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Meet two young composers on From the Top, January 2021

Caroline Bragg, composer and cellist
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.