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From the Top at Carnegie Hall; From C to Shining Sea


From the Top At Carnegie Hall From C to Shining Sea

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From the Top at Carnegie Hall
From C to Shining Sea
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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

This week, From the Top at Carnegie Hall showcases young performers from all across the country, beginning with 11-year old cellist Lev Mamuya from Newton, Massachusetts. One of the youngest performers to appear on the television show, Lev is also a proud member of Red Sox Nation and can’t get enough of his favorite candy, Skittles. We then meet 18-year old Eliodoro Vallecillo from Santa Cruz, California who, with the support of his family and his devoted music teacher, overcame great odds to become a rising young French horn player. Eliodoro performs the third movement Allegro from Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 in E-flat, K. 447. The Chicagoland-area Ridere String Quartet, comprised of 18-year olds Samantha Bennett, Ryan Meehan, Emma Steele, and Mindy Park, finds that not only do they play well together, but have a wonderful time doing so, and aptly named their group “Ridere”, the Italian word for laughter. The quartet rounds out the episode with a lively performance of Piazzolla’s Tango for Four.

Featured Music:

Lev Mamuya, Cello and Christopher O’Riley, Piano Third Movement: Allegretto from Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 49 by Dimitri Kabalevsky

Eliodoro Vallecillo, French Horn and Christopher O’Riley, Piano Third Movement: Allegro from Concerto No. 3 in E-flat, K. 477 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ridere String Quartet: Emma Steele (violin), Ryan Meehan (violin), Samantha Bennett (violin), Mindy Park (cello) Tango for Four by Astor Piazzolla



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Chicago: “From the Top at Carnegie Hall; From C to Shining Sea,” 04/29/2008, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 13, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E98F648CBDD144A2AE9E65B769E818EC.
MLA: “From the Top at Carnegie Hall; From C to Shining Sea.” 04/29/2008. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 13, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E98F648CBDD144A2AE9E65B769E818EC>.
APA: From the Top at Carnegie Hall; From C to Shining Sea. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E98F648CBDD144A2AE9E65B769E818EC
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