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From the Top in March features two programs with young musicians with disabilities, 3/10 & 3/24 @ 5pm


3/3 Charles Yang, genre-bending violinist and member of the acclaimed Time for Three, co-hosts this episode where we’ll hear works by modern day composers from China and Argentina, as well as music by Schubert, Prokofiev, and Piazzolla. Artists include violinist Liyu Chen, the AhHa violin and guitar duo, cellist Vincent Garcia-Hettinger, violist Maanas Varma, and double bassist Christian Luevano

3/10 This special episode, co-hosted by FTT alum Julia LaGrand is dedicated to the stories and performances of disabled and neurodivergent musicians. Julia, who is blind, also interviews special guest Itzhak Perlman. We meet a 16-year-old double bassist who began studying music when spina bifida made it difficult to keep up with youth sports leagues, a 14-year-old pianist who uses Braille scores to learn his repertoire, a 26-year-old cellist who believes his musical skills are sharpened by his autism, and a 16-year-old pianist with Escobar Syndrome who shares her journey to millions on social media.

3/17 Recorded at Interlochen Public Radio we’ll hear from cellist Cameron Renshaw performing The Swan from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns; flutist Jian Kim who performs Excerpts from Fantaisie for Flute and Piano by Georges Hüe; violinist Ari Han who will perform a Violin Sonata by Eugène Ysaÿe; violist Alexandra Yeoh performs music by Robert Schumann; and clarinetist Luis Montero Hernández performs a Clarinet Sonata by Francis Poulenc.

3/24 This week we meet blind tenor Noah Carver from coastal Maine who lobsters with his dad. Noah will perform Music for a While by Henry Purcell. We’ll also hear violinist Samuel Igbo performing a Fantasie by Florence Price; The Aurelian Saxophone Quartet performing Phantom Dance by Yosuke Fukuda; and violinist Amelia Cannavo performing Rhapsody No. 2 by contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery.

3/31 It’s an All Sonatas episode, featuring percussionist Campbell Stewart performing Violin Sonata No.2 by J.S. Bach; cellist Hannah Jeong performing Cello Sonata No. 5 by Beethoven; violist Stephen Chang performing Viola Sonata by Brahms; violinist Alette Williams performing a Violin Sonata by de Grandval; bassoonist Zachary Piesner performing Bassoon Sonata Saint-Saëns; and pianist Wei-Ning Isabella Ko performing Sonata Andina by Gabriela Lena Frank.

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