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Season 2: Episode 13 - Interlochen Arts Academy Chamber Orchestra

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The Interlochen Arts Academy Chamber Orchestra, under the dynamic direction of conductor Matthew Hazelwood, performs “Simple Gifts” from Copland’s Appalachian Spring to kick off this episode of From the Top at Carnegie Hall. Kevin Bao, an 11-year old pianist from Mason, Ohio volunteers with the Bach, Beethoven, Brahms Club and taught his sister to love rollercoasters. Kevin performs “Polichinelle” from Rachmaninoff’s Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3, No. 4. Eighteen-year old Noah Brown, a student at the Interlochen Arts Academy tells Host Christopher O’Riley why he loves his hometown in Iowa, playing the bassoon, and learning to rap in French, after wowing the audience with a performance of the first movement Allegro from Mozart’s Concert in B-flat Major, K 191.


Performer Bios

Noah Brown Noah Brown

Noah Brown (bassoon), 18, is a senior at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan and a recipient of From the Top's $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

The Interlochen Arts Academy Chamber Orchestra The Interlochen Arts Academy Chamber Orchestra

The Interlochen Arts Academy Chamber Orchestra is one of many performing ensembles at Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school in northern Michigan that attracts young musicians from around the world.

Kevin Bao Kevin Bao

Kevin Bao (piano), 11, has been playing piano since he was five-years old.

Educational Resources

Episode 13: Copland Tells a Story Episode 13: Copland Tells a Story

Through this writing activity students will explore how Aaron Copland uses music to convey a sense of landscape and time.

Episode 13: Appalachian Spring Episode 13: Appalachian Spring

Students will explore the connection between music and movement through choreographing aspects of their everyday activities.

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