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From the Top oboist Zachary Allen plays The Door of No Return, Sun 4/7 @ 5pm

The Door of No Return (Ouidah) is a sonata for solo instrument & piano by composer Althea Talbot-Howard, that charts the abduction of slaves by rival nations from elsewhere in the African continent; the march to the Slave Coast; the sometimes-lethal journey across the Atlantic; and forced labor on the island of Antigua. It also recognizes the work of late Congressman John Lewis in the Civil Rights movement. He visited the Door in 2019.

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17-year-old oboist Zachary Allen from Skokie, Illinois is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship winner

4/7 Alex Laing co-hosts a program with some artists from the Merit School in Chicago. We’ll hear duo-pianists Luke Magee and Elio Gaviria perform an arrangement of It’s Lovely Here and Floods of Spring by Rachmaninoff; flutists Anika Veda performing musical portraits by Valerie Coleman; oboist Zachary Allen plays The Door of No Return by Althea Talbot-Howard; violinist Emma Servadio plays Three Romances by Clara Schumann; and pianist Son Duong plays music of Chopin. Composer Althea Talbot-Howard speaks about this work.

4/14 This week we hear violinist Joshua Lee perform music by Nathan Milstein; pianist Hannah Lui plays Rachmaninoff; cellist Abraham Kim plays Barber; violinist Jacqueline Rodenbeck plays a Rag by William Bolcom; oboist Hannah Cho plays music by Poulenc and the Westwood Symphony Orchestra performs Shostakovich.

4/21 Cellist Noah Chen performs music of Dvorak; The Bone Rangers (Owen Riordan, Deaglan Sullivan, Padric Sullivan, Calleigh Riodan, tn) perform music by David Faleris; pianist Xuanyan Jessie Gong plays Rachmaninoff; violinist Jeremy Foster plays J.S. Bach; and a trio of cellist Samuel DeCaprio, violinist Gergana Haralampieva and pianist Thomas Weaver perform a work by young composer Taki Salameh.

4/28 In recognition of Earth Day (April 22) we hear music inspired by nature presented by oboist Minoo Jang; pianist Julia Zhou; composer/pianist Winston Schneider; harpist Viviana Alfaro; and cellist Jiin Yun.

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