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From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley



From the Top, hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.



Copyright: 2010: From the Top, Inc.
 






Show 342 | Santa Barbara CA

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0400

From Santa Barbara, California, this week's From the Top features fantastic musicians who are studying at the prestigious Music Academy of the West, which celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year. We'll hear a young pianist triumphantly perform one of Rachmaninoff's most complex pieces for the piano, a teenage violinist recounts a life-changing realization, and we feature a world-premiere of "Asymptotes", a newly commissioned work for clarinet, viola, and piano from composer and From the Top alum, Conrad Tao.


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Show 351 | Las Vegas NV

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0400

Recorded live in Las Vegas for the very first time, this week's episode of From the Top comes from the Smith Center and features an outstanding cast of young musicians from Nevada and beyond. A piano duo performs an electrifying piece for four-hands, a teenage guitarist shares his incredibly moving story about fleeing from his home country to study music in America, and a 13-year-old violinist wows the audience with two high-flying pieces.


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Show 341 | Los Angeles CA

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0400

From a studio in Bridge Recording in Los Angeles, California, this week's From the Top has a decidedly more intimate feel. Featuring an all-California lineup, we enjoy two exciting performances by a young, award-winning violinist, a teenage pianist shares how he found joy while performing when he learned to just let go, and an outstanding violist performs a heartfelt interpretation Brahms's Sonata for Viola and Piano.


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The Rise of the Sax Quartet

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 17:30:00 -0400

Host Christopher O'Riley speaks with a teen saxophone quartet and their coach about the growing popularity of saxophone quartet music and why sax quartets are so versatile.


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Show 350 | San Antonio TX

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0400

From the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas, this week's inspiring recording of From the Top features a fantastic line-up of all-Texas performers alongside special guests Black Violin! We'll meet a young bassoonist who's willing and able to play any instrument his band director needs covered, an award-winning saxophone quartet performs an exquisite piece by Guillermo Lago, and all the young performers join guests Black Violin on stage for their fun reimagining of "Simple Gifts" by Joseph Brackett.


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Show 340 | Atlanta GA

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 17:00:00 -0400

This week From the Top comes from the Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. In honor of that setting, the young performers celebrate Jewish themed music and the music of Jewish composers. We'll hear a teenage violinist perform Ravel's gorgeous Kaddish, a wonderful Atlanta-based youth choir sings a piece by a contemporary Jewish composer, and we'll meet a young guitar player who is one part Texan and one part Israeli.


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The Passion of Schumann according to Goldberg

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:30:00 -0400

Host Christopher O'Riley and 17-year-old violinist Alexander Franco Goldberg from Redwood City, California discuss Robert Schumann's Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor.


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Show 349 | Boston MA

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:00:00 -0400

This week's show comes from our hometown of Boston, Massachusetts where we meet an accomplished local pianist who made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 7, a young musician who's the second ever double bassist to win the prestigious Stulberg International Strings Competition performs Bottesini, and we get to know a teenage violinist who is also a whiz at New York Times crossword puzzles.


Media Files:
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Show HL-26

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:00:00 -0400

Featuring nearly twice as much music as From the Top's regular episodes, this highlights program celebrates some of the best performances young people have given on From the Top over the past couple of seasons. Amongst the extraordinary young people featured on this episode, we meet the youngest artist ever to record all of the Chopin Etudes with a major label ... and a violinist who, at the age of 9, isn't big enough for a full-sized violin ... but the sound produces fills the theater and brings down the house.


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How to write music when you feel stuck

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 17:30:00 -0500

Christopher O'Riley and 18-year-old composer Andrew Guo discuss the compositional assignments behind his piece "7 Images for Piano."


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Show 339 | Miami FL

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 17:00:00 -0500

This week's From the Top comes from Miami, Florida where we got to hear a talented local teenager perform the music of Schumann and enjoy his stories of growing up in the Cuban community of Miami. Also featured on the show is an eleven-year-old pianist who performs two works by Chopin, and a violinist performs the beautiful and dramatic second movement from César Franck's Sonata for Violin and Piano.


