NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley: Wellesley, Massachusetts / 304
From Wellesley, Massachusetts, this week’s From the Top pays tribute to Jewish composers and Jewish music. A precocious 12-year-old violinist performs the music of George Gershwin, a young tenor performs his own composition inspired by the great twentieth century Jewish poet Hannah Senesh, and the show’s finale features the great sound of Klezmer music. Special recorded pieces by composers Osvaldo Golijov, Shulamit Ran, Hankus Netsky, and more.
Performers & Repertoire
- Catalmadge String Quartet from Walnut Hill School for the Arts (coached by Laura Thielke)
Caroline Joyner, 17, violin; Claire Walter, 18, violin; Chris Rogers-Beadle, 17, viola; Erica Ogihara, 17, celloThe first movement, Alla Valse Viennese, and the fifth movement, Alla Tarantella, from Five Pieces by Erwin Schulhoff
- The second movement, Modéré, and the third movement, Brazileira, from Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud with Christopher O'Riley
- Excerpts from: "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind" by Osvaldo Golijov
- Excerpt from "Mirage" by Shulamit Ran
- Excerpts from "Rejoice", "Adudale" and other Jewish pieces, featuring Hankus Netsky, Cantor Yitzhak Helfgot and Itzhak Perlman
- "Prayer," From Jewish Life by Ernst Bloch
- The second movement, Andante con moto e poco rubato, and the third movement, Allegro ben ritmato e deciso, by George Gershwin, arr. Heifetz, with Christopher O'Riley, piano
- Excerpts from music by composer Noah AaronsonEileh Chamdah Libi
- Performing his own composition, "Ashrei Hagafrur" (Blessed is the match) with Christopher O'Riley, piano, based on a poem by Hannah Senesh. Samuel's appearance is supported in part by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.
- "Greser Vi Dos Leben" by Jeremiah Klarman
- Monday, March 30, 2015
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- Monday, April 10, 2017
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