Season 2: Episode 12 - Bach to the Future

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This week on From the Top at Carnegie Hall, we see Johann Sebastian Bach through the eyes of 11-year old Hilda Huang from Palo Alto, California, who plays the piano and hopes to share her love of Bach’s music with the world. We then meet 15-year old Kyla Moscovich from Tarrytown, New York who grew up playing her trumpet at jazz clubs, where she was once heard by Tony Bennett. Kyla also enjoys classical trumpet music. The Colburn School Honors String Quartet, a Californian group comprised of 16-year old John Heffernan and 17-year olds Akemi Leung, Rachel Li, and Eunice Kim, rounds out the episode with a lively performance of the fourth movement Presto from Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44.

Performer Bios

The Colburn School Honors String Quartet The Colburn School Honors String Quartet

The Colburn School Honors String Quartet from the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.

Kyla Moscovich Kyla Moscovich

Kyla Moscovich (trumpet), 15, from Tarrytown, New York grew up playing in jazz clubs with her family.

Hilda Huang Hilda Huang

Hilda Huang (piano), 11, is a seventh grader at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, California and a student of John McCarthy in the Preparatory Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Educational Resources

Episode 12: Round and Round (and Round) Episode 12: Round and Round (and Round)

In this activity, students will learn about the canon as a compositional form and connect what they know about singing rounds to the classical canon form.

Episode 12: We'll Improvise Episode 12: We'll Improvise

Students will compare jazz and classical performances by the same trumpeter, 15-year-old Kyla Moscovich, and will improvise a jazz version of a familiar classical tune.

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