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Show 348 | Highwood, IL

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:35:51 -0500

From the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood, Illinois, this week's From the Top features a line-up of all Chicago-area young musicians, including a fantastic teenage piano trio playing Cassado and seven members of the Percussion Scholarship Group of Chicago.


Media Files:
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Show 331 | Honolulu HI

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:01:00 -0500

From the Top returns to Honolulu, Hawaii with a program that features the excellent Hawaii Youth Symphony Orchestra performing a wonderful work inspired by vintage popular music from the islands ... We hear this year's 13-year-old junior winner of the prestigious Menuhin International Violin Competition and perform the music of Prokofiev ... and we meet a 15-year-old clarinetist who got his start in the visionary free urban music training programs of Los Angeles.


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Show 330 | Kea'au HI

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:01:00 -0500

From the town of Kea'au on the "Big Island" of Hawaii, this week's program features a young Hawaiian vocal ensemble performing segments from an opera inspired by Hawaiian myth and sung in the Hawaiian language. Also a young violinist who grew up in a very unusual home deep in the woods and totally off the power grid, performs the lyrical music of William Grant Still.


Media Files:
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Show 329 | St Paul MN

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:00:00 -0500

From St. Paul, Minnesota, this week's program features all Minnesota performers. We'll enjoy a virtuosic performance of Ernesto Cavallini's Adagio and Tarantella by 17-year-old clarinetist Anders Peterson, a teenage pianist shares the story of how he handpicked his stepfather when he was four years old, and and a brother and sister piano duo perform a raucous four-hands arrangement of Schubert's Der Erlkonig.


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Show HL-27 | Highlights Show

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:32:48 -0500

Featuring music and interviews with From the Top alumni who are now professional musicians, this "Where Are They Now" episode brings a delightful mix of performances of Ravel, Gershwin, Schumann, and an original work from one of From the Top's up-and-coming composer alumni.


Media Files:
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What's German about Nikolai Medtner

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:30:00 -0500

Host Christopher O'Riley and 16-year-old pianist Wenfang Han discuss the roots and musical motifs of the fifth movement Nikolai Medtner's Sonata Tragica.


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Show 328 | Boston MA

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:00:00 -0500

From Boston Massachusetts this week's episode features a 12-year-old cellist performing a showpiece by David Popper, we hear a moving setting of a Newfoundland folks song performed by the Young Women's Chamber Choir of Boston's famous Handel and Haydn Society ... and we'll meet a Boston teenager so zealous about studying classical music, he managed to cram 4 instruments, 2 Boston orchestras and a chorus into his life. Tickets to our upcoming live recording in Boston on February 11, 2018 are now available! Get them at www.fromthetop.org/boston-tickets


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Show 347 | McLean VA

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:00:00 -0500

From McLean, Virginia, this week's program features a wild performance by 14-year-old violist who tackles a piece written by Hindemith with the extraordinary tempo marking of 600-640 beats per minute... a tender performance of the song "Pure Imagination" from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory performed on the marimba ... and we'll hear how studying music helped one young musician grow up and cope with Tourette's Syndrome.


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Show 338 | New York NY

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:00:00 -0500

This week's From the Top from Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Room will feature, for only the second time in From the Top's history, a teenage counter-tenor. He performs two beautiful art songs with his teenage guitar-playing collaborator. Also on the program, a piece by a young composer is given its radio premiere by a quintet of From the Top alums, and a 16-year-old pianist who could give Yuja wang a run for her money performs a fiery piece by Alberto Ginastera.


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Show 346 | Boston MA

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:00:00 -0500

From our hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, this show features internationally renowned special guests Time for Three alongside extraordinary young musicians from Boston and beyond! We enjoy a movement of Beethoven's Piano Trio in E-flat major performed by 3 musicians under the age of 13, a teenage cellist opens up about how performing Schumann has helped her express herself, and Time for Three joins for a hauntingly beautiful sextet before ending the program with their rousing original composition, "Joy".


