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Season 2: Episode 2 - Family Ties

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Eleven-year old Pennsylvania native Daniel Song’s dreams range from pursuing the piano professionally, to being a doctor or even a professional athlete. His grandfather, back in Korea, has never seen him perform, but on this episode of From the Top at Carnegie Hall the two are reunited backstage after Daniel performs Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etude No. 7 in E-flat Major, “Eroica.” Fifteen-year old Caeli Smith, a “Roving Reporter” on From the Top’s NPR radio program, comes from a musical family, and is passionate about musical education in public schools. Host Christoper O’Riley joins Caeli in a stirring performance Bordel 1900 from “L’Histoire du Tango” by Astor Piazzolla. At sixteen-years of age Matthew Lipman is an affable and dedicated violist with a family to match—his mother drives him two hours to his lessons and, although his father was recently laid off, the family still finds a way for Matthew pursue his music. Matthew initially pursued the viola as a way to get attention from the girls in his class, and is armed with a variety of viola jokes. He concludes this episode with a performance of Paganini’s La Campanella accompanied by Christopher O’Riley.


Performer Bios

Daniel Song Daniel Song

Daniel Song (piano), 11, from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, is a recipient of From the Top's $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

Caeli Smith Caeli Smith

Caeli Smith (violin), 15, is a 10th grade honors student from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Matthew Lipman Matthew Lipman

Matthew Lipman (viola), 16, is from University Park, Illinois where he studies at the Music Institute of Chicago.

Educational Resources

Episode 2: Mad Hot Tango! Episode 2: Mad Hot Tango!

In this activity students will listen to and analyze characteristics of tango music, especially rhythm, and experiment with variations in tempo.

Episode 2: Listening with Your Eyes Episode 2: Listening with Your Eyes

Students will compare the experience of listening to a piece of music (without video or other visual accompaniment) and the experience of watching a performer as the piece is played.

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