St. Paul, MN / 21

Sunday, May 21, 2000  |  Presented by Great American History Theatre


This week, From the Top presents the best of Minnesota in a broadcast from the Great American History Theatre in Saint Paul. We meet a brilliant 12-year-old violinist who’s also a budding expert in nanotechnology. We hear an 18-year-old pianist tackle what is considered to be one of Ravel’s most difficult pieces for the piano: his Tocatta. We meet a teenage practiceaholic and learn his family’s humorous advice on how to survive hours and hours of musical repetition. And finally, we play an unusually absurd round of “Musical Jeopardy” with a bunch of kooky percussionists.

Performers and Repertoire:

Violinist Nicole Ali, 12, from Mendota Heights, MN, performs Spanish Dance by Fabian Rehfeld

Pianist Greg Neil Anderson, 18, from Lake Elmo, MN, performs Tocatta by Maurice Ravel

Recorder player John West,13, from Minneapolis, MN performs Cantus II by Egil Hovland

Host Christopher O’Riley performs “Little Tunes Beside a Brook” from The Soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky

The MacPhail Rimshots Percussion Ensemble (Deborah Goodman, 18, from Minneapolis, MN; Hamed Firouzi, 15, from Minneapolis, MN; Lindsay Lewis, 17, from Sunfish Lake, MN; Max Rudolph, 16, from St. Paul, MN; Michael Snoufer, 16, from Prior Lake, MN; and Norman Pentelovich, 18, from Minneapolis, MN) performs “Farandole” from The Carmen Suite by Georges Bizet, arranged by Ruth Jeanne

French horn player Sonya Kuhnau,18, from Burnsville, MN performs Concerto, 3rd mvt. by Reinhold Glière

Performers & Repertoire

Release Dates

  • Monday, January 22, 2001
  • Monday, September 18, 2000

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