Show 289 | Seattle, Washington

Recorded: Saturday, April 26, 2014

From Seattle, Washington, this week's program features a local teenage violinist delivering an emotional performance of the music of Ernest Bloch, teenagers from Chicago perform a thrilling wild and fun work for sax quartet, and we'll enjoy the broadcast premiere of a new composition written by an 18-year-old from New York City – an intriguing and ethereal piece titled Tropholingua, which means “language of plants.”

Performers and repertoire:

17-year-old cellist Audrey Chen from Redmond, Washington, performs Variations on a Theme by Rossini by Niccolò Paganini, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

16-year-old pianist Agata Sorotokin from San Jose, California, performs movements from “Musical Toys” by Sofia Gubaidulina.
     “Mechanical Accordion”
     “Magic Roundabout”
     “A Bear Playing Double Bass and the Black Woman”
     “The Woodpecker”
     “The Drummer”

17-year-old violinist Felicity James from Seattle, Washington, performs the second movement, Nigun (Improvisation) from Baal Shem, Three Pictures of Hassidic Life for Violin and Piano by Ernest Bloch, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

18-year-old composer Jack Gulielmetti from New York, New York, has movements of his piano trio Tropholingua performed by 18-year-old cellist Joseph Teeter from Topeka, Kansas; 17-year-old violinist Felicity James from Seattle, Washington; and 16-year-old pianist Agata Sorotokin from San Jose, California.

     I.     As if floating
     II.    Resurrection and the Life
     IV.   Rising upwards, no sense of downbeat
     V.    Finishing a phrase, as well as keeping your own voice”
     XX. Resurrected, building to the moment”

Jack's appearance on From the Top is supported by ASCAP Foundation Jack and Amy Norworth Fund.

Precipice Saxophone Quartet performs the fifth movement, Fanfare/Variations on “Durch Adams Fall” (Through Adam’s Fall), from Recitation Book for Saxophone Quartet by David Maslanka.

    18-year-old soprano saxophonist Justin Udry from Kenosha, Wisconsin
    17-year-old alto saxophonist Elizabeth Rangel (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Chicago, Illinois
    18-year-old tenor saxophonist Logan Curry from Maywood, Illinois
    17-year-old baritone saxophonist Shane Woods from Matteson, Illinois

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