NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley: Storrs, Connecticut / 297
From the University of Connecticut, this week’s From the Top includes an emotional performance of Rachmaninoff’s Elegie in E-flat minor performed by a young pianist from southern Connecticut, a twelve-year-old violinist brings to life all of the quixotic mood changes in Prokofiev’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, and we’ll get a dose of teenage musical philosophy from a philosophical sixteen-year-old cellist.
Performers & Repertoire
- The Clemens Quartet
KJ McDonald, 17, Violin; Jason Corbin, 16, Violin; Patrick Marsh, 17, Viola; Alex Mansour, 17, CelloThe first movement, Allegro, from the String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91 by Béla Bartók
- Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
- "Morceau de Salon" by Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda
- Elegie in E-flat minor, Op. 3, No. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
- The first movement, Moderato, from the Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op 94a by Sergei Prokofiev
- "The High Reel Set," arr. Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Beyond the Concert Hall
The performers on this show visited two local student groups. The first was at the Windham Middle School, where they lead a music workshop that got a crowd of 150 middle school students. During this workshop, the performers taught the students to dance to Kalliwoda, hear the layers of a Bartok string quartet, and help arrange the sequence of an original Sempre Sisters fiddle tune. The performers followed this up with a visit to the UCONN School of the Arts for a shared recital with students from the music school. Big thanks to Rodney Rock, Linda Neelly, and Jaquelyn Darbyshire for making our visits possible.
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