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Show 337 | York PA

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 17:00:00 -0500

From York, Pennsylvania, this week's From the Top features outstanding young musicians soloing with the York Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Lawrence Golan. We'll enjoy a 17-year-old's performance of one of Schumann's most beautiful works for cello, a teenager that switched his focus from soccer to clarinet thanks to a life-changing concert experience, and a young violinist tackles Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the York Symphony Orchestra.


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Show 336 | Longview TX

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:00:00 -0500

From Longview, Texas this week's program features a 12-year-old pianist from East Texas performing the music of Paderewski, a heartfelt performance of Faure's "Elegy" performed by a teenager from the Chicago area and we'll hear a moving from the young flutist on the program who's rancher grandfather sold much of his herd of cattle to support her musical studies.


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Show HL-25

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:00:00 -0500

Featuring nearly twice as much music as From the Top's regular episodes, this highlights program celebrates some of the best performances by young people From the Top has presented over the past couple of seasons. An irresistibly charming 11-year-old violinist performs the music of Claude Debussy, a teenage soprano describes her charmed meeting with the great opera diva Renee Fleming, and we'll hear one of the greatest young trumpet players we've ever had on the program perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.


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Show 335 | Danville KY

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:00:00 -0500

From Danville, Kentucky, this week's From the Top features a 10-year-old violinist performing the music of Edward Elgar — she also shares some colorful stories of growing up in Kentucky with her 6 siblings. Also on the program, a beautifully detailed classical guitar performance by a young man from South Carolina and Chopin performed by a talented teenager from Massachusetts.


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Show 345 | Reno NV

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:00:00 -0500

From the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno, Nevada, this week's From the Top features a local 18-year-old violinist who's had an asteroid named after him, a young pianist thrills the audience with a piece by Ginastera, and the winners of the junior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition performs Bartok.


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Show 326 | Cleveland OH

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:00 -0500

Recorded in front of a live audience in the television studios of Ideastream, Cleveland Ohio's public media station, this week's From the Top features an Octet of Cleveland area kids performing the music of Mendelssohn, we meet a young pianist who co-founded a youth orchestra as a teenager and a teenage bassoonist with an outspoken and playful personality performs the music of Weber.


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Interview with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Host Christopher O'Riley sits down with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music, to discuss Zhou's early life and career as well as his piece "Rhyme of Taigu" which was performed by the National Youth Orchestra of China on From the Top's Show 344.


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Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:42:59 -0500

From East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, this week's From the Top features more than 100 young musicians from across Mainland China in their first ever public performance as the National Youth Orchestra of China under the direction of Maestro Ludovic Morlot. We hear the full ensemble perform "Rhyme of Taigu" by Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer Zhou Long, a young clarinetist shares how he fell in love with the clarinet's sound at his first concert, and five members of the ensemble perform the energetic first movement of Francis Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet with Christopher O'Riley.


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10 questions for the great conductor Marin Alsop

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:30:00 -0400

Hear Marin Alsop, guest conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA and music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, tell Christopher O'Riley what's on her radio, what color she cannot wear, and what instrument she should have played and more.


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Show 343 | Purchase NY

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:00:00 -0400

From Purchase, New York, this week's From the Top highlights the 115 incredible young musicians that make up Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the USA. Featured on the program are four performances by the full ensemble under renowned conductor Marin Alsop including an adrenaline-inducing performance of John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" and a newly-commissioned work by composer Gabriela Lena Frank.


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Show 334 | Boston MA

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:00:00 -0400

From Boston, Massachusetts, this week's program features a brilliant 12-year-old cellist from Hackensack, New Jersey performing a sonata by Shostakovich, we enjoy a beautifully detailed performance of a Sibelius Mazurka by a young violinist ... and we meet a teenager from Massachusetts, who, in addition to being an outstanding pianist, has also received serious recognition for his work in environmental science.


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Show 341 | Los Angeles CA

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:00:00 -0400

From a studio in Bridge Recording in Los Angeles, California, this week's From the Top has a decidedly more intimate feel. Featuring an all-California lineup, we enjoy two exciting performances by a young, award-winning violinist, a teenage pianist shares how he found joy while performing when he learned to just let go, and an outstanding violist performs a heartfelt interpretation Brahms's Sonata for Viola and Piano.


Media Files:
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