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Meet two young composers on From the Top, January 2021

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Caroline Bragg, composer and cellist

From the Top introduces us to two young composers this month (1/10 & 1/17). First being Caroline Bragg, a 2017-18 Luna Composition Lab Fellow, and in 2019 was commissioned by the Friction Commissioning Initiative to write a piece for the Friction Quartet. "Her music showcases an impressive technical maturity and a unique voice, making the fact that she is still in high school so astounding to us."

1/3       From La Jolla, California, renowned violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta co-hosts with Michelle Cann. They’ll introduce us to the San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra, a young cellist who shares how studying the cello has helped him stand up for what he believes in, and a pianist who was a prize winner in Russia’s famous Tchaikovsky Competition. 

1/10      Peter Dugan introduces some talented teens who perform music from 20th century composers, as well as 18-year-old composer Caroline Bragg from Brookline, MA who shares her new work. 

1/17      From the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, New Jersey, pianist Peter Dugan introduces us to a 17-year-old composer, and we’ll an exuberant performance of “Café Music” performed by the Sorella Piano Trio, and Gustav Holst’s magnificent “Jupiter” from The Planets performed on organ by 15-year old Daniel Colaner. 

1/24      From the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, New Jersey, pianist and host Peter Dugan, brings together a number of young people who are driven to achieve in music, from a pianist from New Jersey who was influenced by his mother’s struggles to a young Guatemalan-American vocalist who has overcome obstacles to get where he is today. 

1/31      It’s another “Where Are They Now” show, updating us on former From theTop young performers.