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Season 2: Episode 5 - Musical Traditions

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The musical talents of a brother and sister team of violinists are showcased when the Switala Duo from Grapevine, Texas performs Passacaglia (after Handel) on this episode of From the Top at Carnegie Hall. Double bassist Kiyoe Wellington is fifteen-years old and hails from Kaneohe, Hawaii. She comes from a family of bassists, and in honor of the musical tradition in her family, plays Fran├žois Rrabbath’s “Reitba” on her grandfather’s bass accompanied by Host Christopher O’Riley. Eighteen-year old Patricio Molina, the third and final performer on this episode, is a musical star in his native Chile, but moved to New York City to study piano at the Manhattan School of Music. Patricio performs Petern Mennin’s Toccata to conclude the episode.


Performer Bios

Kiyoe Wellington Kiyoe Wellington

Kiyoe Wellington (double bass), 15, hails from Kaneohe, Hawaii where she is a sophomore at the Hawaii School for Girls in Honolulu.

The Switala Duo The Switala Duo

The Switala Duo consists of brother and sister team Alexandra (violin), 14, and Robert (violin), 15 from Grapevine, Texas.

Patricio Molina Patricio Molina

Patricio Molina (piano), 18, is a senior at Passaic Valley High School in West Paterson, New Jersey.

Educational Resources

Episode 5: Innovation through Experimentation Episode 5: Innovation through Experimentation

Students will learn how composer Fran├žois Rabbath developed innovative ways to play the double bass as a result of not having any formal training, and they will invent their own creative learning processes.

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