Introductions Class of 2023

September 2, 2023, 11:00 am

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It’s our annual Labor Day Weekend round-up of graduating seniors, their highlight performances, and what they’re doing next. Today’s episode features 26 young musicians in total.


André Messager: Solo de concours
Louis Auxenfans, clarinet; Liang-yu Wang, piano
First broadcast June 10, 2023
Louis Auxenfans | Harvard University, Economics and Statistics

Lloyd Goldstein: Fantasy on Celia’s Theme (excerpt)
Jacob Fisher, double bass
First broadcast July 22, 2023
Jacob Fisher | Vanderbilt University, Economics and Double Bass Performance

Henryk Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22:
II. Romance (excerpt)
Amarin Sharma, violin; Liang-yu Wang, piano
First broadcast August 26, 2023
Amarin Sharma | Vanderbilt University, Violin Performance

Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 1 (excerpt)
John Lee, violin
First broadcast May 20, 2023
John Lee | Juilliard School, Violin Performance

Ludwig van Beethoven: Romance No. 2 in F
Ella Saputra, violin; Beilin Han, piano
First broadcast February 20, 2021
Ella Saputra | Yale University, Violin Performance

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau in C minor, Op. 39, No. 1
Shivshankar Prasad, piano
First broadcast October 15, 2022
Shivshankar Prasad | Brown University, Applied Mathematics & Computer Science

Robert Schumann: Adagio & Allegro, Op. 70 (excerpt)
Elena Miller, horn; Daniel Schlosberg, piano
First broadcast August 26, 2023
Elena Miller | Cleveland Institute of Music, Horn Performance

Emmanuel Séjourné: Romantica (excerpt)
Sophia Luong, marimba
First broadcast August 26, 2023
Sophia Luong | Cleveland Institute of Music, Percussion Performance

Claude Debussy: Arabesque No. 1 (excerpt)
Miriam Kessler, harp
First broadcast March 25, 2023
Miriam Kessler | Cleveland Institute of Music, Harp Performance

Alyssa Morris: Four Personalities:
No. 3, Blue
Zachary Allen, oboe; Mio Nakamura, piano
First broadcast June 17, 2023
Zachary Allen | Oberlin College and Conservatory, Oboe Performance and Undecided

Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38:
II. Allegretto quasi menuetto
Ma’ayan Kertcher, cello; Shirley Trissell, piano
First broadcast July 15, 2023
Ma’ayan Kertcher | Oberlin College and Conservatory, Cello Performance

Gabriel Fauré: Élégie, Op. 24 (excerpt)
Julia Soto, cello; Matthew Hagle, piano
First broadcast November 28, 2020
Julia Soto | University of Illinois Chicago, Nutrition

Fanny Mendelssohn: Wanderlied, Op. 8, No. 4 (excerpt)
Tyler Wang, piano
First broadcast March 18, 2023
Tyler Wang | University of Chicago, Biology

Jean Françaix (arr. Matt Fowler): String Trio:
II. Scherzo (excerpt)
Incendio Saxophone Trio: Alex Procajlo, soprano saxophone; Zachary Solomon, alto saxophone; Emma Phillips, baritone saxophone
First broadcast May 27, 2023
Alex Procajlo | University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Saxophone
Zachary Solomon | University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Saxophone
Emma Phillips | University of Chicago, Political Science

Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo in A minor, Op. 116, No. 2 (excerpt)
Samuel Lam, piano
First broadcast July 8, 2023
Samuel Lam | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Statistics

Giovanni Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B minor:
I. Allegro moderato (excerpt)
Ian King, double bass; Liang-yu Wang, piano
First broadcast July 22, 2023
Ian King | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Biomedical Sciences

Maksim Dunayevsky: “Veter peremen” (The Wind of Change), from Mary Poppins, Goodbye!
Anna Knight, piano
First broadcast February 25, 2023
Anna Knight | Roosevelt University, Piano Performance

Joseph Tompkins: Paris A (excerpt)
Aleo Esparza, snare drum and kick drum
First broadcast August 26, 2023
Aleo Esparza | DePaul University, Classical Percussion Performance

Carl Maria von Weber: Romance (excerpt)
Owen Riordan, trombone; Daniel Schlosberg, piano
First broadcast August 12, 2023
Owen Riordan | Indiana University Bloomington, Trombone Performance

Camille Saint-Saëns: Clarinet Sonata, Op. 167:
IV. Finale, Molto allegro (excerpt)
Henry Lazzaro, clarinet; Daniel Schlosberg, piano
First broadcast August 12, 2023
Henry Lazzaro | Northwestern University, Clarinet Performance

Traditional Japanese: Hana
Sophia Katsma, voice; Hanna Oyasu, flute; Beilin Han, piano
First broadcast May 13, 2023
Sophia Katsma | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Voice Performance
Hanna Oyasu | Northwestern University, Neuroscience and Flute Performance

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008:
I. Prelude (excerpt)
Nazeeh Shahid, viola
First broadcast October 8, 2022
Nazeeh Shahid | Curtis Institute of Music, Viola Performance

Maurice Ravel: Tzigane
Sameer Agrawal, violin; Milana Pavchinskaya, piano
First broadcast December 10, 2022
Sameer Agrawal | Curtis Institute of Music, Violin Performance