Season 2: Episode 9 - Coast to Coast

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This week on From the Top at Carnegie Hall, we go behind the scenes with extraordinary young performers from both coasts. Fifteen-year old Clare Yeo from New York, New York plays the piano and often jokes that she has very small hands, but plays very big pieces. Matthew Woodard is a 13-year old composer and violinist from South Hadley, Massachusetts. Matthew attends concerts and lectures at Mount Holyoke College, takes composition classes at Smith, and frequents Springfield Symphony concerts. The Luna Trio features 18-year old violinist Jennifer Wey from Saratoga, California, 14-year old cellist Tessa Seymour from Berkeley, California, and 16-year old pianist Mayumi Tsuchida from Mill Valley, California. The trio will be performing the Allegro from Paul Schoenfield’s “CafĂ© Music.”

Performer Bios

Clare Yeo Clare Yeo

Clare Yeo (piano), 15, moved from Singapore when she was ten to study music at the Juilliard School.

Matthew Woodard Matthew Woodard

Matthew Woodard (composer/violinist), 13, is an eighth grade student at Academy Hill School in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Luna Trio The Luna Trio

The Luna Trio is comprised of Jennifer Wey (violin), 18, of Saratoga, California; Mayumi Tsuchida (piano), 16, from Mill Valley, California; and Tessa Seymour (cello), 14, from Berkeley, California.

Educational Resources

Episode 9: Pictures in Sound Episode 9: Pictures in Sound

In this activity, students will explore two different pieces of classical music, both written to convey a specific mood, image, or sensation. They will compare these to familiar music that has similar goals - like movie soundtracks.

Episode 9: Mercutio Episode 9: Mercutio

In this activity students will listen to "Mercutio" from Prokofiev's ballet score for Romeo and Juliet and experiment with creating musical themes for different characters. They will also listen for themes from a movie soundtrack - modern "program music"!

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