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From the Top at Carnegie Hall; Family Ties


From the Top At Carnegie Hall Family Ties

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From the Top at Carnegie Hall
Family Ties
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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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Eleven-year old Pennsylvania native Daniel Song’s dreams range from pursuing the piano professionally, to being a doctor or even a professional athlete. His grandfather, back in Korea, has never seen him perform, but on this episode of From the Top at Carnegie Hall the two are reunited backstage after Daniel performs Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etude No. 7 in E-flat Major, “Eroica.” Fifteen-year old Caeli Smith, a “Roving Reporter” on From the Top’s NPR radio program, comes from a musical family, and is passionate about musical education in public schools. Host Christoper O’Riley joins Caeli in a stirring performance Bordel 1900 from “L’Histoire du Tango” by Astor Piazzolla. At sixteen-years of age Matthew Lipman is an affable and dedicated violist with a family to match—his mother drives him two hours to his lessons and, although his father was recently laid off, the family still finds a way for Matthew pursue his music. Matthew initially pursued the viola as a way to get attention from the girls in his class, and is armed with a variety of viola jokes. He concludes this episode with a performance of Paganini’s La Campanella accompanied by Christopher O’Riley.

Featured Music:

Daniel Song, Piano Transcendental Etude No. 7 in E-flat Major, “Eroica” by Franz Liszt Bordel 1900 from “L’Histoire du Tango” by Astor Piazzolla, arranged by Tim Ribchester

Matthew Lipman, Violin and Christopher O’Riley, Piano La Campanella by Niccolo Paganini

Caeli Smith, Violin and Christoper O’Riley, Piano



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