From the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, this week’s From the Top (Sunday at 6pm), features a local 12-year-old pianist playing one of Aaron Copland’s most playful pieces, a talented 15-year-old cellist performing Schumann, and the fantastic Junior Division winners of the nation’s most prestigious chamber music competition performing from Leos Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2.
Here’s a taste of last Sunday’s show. Try this: hit play then close your eyes. You won’t believe your ears…
Violinist Chris Robinson is a Louisvillian and student at the College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to being a full-time student, he’s starting a chamber music series called Giovani Vecchi.”Chris was in town promoting his series, and will perform with David Taustine on July 26th at the St. Francis in the Fields Church, in Prospect. Chris and David stopped by to give us a preview of the concert series, with movements of Brahms and Mozart sonatas, and an arrangement of a Chopin Nocturne by Nathan Milstein.
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor is a captivating and widely performed work. It’s filled with subtlety and beauty, and a healthy dose of flash. This week’s Featured Album also includes two works from a very young Felix, who was as much of a prodigy as Mozart. Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang plays with the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä (pronounced YOU-VAS-KUH-LAH), conducted by the legendary flutist Patrick Gallois.