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From the Top at Carnegie Hall; Singing, Strumming, and Skating


From the Top At Carnegie Hall Singing Strumming and Skating

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From the Top at Carnegie Hall
Singing, Strumming, and Skating
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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 stage is packed with teenagers this evening when From the Top at Carnegie Hall welcomes the Young People’s Chorus of New York City along with their passionate Founder and Artistic Director Francisco J. Nunez. After a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of some of its young performers, the chorus performs Jim Papoulis’s Panta Rhei (All Things Are In Flux) and Luis Kalaff’s Guayacanal. We then meet 17-year old classical guitarist Kimani Griffin from Winston-Salem, North Carolina who doubles as an equally talented speed skater with Olympic potential. Kimani performs the third movement Preludio e toccatina from “Aquarelle” by Sérgio Assad.

Featured Music:

Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Francisco J. Nunez, Artistic Director Guayacanal by Bienvenido Brens and Luis Kalaff, arranged by Francisco J. Nunez

Panta Rhei (All Things Are in Flux) by Jim Papoulis

Kimani Griffin, Guitar Third Movement Preludio e toccatina from Aquarelle by Sergio Assad



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Chicago: “From the Top at Carnegie Hall; Singing, Strumming, and Skating,” 05/21/2008, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_77B93B99B3C04E3FB22D0939F422828A.
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