Season 1: Episode 3

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The banjo as a classical instrument? Only on From the Top at Carnegie Hall. Béla Fleck, the man who reinvented the banjo, joins 14-year-old violinist Caroline Goulding from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and 13-year-old cellist Gabriel Cabezas from Wilmette, Illinois, for performances of Debussy’s “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” arranged by Fleck, as well as his own rousing composition for string quartet and banjo, “County Clare,” inspired by a trip to the Emerald Isle. Fleck gets more than he bargained for when Caroline does a Martha Stewart-style makeover on his banjo case.

Performer Bios

Gabriel Cabezas Gabriel Cabezas

Gabriel Cabezas (cello) 13, is a From the Top Cooke Young Artist. Gabe won first prize in the junior division at the Sphinx Competition last year, and enjoys traveling, watching musicals, playing sports, eating and reading when not playing music....

Caroline Goulding Caroline Goulding

Caroline Goulding (violin), 14, is a freshman at the Gilmour Catholic Academy near her home in Cleveland Heights, OH. She spent this past summer at the Aspen Music Festival, and recently performed with the Cleveland Orchestra. Caroline enjoys reading, shopping...

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