Show 062 | Boston, Massachusetts

Recorded: Saturday, January 12, 2002

From the Top welcomes a very special guest this week, the extraordinary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, for a program filled with Mr. Ma's trademark humor, humility and artistry. He and host Christopher O'Riley premiere a piece written by a brilliant 15-year-old composer, Mr. Ma shares some wacky real-life lessons about touring and life as a cellist, and the program culminates with a glorious performance of the Bachianas Brasileiras by Villa-Lobos, performed by Yo-Yo Ma, seven young cellists, and a wonderful young soprano.

Performers and Repertoire:

Violinist Young-Jin Choi, 16, from Seoul, Korea and cellist Ethan Philbrick, 17, from Nantucket, MA, perform Passacaglia by Handel/Halverson

Tre Cellisti (cellists Hiro Matsuo, 13, from Glenview, IL; Ryan Park, 12, from Gurnee, IL; and Elliot Lee, 12, from Glenview, IL) and cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Op. 3, No. 11 by Antonio Vivaldi

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Christopher O'Riley perform "Soliloquy" by Athena Adamopoulos, 15, from New York City, NY

Pianist Christopher O'Riley performs "Like Spinning Plates" by Radiohead, arranged by O'Riley

Soprano Megan Bell, 17, from Columbus, OH performs Chanson D'Amour by Gabriel Fauré

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, soprano Megan Bell and cellists Hiro Matsuo, Ryan Park, Elliot Lee, Ethan Philbrick, Richard Harper, 17, from Pittsburgh, PA; James Kim, 16, from Pittsford, NY; and Marcus Johnson, 18, from Minneapolis, MN, perform "Aria" from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos. Conducted by Ron Feldman.

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