FROM THE TOP AT CARNEGIE HALL "Rhythm and Strings" on WXXI-TV

FROM THE TOP AT CARNEGIE HALL "Rhythm and Strings" on WXXI-TV

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 10:30pm

A marimba  performance by 16-year-old Joshua Jones of Chicago, Illinois; 12-year-old violinist Anna Lee, from Queens, New York; and the Maggiore Trio — Anna Lee, 11-year-old pianist Alice Burla and 13-year-old cellist Taeguk Mun.

Whether he’s accompanying the gospel choir in his church or playing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Percussion Scholarship Group, 16-year-old marimba player Joshua Jones of Chicago, Illinois, finds rhythm all around him, sometimes even while doing his household chores. Also featured is 12-year-old violinist Anna Lee, from Queens, New York, whose classmates affectionately call her “one small girl with one big attitude.” Accompanied by host Christopher O’Riley, Anna gives a performance of Pablo de Saraste’s “Ziguenerweisen” (“Gypsy Airs”), Op. 20, No. 1, and also appears as one-third of the Maggiore Trio — the final performers on this episode. Rounding out the trio are 11-year-old pianist Alice Burla, who was featured in the first season of FROM THE TOP AT CARNEGIE HALL, and 13-year-old cellist Taeguk Mun. The Maggiore Trio performs the third movement, Presto (“Gypsy Rondo”), from Haydn’s Piano Trio in G Minor.

FROM THE TOP AT CARNEGIE HALL "Rhythm and Strings"airs Wednesday, May 5 at 10:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

America’s most extraordinary young musicians, aged eight to 18, are showcased on PBS in FROM THE TOP AT CARNEGIE HALL. Based on the popular NPR program and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, the television series takes viewers behind the scenes with today’s rising young musicians and captures the excitement of their Carnegie Hall debuts. Intimate backstage and hometown footage of these talented young performers reveals that they bring passion and determination not only to music, but to everything from speed skating and soccer to fashion design and model trains. Emmy Award-winning director Gary Halvorson directs.

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