NPR’s From the Top hosted by Charles Yang

VPAC Winter Classical Series

January 16, 2019 7:00 pm

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  • $68 Adult
  • $10 Student
NPR’s From the Top hosted by Charles Yang
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From the Top presents the amazing performances and captivating personalities of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country.  The 90-minute show, recorded for future broadcast, features virtuosic performances and entertaining interviews with young soloists and/or ensembles. Young performers share their passion for classical music, and speak about their non-musical lives. Broadcast on more than 200 stations nationwide to an audience of more than half a million listeners and heard locally, From the Top is considered the most popular weekly one-hour music program on public radio. 

A celebration of great music and great kids, From the Top appeals to diverse audiences, but is especially recommended for ages 7 and up.

This Evenings Program:

1. Charlotte Marckx, Violin, 16, from Bellevue, WA  Performing: “Carmen Fantasie” (est.5:15 w.cuts) by Franz Waxman (1906-1967), with Peter Dugan, piano.

2. Scott Quirk, Flute, 17, from Simi Valley, CA  Performing:  III. Salmon Lake (est.4:10) from Sonata “Three Lakes” for Flute and Piano by Daniel Dorff (b.1956), with Peter Dugan, piano.

Scott will be awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction which his performance on this show.

3. Benjamin Lee, Erhu, 16, from Byron, MN  Performing: Tai Ji Qin Jia (Taichi Warrior of Erhu) (est. 4:00 w.cuts), by Chen Jun (b.1968).

Yes, you read that correctly, Benjamin plays the Erhu, and quite beautifully:

4. Charles Yang Collaboration – Charles Yang, Violin, Peter Dugan, Piano, Charlotte Marckx, Violin, and Benjamin Lee, Erhu.

Performing: “Feeling Good” by Leslie Bricusse (b.1931) and Anthony Newley (1931-1999) arr. by Charles Yang and Peter Dugan.

5. Gwenyth Aggeler, Guitar, 16, from Denver, CO. Performing: I. India (est.5:00) from Libra Sonatine by Roland Dyens (1955-2016).

Gwenyth is our local representative for this show. She is a wonderful guitar player and attends the Denver School of the Arts.

6. Marc Soong, Piano, 15, from Alhambra, CA.  Performing: Paraphrase on Figaro’s Aria from Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” (est.5:30) by Grigory Ginzburg (1904-1961).

7. Finale – Collaboration between Charles Yang, Violin, Peter Dugan, Piano, and Gwenyth Aggeler, Guitar.  Performing: “Loopy” by Charles Yang.


From The Top will be hosted by Charles Yang along with pianist Peter Dugan.

Charles Yang, recipient of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award has been described by the Boston Globe as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star.” A graduate from the Juilliard School, Mr. Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow. He first appeared on From the Top as a 14 year-old and has been featured on radio, PBS’ “From the Top at Carnegie Hall” and numerous other From the Top projects ever since.   He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. On June 9th of 2005,  the Mayor of Austin presented Mr. Yang with his own “Charles Yang Day.” He is the newest member of the genre-defying trio, Time for Three.

Pianist Peter Dugan appeared on From the Top in 2007 at the age of 18. Over the last 11 years, he’s appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad. Equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms, Peter has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close. His debut last year with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony was described by the Los Angeles Times as “stunning.” He is a founding creator and the pianist for Operation Superpower, a superhero opera program for children.

ABOUT FROM THE TOP: From the Top is America’s largest national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Through live events, NPR and video broadcasts, scholarships, and arts education programs, From the Top empowers these extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.

Based in Boston, From the Top is an independent non-profit organization that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people – thanks to the charitable gifts made by many individuals and institutions each year. From the Top’s radio program is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment of the Arts, a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, corporate underwriting from U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, and partnerships with radio stations nationwide. From the Top’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH. Learn more at

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Thank you to The Christie Lodge our Official Winter Lodging Partner and Sponsor of NPR’s From the Top.


Tickets: Adult $68 | Student $10

*Ticket prices subject to change

*This show is part of the VPAC Pick 5 Ticket Package where you can select from a specific list of shows and get 1 Ticket to 5 Different Shows for only $150! For a list of available shows, and/or to purchase the package, click here.

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