Peter Dugan

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Celebrate the stories, talents, and character of America's best young classically-trained musicians! This weekly series presents pre-collegiate musicians whose stunning individual performances are combined with lively interviews, unique pre-produced segments, lighthearted sketches and musical games.

Program Schedule

Portland, ME (Recorded: November 20, 2019)

August 15 & 16

Guest host Orli Shaham joins From the Top at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine on this week’s From the Top, featureing music from Sarasate, Saint-Saëns, and Ravel.

Leila Hudson, harp, 17, from Yorktown Heights, New York performing La Source by Adolphe Hasselmans (1845-1912)

Colin Aponte, violin, 15, from Blue Hill, Maine performing Introduction and Tarantella by Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)

Laura Navasardian, cello, 15, from New York, New York performing The Swan (Le Cygne) from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

John Robert Santiago, flute, 17, from Rowland Heights, California performing Hypnosis by Ian Clarke (b. 1964)

Huan Li, piano, from New York, New York performing Alborada del gracioso from “Miroirs” by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Key West, FL (Recorded: January 19, 2020)

August 22 & 23

From the Tennessee Williams Theater on the campus of The College of the Florida Keys, host Peter Dugan teams up with violinist Elena Urioste to meet an exceptional group of teenage musicians, including a clarinet quartet from the El Sistema-inspired Miami Music Project.

17-year-old violinist Aram Kim from Latham, NY performs Havanaise, Op. 83, by Camille Saint-Saëns with Peter Dugan, piano

17-year-old pianist Jasper Heymann from New York, NY performs Transcendental Étude in F minor, "Appassionata" S. 139 No. 10 by Franz Liszt

17-year-old cellist Claire Druffner from Dallas, TX performs VI. Lento maestoso – Vivace from Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, B. 166, "Dumky" by Antonín Dvořák with Elena Urioste, violin and Peter Dugan, piano

12-year-old violinist Corina Deng from Cleveland, Ohio performs Tzigane by Maurice Ravel

Miami Music Project Clarinet Quartet performs Libertango by Astor Piazzolla with Peter Dugan, piano

Boston, MA (Recorded: February 6, 2020)

August 29 & 30

A young cellist from Tennesse plays Popper and a sibling violin duo from New Hampshire take on Paganini on this episode of From the Top with host Peter Dugan from the Calderwood Hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

16-year-old pianist Caroline Hsu from Woodbury, New York performs Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major "Waldstein", Op. 53 by Ludwig van Beethoven

13-year-old violinist Rebecca Beata from Queens, New York performs Gypsy Caprice by Fritz Kreisler

16-year-old guitarist Conor Padmanabhan from Palo Alto, California performs Sonata for Guitar, Op. 61, III. Allegro vivo – Allegro moderato by Joaquín Turina

12-year-old cellist Joshua Kovac from Johnson City, Tennessee, performs Concert Polonaise, Op.14 by David Popper

Chin Family Duo: Daniel and Isabel Chin, ages 14 and 16, from Windham, New Hampshire, performs Il carnevale di Venezia, Op.10 arranged for two violins by Nicolò Paganini

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