Season 2: Episode 7 - Singing, Strumming, and Skating

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The stage is packed with teenagers this evening when From the Top at Carnegie Hall welcomes the Young People’s Chorus of New York City along with their passionate Founder and Artistic Director Francisco J. Nunez. After a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of some of its young performers, the chorus performs Jim Papoulis’s Panta Rhei (All Things Are In Flux) and Luis Kalaff’s Guayacanal. We then meet 17-year old classical guitarist Kimani Griffin from Winston-Salem, North Carolina who doubles as an equally talented speed skater with Olympic potential. Kimani performs the third movement Preludio e toccatina from “Aquarelle” by Sérgio Assad.

Performer Bios

The Young People's Chorus of New York City The Young People's Chorus of New York City

The Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC), with 47 members ages 8-18, calls the 92nd Street Y its home.

Kimani Griffin Kimani Griffin

Kimani Griffin (guitar), 17, hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Educational Resources

Episode 7: Exploring Excellence Episode 7: Exploring Excellence

Through group discussion, individual reflection and a short writing exercise, students will explore the qualities, characteristics and skills necessary for excellence in any field by examining Kimani's high achievement in both music and sports.

Episode 7: All Things Change Episode 7: All Things Change

In this activity, students will connect the idea behind a choral piece - change - with its musical characteristics, using appropriate musical terminology such as rhythm, tempo, and dynamics. They will then work in groups to create short pieces that express similar feelings.

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