Season 1: Episode 2

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From the Top at Carnegie Hall welcomes two rising stars to the show: 13-year old cellist Tessa Seymour from Berkeley, California, and 18-year old violinist and self-described "Asian Cowboy" Charles Yang from Austin, Texas. Tessa and Charles join host Christopher O'Riley for riveting performances of Debussy, Monti, and Dvorak, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma reveals the "Top Ten Reasons Why Cello is the Coolest!"

Performer Bios

Charles Yang Charles Yang

Charles Yang (violin), 17, hails from Austin, Texas where he was honored with his own official day by the Mayor of Austin. Charles recently returned from Beijing, China where he performed with the National Ballet and Opera. Charles is student...

Tessa Seymour Tessa Seymour

Tessa Seymour (cello), 12, is a resident of Berkeley, CA where she is a student at the Martin Luther King Middle School. A From the Top Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, Tessa first gazed upon the cello while performing as...

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