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From the Top at Carnegie Hall; Banjo Makeover


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From the Top at Carnegie Hall
Banjo Makeover
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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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The banjo as a classical instrument? Only on FROM THE TOP: LIVE FROM CARNEGIE HALL. Bela Fleck, the man who reinvented the banjo, joins 14-year-old violinist Caroline Goulding from Shaker Heights, Ohio, and 13-year-old cellist Gabriel Cabezas from Willamette, Illinois, for performances of Fleck's arrangement of Debussy's "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum." They also perform his own rousing composition, "County Clare," inspired by a trip to the Emerald Isle. Fleck gets more than he bargained for when Caroline does a Martha Stewart-style makeover on his banjo case.

Featured Music Caroline Goulding, violin, and Christopher O'Riley, piano "Banjo and Fiddle" by William Kroll (1901-1980)

Béla Fleck, banjo, Caroline Goulding, violin, and Gabriel Cabezas, cello "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum" from Children's Corner by Claude Debussy (1862-1918), arranged by Béla Fleck

Béla Fleck, banjo, Caroline Goulding, violin, Mann-Wen Lo, violin, Sarah Harball, viola, and Gabriel Cabezas, cello "County Clare" for banjo and string quartet by Béla Fleck, orchestrated by Kristin Wilkinson



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