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From the Top at Carnegie Hall; Family Affair


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From the Top at Carnegie Hall
Family Affair
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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

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It's all in the family as FROM THE TOP: LIVE FROM CARNEGIE HALL features a sister-and-brother act from Orinda, California: 10-year-old Clark (inspired by Yo-Yo Ma's appearance on MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD) on cello and 14-year-old Chloe Pang on piano; 13-year-old Leeza Ali, from a musical family in Mendota Heights, Minnesota; and 17-year-old trumpeter Conrad Jones, from Sayville, New York, whose parents are both music educators. The Pang siblings tackle a rollercoaster of a piece: the allegro from Shostakovich's Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor. Conrad displays his talents on Clarke's Carnival of Venice. Viewers get a glimpse of the everyday life of Leeza's family, where musical talent seems to be in the water.

Featured Music Leeza Ali, piano Sonata in F Major, K.332, III. Allegro assai, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Conrad Jones, trumpet, and Christopher O'Riley, piano "Carnival of Venice", by Herbert Clarke (1867-1945)

Clark Pang, cello, and Chloe Pang, piano II. Allegro from the Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op.40, by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)



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