Young performers take it “From The Top” at National Gallery of Art

October 19, 2011

Cellist Noah Lee performs during the dress rehearsal performance for NPR's "From The Top," at the National Gallery of Art Oct. 16. (Photo by Eleanor Dowling)

Each show seeks some sort of tie-in with its venue, and here the young performers were asked to select a work from the Gallery’s collection that somehow resonated with the piece they would play. A little hokey, but those in the auditorium were shown a large projection of the work in question, and some of them did seem apropos.

Host Christopher O’Riley also joined in, offering a Liszt arrangement of Schumann’s “Fruhlingsnacht,” in homage to a Warhol painting in a special exhibit in the East Building, mentioning that he had been a friend of the artist.

From left: Saxophonist Steven Banks, violinist Jehshua Karunakaran, cellist Hannah Moses, cellist Noah Lee, violinist Haruno Sato, pianist Arianna Korting, host Christoper O'Reilly, and pianist Dong Won Lee were the musicians who were featured in NPR's "From The Top," at the National Gallery of Art Oct. 16. (Photo by Eleanor Dowling)

The program may be heard over WETA-FM on December 18th at 6:00 p.m. (with the selected paintings displayed on the program’s website). The aims of the program and the foundations that support it could not be more laudatory, and the enthusiastic turnout was an encouraging sign for the future of classical music.

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