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Taichi Warrior of Erhu with From the Top, April 2020

The erhu

The erhu is a two-stringed instrument played with a bow. It is sometimes known as a Southern fiddle, a Chinese Violin, or a Chinese two-stringed fiddle. This month on From the Top, the Erhu will be featured as a young erhu player performs Taichi Warrior of Erhu by Chen Jun. (4/19)

4/5        Grammy Award winning jazz clarinetist and composer Paquito D’Rivera joins host Peter Dugan at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston. We’ll hear four outstanding musicians from Massachusetts, one from Florida, and From the Top alumna Ria Mondak, who now studies guitar at the New England Conservatory.

4/12      This week’s program celebrates Jewish contributions to classical music featuring concert pianist Lara Downes as guest host. We’ll hear a 14-year-old share what it’s like to grow up in a Korean and Jewish household, a new piece by a Jewish-American teenage composer gets its broadcast debut, and a spectacular 18-year-old clarinetist performs a movement from Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.

4/19      From the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado, we feature the ground-breaking violinist Charles Yang as guest host. He’ll share the stage with a teenager who took home the gold medal at the prestigious 2018 Stulberg International String Competition, and a young erhu player who plays Taichi Warrior of Erhu by Chen Jun.

4/26      From the Center for the Arts at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, guest hosts Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Roe of the dynamic piano duo Anderson and Roe, meet up with a 12-year-old pianist whose performance evokes images of Haydn as a young boy, a bassoonist who uses social media to inspire his musical growth, and an up-and-coming mezzo soprano who returns to From the Top.