• Thursday, Mar 10, 2011

    Carnegie Hall and From The Top Present a Young Artists Showcase for Families on April 9


    The Concert, Hosted by Christopher O’Riley, Features Performances by the
    Winner and Runners-Up of Carnegie Hall and From the Top’s Big Break Contest

    Haitian Vocalist Emeline Michel Also Set To Perform a
    Carnegie Hall Family Concert on May 14 in Zankel Hall

      On Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall and From the Top will partner to present a Young Artists Showcase program for families, hosted by Christopher O’Riley and featuring the winner and runners-up from Big Break, a new online contest for young American musicians. Launched this past fall, Big Break offered young musicians the chance to compete for a spot on a special episode of NPR’s From the Top national radio broadcast, as well as the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall. The Grand Prize winner, 17-year-old percussionist Marcelina Suchocka of Chicago, IL, performs at this concert, along with the contest’s three runners-up: 16-year-old pianist Gideon Broshy (New York, NY); 16-year-old cellist Brannon Cho (Short Hills, NJ); and 14-year-old harpist Helen Gerhold (Lansdale, PA). Ms. Suchocka’s winning performance, an excerpt from Anders Koppel’s Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, as well as the submissions from all runners-up, can be viewed at youtube.com/BigBreak.
    (Pictured at right: Marcelina Suchocka, Photo courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.)

    This performance is part of Carnegie Hall’s Family Concert series, presented by the Weill Music Institute (WMI), which offers parents innovative ways to introduce their children to the world of music. This diverse and educational weekend concert series is designed to give families the opportunity to experience the joy of attending a live musical performance in Carnegie Hall at a low price. All Family Concert performances—recommended for children between the ages of 5 and 12 and their families—feature a pre-concert activity open to ticketholders.

    On Saturday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, vocalist Emeline Michel concludes this season’s Family Concert series with a fun, energetic program mixing Haitian, Creole, and French folk songs with vibrant jazz.

    The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
    The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs annually serve over 170,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US, with more than an additional 100,000 people taking advantage of WMI’s online music education resources.

    For more information, please visit: carnegiehall.org/weillmusicinstitute.

    About From the Top
    For the past decade, From the Top hosted by Christopher O’Riley has been the preeminent showcase for America’s best young classical musicians. Through award-winning NPR and PBS programs, online media, a national tour of live events, community and leadership programs for young musicians, From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate musicians with millions each week. Each program provides a compelling and entertaining window into the world of a diverse group of young people who pursue life with passion, determination, and joy.

    From the Top is heard each week in the New York area on WQXR 105.9FM, Saturdays at 6:00 a.m. and Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

    For more information, please visit: fromthetop.org.

    Program Information
    Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    YOUNG ARTISTS SHOWCASE: In partnership with From the Top

    Christopher O'Riley, Host
    Big Break Grand Prize Winner
    Marcelina Suchocka, Marimba
    Big Break Runners-Up
    Gideon Broshy, Piano
    Helen Gerhold, Harp
    Brannon Cho, Cello

    ROBERT SCHUMANN "Fable" from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "In the Evening" from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
    ROBERT SCHUMANN "Dream's Confusion" from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY "Dance of the Flowers" from The Nutcracker
    CARLOS SALZÉDO La Desirade
    CARLOS SALZÉDO Variations sur un thème dans le style ancien
    BÉLA BARTÓK Romanian Folk Dances, BB 68
    LEANDER KAISER "Hurricane's Eye"
    ANDERS KOPPEL Concerto for Marimba, Movement III
    CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS "Finale" from Carnival of the Animals

    This concert is presented in partnership with From the Top.

    Saturday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Program TBD

    Pre-concert activities will take place one hour before each performance and are free to all ticket holders.

    Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are made possible, in part, by generous endowment gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.


    Ticket Information
    Tickets, $9 and $15, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For more information discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.


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