Show 143 | Elgin, Illinois

Recorded: Tuesday, May 2, 2006

This week, From the Top comes to you from Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, Illinois, where you'll meet outstanding musicians from 14 to 18 years old, including a young pianist from Wyoming performing Rachmaninoff and a teenage violinist from Elgin performing Lutoslawski. Also, Roving Reporter Hayley Goldbach challenges a fabulous 18-year-old cellist to a very "genteel" game of ping-pong -- with disastrous results.

Performers and Repertoire:

The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and bagpiper Carl Donley, 17, performs "An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise" by Peter Maxwell Davies

Pianist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Dasom Kim, 16 from Laramie, WY, performs Études Tableaux, Op.39, No.1 in C minor, "Allegro agitato" by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Cellist Nan-Cheng Chen, 18, from Taiwan and studying at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA, performs the "Spinning Song", Op.55 by David Popper

Violinist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Shawn Moore, 18, from Elgin, IL, performs "Subito" for Violin and Piano by Witold Lutoslawski

Fasttrack Trio (flutist Abraham Noda, 15 from Wilmette, IL; cellist Zuren Hsueh, 14, from Naperville, IL; and pianist Richard Kahn, 16, from Highland Park, IL) performs Fantasia Concertante for piano, flute and cello, Op.256 by Carl Czerny