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, March 5, 2017 - 6:00pm
From Orono, Maine, this week’s program features violinist, educator, and composer Mark O’Connor as a special guest artist, and he brings his signature American fiddle sound to some exciting collaborations with the young performers on the show. We’ll also hear the inspirational story of how studying music helped the young cellist on the program overcome major physical coordination challenges.
Performers & repertoire
15-year-old violinist Nathan Meltzer from New York, New York, performing the first movement, Allegro assai, from the Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8, Op. 30, No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven with Christopher O’Riley, piano.
Violinist Mark O’Connor and 15-year-old violinist Nathan Meltzer performing “Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla, arr. by Mark O’Connor.
15-year-old violist Hae Sue Lee from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania performing the second movement, Allegro appassionato, from the Sonata for Viola and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 120, No. 2 by Johannes Brahms, with Christopher O’Riley, piano.
17-year-old bassoon player Devin Adams from Limerick, Maine performing the first movement, Allegretto moderato, from the Sonata for Bassoon and Piano in G major, Op. 168 by Camille Saint-Saëns with Christopher O’Riley, piano.
16-year-old cellist Olivia Marckx from Bellevue, Washington performing the first movement, Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto, from the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy, with Christopher O’Riley, piano.
Mark and Maggie O’Connor String Quartet – including Mark and Maggie O’Connor on violin, Hae Sue Lee on viola, and Olivia Marckx on cello. Performing the first movement from String Quartet No. 1 by Mark O’Connor.