From the Top at Carnegie Hall

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Meet America's most extraordinary young musicians aged 8 to 18, and witness the excitement of their debut performances at Carnegie Hall! Based on the popular NPR program and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley, From the Top at Carnegie Hall is a production of WGBH Boston, From the Top, and Don Mischer Productions in partnership with Carnegie Hall.

  • The Young People's Chorus of New York City

    In this From the Top at Carnegie Hall video segment, the Young People's Chorus of New York City performs a stirring a cappella piece by contemporary composer Jim Papoulis.
    Grades: 5-12
  • Found Sound: Joshua Jones

    In these two From the Top at Carnegie Hall video segments, 16-year-old Joshua Jones plays Paul Smadbeck's "Rhythm Song" on the marimba and describes his love for percussion and the marimba.
    Grades: 5-12
  • Mad Hot Tango: Caeli Smith

    In this From the Top at Carnegie Hall gallery, 15-year-old violinist Caeli Smith plays a movement from Astor Piazzolla's L'histoire du tango, called "Bordel 1900" and works with Pablo Ziegler, a pianist who collaborated with Piazzolla.
    Grades: 5-12
  • Marimba Beat: Jingchen Sun

    In this From the Top at Carnegie Hall video gallery, watch Jingchen Sun, a 17-year-old marimba player, as she plays a piece by Zivkovic. She also tells how she came to study at the Juilliard School in New York and why the marimba is important to her.
    Grades: 5-12
  • Gypsy Airs: Anna JiEun Lee

    In this From the Top at Carnegie Hall video gallery, 12-year-old Anna JiEun Lee plays Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) by Pablo de Sarasate and describes why music is so important to her.
    Grades: 5-12
  • Exploring Excellence: Kimani Griffin

    In this From the Top at Carnegie Hall video segment, 17-year-old guitarist Kimani Griffin of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, plays the third movement Preludio e toccatina from "Aquarelle" by Sérgio Assad.
    Grades: 5-12
  • Listening with Your Eyes: Matthew Lipman

    In this From the Top at Carnegie Hall video gallery, 16-year-old violist Matthew Lipman plays "La Campanella" from the Second Violin Concerto by Niccolo Paganini and discusses his dedication to lessons and practice.
    Grades: 5-12
  • Musical Journey: Eliodoro Vallecillo

    In this From the Top at Carnegie Hall video segment, 17-year-old Eliodoro Vallecillo plays the Allegro from Mozart's Concerto No. 3 in E flat, K. 447 on the French horn.
    Grades: 5-12
  • One String, Many Sounds: Jonah Ellsworth

    In this From the Top at Carnegie Hall video segment, 13-year-old cellist Jonah Ellsworth plays Variations on One String on a Theme of Rossini, by Niccolo Paganini.
    Grades: 5-12
  • Innovation through Experimentation: Kiyoe Wellington

    In this From the Top at Carnegie Hall video segment, hear a young double bassist from Hawaii play a soulful contemporary piece.
    Grades: 5-12

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