NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley Salem, Massachusetts / 292

Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 4:00PM  |  Morse Auditorium  |  Presented by Peabody Essex Museum


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Show 292 was recorded at The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. We hear an award-winning string quartet from Chicago perform the music of Bartók, and a teenager from Maryland performs an epic piece on the traditional Chinese instrument, the guzheng. Watch a video of the guzheng performance here.

Given the show’s art museum venue, each young performer also discusses a connection between the music they’re performing and a work of visual art in the museum’s collection. You can see those photos by visiting this show’s flickr gallery.

This show also featured the works of Peabody Essex Museum Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin. “Corona” may be heard on the broadcast and seen in a video here.

Another movement, Sprich Auch Du, maybe seen in this video:

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From the Top is grateful to the staff of Peabody Essex Museum for helping to make this unique event possible.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

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