Hear the next generation of classical champions as talented teens from across the nation play the classics in concert. Often credited for its innovative and fun approach to classical music, From the Top has helped to build a bridge between classical music and youth. Acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley hosts the program, which is distributed by NPR and sponsored by UBS.
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 6:00pm
From the Top returns to Honolulu, Hawaii with a program that features the excellent Hawaii Youth Symphony Orchestra performing a piece inspired by vintage popular music from the islands. Also featured on the program is this year’s 13-year-old junior winner of the prestigious Menuhin International Violin Competition performing the music of Prokofiev, and a 15-year-old clarinetist who got his start in the visionary free urban music training programs of Los Angeles.
Performers and repertoire:
4U Ukulele Quartet of Honolulu, Hawai’I performs “Tokada” by Jake Shimabukuro
Hawai’i Youth Orchestra of Honolulu, Hawai’i, performs I. Allegro of Paul Hindemith’s Symphony Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber and Neil McKay’s Na Mele Overture
12-year-old violinistYesong Sophie Leeof Seattle, Washington, performs IV. Allegro con brio of Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata no. 2, Op. 94 with Christopher O’Riley
15-year-old clarinetistJavier Morales-Martinezfrom Los Angeles, California, performs Première Rhapsodie by Claude Debussy with Christopher O’Riley
13-year-old cellistKevin Songof Irvine, California, performs “Le Grand Tango” by Astor Piazzolla with Christopher O’Riley