Show 280 | Wingate, North Carolina

Recorded: Saturday, November 23, 2013

From North Carolina, this week's show features the return appearance of a From the Top alumnus who went on to win a top prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this year. He's the first American to become a medalist in over sixteen years. We'll also meet a teenage bassoonist with a beautifully poetic story about the wilderness of New England and how it has moved his heart and shaped his music.

Performers and repertoire:

16-year-old flutist Olivia Staton from Vienna, Virginia, performing "Chant de Linos" by André Jolivet (1905–1974), accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.

13-year-old violinist Qing Yu Chen from Bayside, New York, performing Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28, by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921), accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.

17-year-old pianist Clara Gerdes from Davidson, North Carolina, and 17-year-old pianist Hannah Wang from Charlotte, North Carolina, performing III. Ruhig bewegt – Sehr lebhaft from Sonata for Piano, Four Hands, by Paul Hindemith (1895–1963).

18-year-old bassoonist Isaac Schultz from Exeter, New Hampshire, performing II. Allegro from the Sonata in F minor by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.

Alumni feature: pianist Sean Chen from Oak Park, California, performing Etude No. 13, "L'escalier du diable" (The Devil's Staircase) by György Ligeti (1923–2006).

Christopher O'Riley and Sean Chen, piano four-hands, performing "The Sacrificial Dance" from "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), arranged by Stravinsky.