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From the Top at Carnegie Hall; Taste Of America


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From the Top at Carnegie Hall
Taste Of America
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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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Host Christopher O'Riley presents a dazzling rumba with 17-year-old saxophone player Kevin Olusola from Owensboro, Kentucky, who then outshines himself with a beatbox performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Seraphina, a Philadelphia-area string quartet made up of the Smith sisters—14-year-old Caeli and 16-year-old Madeline—and the 15-year-old Tabby twins, Sabrina and Genevieve, join Rochelle Chester, a 17-year-old Navajo composer from Kayenta, Arizona, on stage to perform Rochelle's "Moon's Lullaby." George Li, 11 years old, from Lexington, Massachusetts, takes a break from the science lab to perform Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11 in A Minor. Featured Music Kevin Olusola, alto saxophone, and Christopher O'Riley, piano "Rumba" by Maurice Whitney (1909-1984)

Rochelle Chester, composer, and Seraphina (sisters Caeli Smith, violin, Madeline Smith, viola, and twin sisters Sabrina Tabby, violin, and Genevieve Tabby, cello) Chester's composition "Moon's Lullaby"

George Li, piano Hungarian Rhapsody No.11 in A minor by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)



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