Show 238 | Chicago, Illinois

Recorded: Saturday, July 2, 2011

This week, From the Top comes to you from the National Educators Association Annual Meeting at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, Illinois where you'll hear a 17-year-old violist play the music of William Walton, an 18-year-old baritone sing from Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughn Williams, and scenes from Stravinksy's "The Soldier’s Tale" performed by teenagers from Chicago and one very cool teacher.

Performers and repertoire:

Violist Stephanie Block, 17, from Barrington, IL performs I. Andante comodo from Concerto for Viola and Orchestra by William Walton

Baritone Geoffrey Hahn, 18 from Carpinteria, CA performs “Whither Must I Wander?” from Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Cellist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Nikita Annenkov, 19, from Columbus, OH performs Impromptu by Alexander Arutunian

Septacular (violinist Julia Ghica, 17; clarinetist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Kamila Hines-Muhammad, 17; bassoonist Abigail Arnold, 17; trumpeter Joel Cantoran, 17; trombonist Jacob Mezera, 16; double bassist Daniela Gazibara, 18; and percussionist Yael Litwin, 18) from the Chicago area perform I. Soldier’s March, III. Royal March and V. The Devil’s Dance from "The Soldier’s Tale" by Igor Stravinsky. Narration by Brayer Teague.

Pianist Kate Liu, 17 from Winnetka, IL performs II. Presto from Sonata No. 2 by Avner Dorman

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