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From the Top at Carnegie Hall; Style and Substance


From the Top At Carnegie Hall Style and Substance

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From the Top at Carnegie Hall
Style and Substance
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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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Tonight on From the Top at Carnegie Hall we meet a young lady who takes the artistry of performing classical music to a new level by infusing her performances with her sense of personal style. Eleven-year old violinist Simone Porter from Seattle, Washington designs her own concert attire and frequently bases her designs on what repertoire she’s performing—she even made a dress especially for playing Mozart and Mendelssohn! Thirteen-year old cellist and volleyball player Jonah Ellsworth from Cambridge, Massachusetts, accompanied by Host Christopher O’Riley, performs Paganini’s Variations on One String on a Theme of Rossini using only one string of his cello. Eighteen-year old tuba player Ibanda Ruhumbika is passionate about sharing music with kids and is a member of the prestigious Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. He dreams of playing in a major orchestra like the New York Philharmonic one day, and is joined onstage at Carnegie Hall by members of the Phil’s brass section for a performance of That’s a Plenty by Lew Pollack (arr. Steve Cooper) to conclude the episode.

Featured Music:

Simone Porter, Violin and Christopher O’Riley, Piano Danse Espagnole by Manuel de Falla, arranged by Fritz Kreisler

Jonah Ellsworth, Cello and Christopher O’Riley, Piano Variations on One String on a Theme of Rossini by Niccolo Paganini

Ibanda Ruhumbika, Tuba and members of the New York Philharmonic Brass Section That’s a Plenty by Lew Pollack, arranged by Steve Cooper



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