NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania / 224

Friday, December 3, 2010  |  Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University  |  Presented by Lehigh University

About

We’re in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania this week, featuring young musicians who are up to remarkable things beyond playing classical music. You’ll meet a 14-year-old pianist who has appeared in a major feature film, a teenage flutist who’s recorded with one of the world’s greatest jazz musicians and a From the Top alum who’s started a new urban orchestra training program in nearby Philadelphia. You’ll also meet an oustanding 11-year-old guitarist and hear the world-famous American Boy Choir.

Performers and repertoire:

Flutist Rachel Rodgers, 15, from South Salem, NY, performs Carnival of Venice by Giulio Briccialdi

Pianist Alice Burla, 14, from Ossining, NY, performs Prelude and Fugue No.2 in A minor by Dmitri Shostakovich and Concert Etude No.1, Prelude by Nikolai Kapustin

Cellist Ben Solomonow, 14, from Evanston, IL, performs Variations on a Paganini Theme by Gregor Piatigorsky

Guitarist Thomas Pfefer, 11, from Bethlehem, PA, performs “Julia Florida” by Agustin Barrios

American Boychoir, ages 9–13, from Princeton, NJ, performs Agnus Dei from Messe Basse by Gabriel Faure and the traditional “Music Down in My Soul”, arranged by Moses Hogan. Conducted by Fernando Malvar-Ruiz and accompanied by Kerry Heimann.

Performers & Repertoire

  • Rachel Rodgers, 15, flute
    Carnival of Venice by Giulio Briccialdi
  • Prelude and Fugue No.2 in A minor by Dmitri Shostakovich and Concert Etude No.1, Prelude by Nikolai Kapustin
  • Ben Solomonow, 14, cello
    Variations on a Paganini Theme by Gregor Piatigorsky
  • Thomas Pfefer, 11, guitar
    “Julia Florida” by Agustin Barrios
  • American Boychoir, 9-13
    Agnus Dei from Messe Basse by Gabriel Faure and the traditional “Music Down in My Soul”, arranged by Moses Hogan

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  • Monday, January 2, 2012
  • Monday, June 6, 2011
  • Monday, January 17, 2011

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