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From the Top at Carnegie Hall; Musical Traditions


From the Top At Carnegie Hall Musical Traditions

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From the Top at Carnegie Hall
Musical Traditions
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Broadcast in 2007

WGBH, From the Top, and Don Mischer Productions Team Up to Make Young Talent Seen as Well as Heard in From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall. WGBH Boston in collaboration with National Public Radio’s From the Top and Carnegie Hall brings the popular music variety program to PBS member stations. Like the radio series, the television series will showcase the top-notch musicianship, offbeat humor, and original insights of America’s best young classical musicians.

This engaging series of 13 half-hour programs celebrates young classical musicians whose passion and talent for music is exceptional. A co-production of WGBH and From the Top, the series’ mission is to encourage, support and celebrate the commitment of young people to music and the arts. The series is filmed at Carnegie Hall, where the young musicians and guest artists will perform together before a live audience and television cameras.

Just like on radio, the television show will be hosted by Christopher O’Riley and feature outstanding musical performances as well as interviews with talented young musicians, along with games, special guests and more! Series release date: 2007

Program Description

The musical talents of a brother and sister team of violinists are showcased when the Switala Duo from Grapevine, Texas performs Passacaglia (after Handel) on this episode of From the Top at Carnegie Hall. Double bassist Kiyoe Wellington is fifteen-years old and hails from Kaneohe, Hawaii. She comes from a family of bassists, and in honor of the musical tradition in her family, plays François Rrabbath’s “Reitba” on her grandfather’s bass accompanied by Host Christopher O’Riley. Eighteen-year old Patricio Molina, the third and final performer on this episode, is a musical star in his native Chile, but moved to New York City to study piano at the Manhattan School of Music. Patricio performs Peter Mennin’s Toccata to conclude the episode.

Featured Music:

Switala Duo: Alexandra Switala (violin), Robert Switala (violin) Passacaglia (after Handel) by Johan Halvorsen

Kiyoe Wellington, Double Bass and Christopher O’Riley, Piano Reitba by Francois Rabbath

Patricio Molina, Piano Toccata by Peter Mennin



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