Highlight 023 | Recorded in Studio

Recorded: Monday, October 20, 2014

Featuring nearly twice as much music as From the Top’s regular episodes, this “Mostly Music” highlights program celebrates some of the best performances by young people From the Top has presented over the past couple of seasons. We meet a wonderfully quirky 14-year-old cellist, enjoy Mozart performed by a teenager from New York State, and we hear perhaps the strongest teenage baritone From the Top has ever encountered sing the music of Schubert.

Performers and repertoire:

14-year-old cellist Johannes Gray from Wilmette, Illinois, performs “Capriccio” by Lukas Foss (1922–2009), with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

17-year-old pianist Kate Liu from Winnetka, Illinois, performs the second movement, Presto, from Piano Sonata No. 2 by Avner Dorman (b. 1975).

15-year-old violinist Gloria Ferry-Brennan from Langley, Washington, performs the first movement, Allegro con fuoco, from Violin Sonata, Op. 119, by Francis Poulenc (1899–1963), with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

The Meshugene Quartet performs the fifth movement, Allegro, from String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 117, by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975).

    18-year-old violinist Lisa Chertok from Vernon Hills, Illinois
    15-year-old violinist Rachel Stenzel from Holiday Hills, Illinois
    18-year-old violist Ariel Chapman from Lincolnshire, Illinois
    15-year-old cellist Christopher Gao from Long Grove, Illinois

17-year-old oboist Nicholas Tisherman from Katonah, New York, performs the first movement, Allegro, from Oboe Quartet in F major, K. 370, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

17-year-old baritone Aaron Bigeleisen from Pittsford, New York, performs “Kriegers Ahnung” from Schwanengesang, D 957, by Franz Schubert (1797–1828), with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

Quartet Tzigane performs the fourth movement, Allegro molto, from Piano Quartet in D minor by William Walton (1902–1983).

    15-year-old violinist Graydon Tope from Minneapolis, Minnesota
    15-year-old violist Sloane Wesloh from Stillwater, Minnesota
    13-year-old cellist Parker Tope from Minneapolis, Minnesota
    13-year-old pianist Evren Ozel from Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Boston Children’s Chorus, ages 13–18, from Boston, Massachusetts, performs “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson (1899–1984), directed by Anthony Trecek-King.