Season 2: Episode 4 - From C to Shining Sea

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This week, From the Top at Carnegie Hall showcases young performers from all across the country, beginning with 11-year old cellist Lev Mamuya from Newton, Massachusetts. One of the youngest performers to appear on the television show, Lev is also a proud member of Red Sox Nation and can’t get enough of his favorite candy, Skittles. We then meet 18-year old Eliodoro Vallecillo from Santa Cruz, California who, with the support of his family and his devoted music teacher, overcame great odds to become a rising young French horn player. Eliodoro performs the third movement Allegro from Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 in E-flat, K. 447. The Chicagoland-area Ridere String Quartet, comprised of 18-year olds Samantha Bennett, Ryan Meehan, Emma Steele, and Mindy Park, finds that not only do they play well together, but have a wonderful time doing so, and aptly named their group “Ridere”, the Italian word for laughter. The quartet rounds out the episode with a lively performance of Piazzolla’s Tango for Four.

Performer Bios

Eliodoro Vallecillo Eliodoro Vallecillo

Eliodoro Vallecillo (French horn), 17, is one of From the Top's $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipients.

The Ridere String Quartet The Ridere String Quartet

The Ridere String Quartet are all students at the Music Institute of Chicago and are coached by Roland Vamos.

Lev Mamuya Lev Mamuya

Lev Mamuya (cello), 11, is a sixth grader at the Rashi School in Newton, Massachusetts and became interested in studying cello when he was 2 years old.

Educational Resources

Episode 4: Teamwork Episode 4: Teamwork

In this activity students will observe, discuss, and practice interpretive and communications skills related to music.

Episode 4: Musical Journey Episode 4: Musical Journey

In this activity, students will watch a video segment about a young Mexican-American musician and the role of music in his life, looking for social, cultural, and emotional connections that support his musicianship. They will write about how their experiences are similar to and different from his.

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