From the Top features two programs for Black History Month, Sundays @ 5pm
FTT looks back at 2022 and the 25th Anniversary of Sphinx (2/11) and a celebration of Black musicians through the years (2/25)
2/4 Violinist Rubi Lee plays Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy; cellist Ivan Wang plays Polonaise Brilliante by Chopin; pianist Luke Turner recalls a childhood fear of Mickey Mouse; violist Valeria Serrano shows off her talent for songwriting, and composer Willa Hawthorne shares a new work for oboe and clarinet, performed by Diana Dunn, oboe, and Emily Bowland, clarinet
2/11 In honor of Black History Month, this episode celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Sphinx Organization, featuring excerpts from a live performance by the Sphinx Virtuosi. We’ll also hear stories told by the musicians, leaders, and educators whose lives have been changed by the nationally focused social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.
2/18 Pianist André Peck performs Scherzo No. 3 by Chopin; cellist Sophia Alexander performs Après un rêve by Fauré; trumpeter Christian Garner plays Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by Kent Kennan; oboist Izaiah Cheeran performs selections from Pranayam by Reena Esmail; and we’ll hear a Guitar Quartet to round out the program.
2/25 In honor of Black History Month, this episode celebrates outstanding performances by Black musicians on From the Top through the years. We’ll hear oboist David Norville, pianist Kiesse Nanor, violist Peirce Ellis, marimba player Jeremy Davis, bassoonist Sandra Bailey, cellist Daniel Dorsey, soprano
Lauren Michelle, and the Boston Children’s Chorus performing the traditional spiritual In His Care-O, and Moses Hogan’s arrangement of My Soul's Been Anchored In The Lord.