Pentatonix beat boxer Kevin Olusola joins From the Top for a Juneteenth special on 6/19 @ 5pm
The regular June broadcasts of From the Top include a special where young musicians share their views on the black experience in classical music.
6/5 Violinist Samuel Igbo performs Fantasie No. 1 by Florence Price; pianist Ellen Foreman plays a Sonata by Grazyna Bacewicz; Noah Carver sings Music for a While by Henry Purcell; violinist Emma Servadio performs Three Romances for Violin and Piano by Clara Shumann; and we’ll hear from The Aurelian Saxophone Quartet.
6/13 From Louisville, KY, we hear violinist Emily Hwang perform a sonata by Brahms; percussionist Kevin Reyes shares an experience that inspired him to connect with his Mexican-American heritage, and violinist Maxwell Fairman recalls his performance at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama of Summerland by William Grant Still.
6/20 Juneteenth Special This special broadcast features co-host Kevin Olusola and outstanding young black musicians performing works by black composers, including music by William Grant Still, Sam Cooke, Florence Price, and a new work by a young composer. These excellent young players discuss what Juneteenth means to them and the black experience in classical music. Best known as the beat boxer of Pentatonix, Kevin has performed at Carnegie Hall twice as a soloist on the cello and saxophone. In March 2015, Kevin released his first solo album, The Renegade EP which debuted #1 on Billboard Traditional Classical and Classical Crossover charts.
6/27 New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist Anthony McGill makes a guest appearance performing Brahms with cellist Noah Chung-Igelman, and joins the Traumerei Clarinet Quintet in La Petite Valse by Anton Maiseyenka. We’ll also hear from violinist Sophia Molina, violist Esther Clayton and guitarist Reade Park.