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.
San Francisco, CA
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 6:00pm
The world-renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz returns to From the Top as the special guest artist of this week’s program from the San Francisco Conservatory. With the young performers on the program, Maestro Haimovitz performs a very unusual piece—a children’s musical storybook called “Angel Heart” with music by Luna Pearl Woolf — featuring the internationally best-selling children’s author Cornelia Funke as its narrator. And there’s still the regular lineup of outstanding young musicians, including a 14-year-old violinist performing one of Sarasate’s most spirited show pieces.
Performers & repertoire:
Cambiata String Quartet. Performing the first movement, Allegro con brio, from String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18, by Ludwig van Beethoven.
16-year-old cellist Elena Ariza from Cupertino, California, performing the third movement, Finale (Animé), from the Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, L. 135 by Claude Debussy, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.
15-year-old pianist Elliot Wuu from Fremont, California performing the fourth movement, Vivace, from the Piano Sonata No.2 in D minor, Op.14, by Sergei Prokofiev.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Guitar Quartet, coached by Scott Cmiel performing an arrangement of Mahler's "Von der Jugend" from "Das Lied von der Erde" (The Song of the Earth).
Angel Heart, a music storybook by composer Luna Pearl Woolf and author Cornelia Funke and featuring Lisa Delan, soprano (SFCM alum), Matt Haimovitz, cello (SFCM Pre-College alum), and the Konpeito Cello Quartet. Narrated by Cornelia Funke.
14-year-old violinist Kevin Zhu from Cupertino, California performing "Zapateado" by Pablo de Sarasate, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.