NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley: Santa Barbara, California / Show 342
From Santa Barbara, California, this week’s From the Top features fantastic musicians who are studying at the prestigious Music Academy of the West, which celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year. We’ll hear a young pianist triumphantly perform one of Rachmaninoff’s most complex pieces for the piano, a teenage violinist recounts a life-changing realization, and we feature a world-premiere of “Asymptotes”, a newly commissioned work for clarinet, viola, and piano from composer and From the Top alum, Conrad Tao.
Performers & Repertoire
- Performing the third movement, Rasch und mit Feuer, from Fantasiestücke, Op.73 for Cello and Piano by Robert Schumann with Christopher O'Riley, piano
- Performing the first movement, Allegro agitato, from Piano Sonata No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
- Performing the first movement, Elégie, from the Sonata for Oboe and Piano by Francis Poulenc with Christopher O'Riley, piano
- Premiering "Asymptotes" by Conrad Tao (b. 1994)
- Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43 by Pablo de Sarasate
- “Vissi d'arte” from Act II of the Opera “Tosca”, by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), transcribed for piano by Michael Davidman
- Monday, October 2, 2017
- Monday, April 23, 2018
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Support Provided By
“Asymptotes” by Conrad Tao was commissioned by From the Top and generously supported by John and Janet Pattillo. The world premiere was part of From the Top’s New Music Series, supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation