The magnificent music of a symphony orchestra begins in the heart of each musician. CUSO musicians have built their lives around music and bring talent and technique to give a unique voice to their instruments. “From the Heart” invites you to join CUSO musicians as they share their love for music in a personal way with solo and ensemble performances from their homes.
MASSENET: MEDITATION FROM THAÏS
Maria Arrua, violin
Stephen Alltop, piano
Enjoy this beautiful work by Jules Massenet, performed by CUSO concertmaster Maria Arrua and CUSO Music Director Stephen Alltop.
GLINKA: NOCTURNE IN E-FLAT MAJOR
Molly Madden, harp
CUSO principal harpist Molly Madden performs Mikhail Glinka’s intricate and lyrical nocturne and shares her personal reflections about the music.
GABRIELI: CANZON DUODECIMI TONI
Stephen Alltop, organ
Jennifer Brown, trumpet
Robin Heltsley, trumpet
Marc Zyla, horn
Elliot Chasanov, trombone
Mark Moore, tuba
Enjoy this seminal work composed by Giovanni Gabrieli in 1597 and first performed in the magnificent Basilica San Marco in Venice, Italy.
SCHUMANN: ROMANCE IN F-SHARP MAJOR, OP. 28 NO. 2
Cara Chowning, piano
CUSO principal keyboardist Cara Chowning gives a beautifully intimate performance of one of Robert Schumann’s best-loved short works for piano, written as a musical love letter to his beloved wife, Clara.
JOHN DEE, OBOE
CUSO principal oboist John Dee speaks to our community with his sublime performances of two iconic works, Sinfonia from Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156 by J. S. Bach, and Ennio Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe from the 1986 film, “The Mission.”
RICARDO FLORES, PERCUSSION
CUSO principal percussionist Ricardo Flores shares his personal reflections on music and his 20 years with CUSO. Ricardo’s passionate performance of Latin beats on conga drums (tumbadora) is a spontaneous explosion of rhythm, improvised for CUSO Music Now.
ROBIN KEARTON, VIOLA AND VIOLIN
CUSO principal violist Robin Kearton invites us to the summer soundscape of her backyard for this charming performance and shares her thoughts on the many ways music shapes the human experience. Robin’s musical versatility is on display as she performs Prelude from Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 by J. S. Bach, and then is joined by her husband, guitarist Tom Faux, for the toe-tapping American fiddle tune, Ragtime Annie.