Hear the next generation of classical champions as talented teens from across the nation play the classics in concert. Often credited for its innovative and fun approach to classical music, From the Top has helped to build a bridge between classical music and youth. Acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley hosts the program, which is distributed by NPR and sponsored by UBS.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
From Louisville, Kentucky, this week’s From the Top features a superb 17-year-old pianist from Brooklyn who wants to devote himself to the work of racially diversifying the world of classical music. We’ll also hear an entrancing performance of “Over the Rainbow” performed on marimba by the local teen percussionist, and the Louisville Youth Orchestra perform a brand new piece by American composer Christopher Theofanidis.
Performers & repertoire:
Louisville Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jason Seber performs the third movement, Each Stone Speaks a Poem, from “Dreamtime Ancestors” by Christopher Theofanidis.
17-year-old pianist Clayton Stephenson from Brooklyn, New York, (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) performs the third movement, Allegro moderato and the fourth movement, Presto feroce, from Gargoyles, Op. 29, by Lowell Liebermann.
17-year-old flutist Ayana Terauchi from Midland, Michigan, performs Fantaisie for Flute and Piano by Georges Hüe, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.
18-year-old percussionist Cole E. Gregory from Louisville, Kentucky, (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) performs “Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen, arranged for solo marimba by Robert Oetomo (b. 1988).
17-year-old violinist Aubree Oliverson from Orem, Utah, performs Praeludium and Allegro (in the Style of Pugnani) by Fritz Kreisler, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.
17-year-old pianist Clayton Stephenson from Brooklyn, New York, (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist), performs "The Tom and Jerry Show" by Hiromi Uehara.