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Classical guitar prodigy Preston Hong performs on From the Top, Sun 1/22 @ 5pm

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Los Altos resident Preston Hong talks about performing intricate compositions as a young musician this week on NPR's "From the Top."

Guitarist Preston Hong plays Sunburst by Andrew York.

1/1 Violinist Rubi Lee plays the wonderful Carmen Fantasy, cellist Ivan Wang performs an exciting Chopin Polonaise, pianist Luke Turner recalls a childhood fear of Mickey Mouse, violist Valeria Serrano shows off her talent for songwriting, and inspiring composer Willa Hawthorne shares a new work for oboe and clarinet.

1/8 This week, marimba duo of Bridget Hemesath and Gabriel Hsieh will perform Pius Cheung’s arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue; pianist Alyssa Gabrilovich performs Rachmaninoff; cellist Brandon Leonard performs a sonata by Ysaÿe; violist Jacob Shin plays a sonata by Brahms; and violinist Ana Isabella España plays a Scherzo & Tarantella by Wieniawski. Orli Shaham is guest host.

1/15 This week we’ll hear pianist Augus Baik performa a sonata by Haydn; violinist Emm-Grace Kim performs Schumann with guest co-host violinist Charles Yang; percussionist Rishab Jain plays music by Blake Tyson; cellist Kyle Ryu plays Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces; and we’ll enjoy several selections featuring the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir.

1/22 Guitarist Preston Hong plays Sunburst by Andrew York; cellist Carson Ling-Efird plays a Capriccio by Foss; pianist Ursula Hardianto plays an etude by Kapustin; violinist Kayleigh Kim performs Shostakovich and we’ll hear new music for quartet featuring co-host violinist Charles Yang, violist Pierce Ellis, double bassist Braden Ellis, and host and pianist Peter Dugan.

1/29 One of the strongest teenage piano trios in the country, the Philips Trio performs Beethoven with passion and precision. We’ll also hear bariton Saman de Silva performing Shakespeare by Gerald Finzi; cellist Maximus Gurath plays music by Mark Summer, and violinist Anagha Kapsi, who just might be an orchestral conductor someday, performs a Chaconne by Tomaso Antonio Vitali.

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