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From the Top



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 327 | Aspen CO

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From the Top returns to the Aspen Music Festival and School to feature the fantastic young musicians studying there during the summer. A 15-year-old pianist performs a thrilling piece by Gyorgy Ligeti, we meet a young harpist who at her young age has already soloed with the Israeli Philharmonic and gone on tour with a rock star, and a From the Top alum who became the first classical guitarist to graduate from Juilliard revisits the program.


Media Files:
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Show 307 | Boston MA

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:00:00 -0400

In the contemporary spirit of performance trends like Groupmuse in which young performers organize impromptu house concerts to play chamber music, From the Top presents its first "House Concert" from Boston, Massachusetts, and it has a decidedly more intimate feel. A cellist who's just 11 years old performs the music of David Popper, and we meet a teenage classical guitarist who's also a poet, a neuroscience nerd, and a serious skateboarder.


Media Files:
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Show 326 | Cleveland OH

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 17:00:00 -0400

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.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/492733742/npr_492733742.mp3?orgId=1&d=3802&p=510026&story=492733742&t=podcast&e=492733742&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 299 | Montclair NJ

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From Montclair, New Jersey, this week's From the Top features the world-renowned Shanghai String Quartet making a special guest appearance. Two lucky teenage performers get the privilege of joining the quartet in a thrilling performance of the music of Johannes Brahms. We'll also listen to the music a young cellist has chosen to populate his playlists on Spotify—playlists cleverly designed to persuade his high school friends to become fans of classical music.


Media Files:
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Show 300 | Boston MA

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From our home in Boston, Massachusetts, this week's episode features an 11-year-old who is not only a precocious violinist, but who also happens to be a budding meteorologist—his long-term forecasts on YouTube are impressively accurate. A young cellist performs the gorgeous Andante movement from Rachmaninoff's Sonata in G minor, and we'll meet a pianist who, at the age of 14, has recorded all of the Opus 25 Chopin piano études.


Media Files:
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Show 305 | Coral Gables FL

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, this week's From the Top features a remarkably bold and confident performance by a 14-year-old violinist from South Florida, a young soprano from New Orleans performing a musical setting of one of Emily Dickinson's poems, and an oboist who, in addition to possessing an enormous library of classical music, is a wonderful teenage spokesperson for the genre.


Media Files:
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Show 302 | Denver CO

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From Denver, Colorado, this week's episode features a special guest appearance by one of America's finest living film composers, Danny Elfman. Our young musicians perform arrangements of his music from the soundtracks of "Milk" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Mr. Elfman also shares stories from his own colorful teenage years, and a phenomenal 17-year-old from New York performs the music of Lowell Liebermann.


Media Files:
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Show 303 | Interlochen MI

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:00:00 -0400

This week's From the Top features students studying at one of America's most famous training programs for young musicians—the Interlochen Arts Academy—in rural Michigan. We meet the winners of the Academy's concerto competition, and the mighty Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performs a world premiere inspired by the story of The Three Musketeers.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/488287860/npr_488287860.mp3?orgId=1&d=3907&p=510026&story=488287860&t=podcast&e=488287860&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 317 | Louisville KY

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From Louisville, Kentucky, this week's From the Top features a superb 17-year-old pianist from Brooklyn who wants to devote himself to the work of racially diversifying the world of classical music. We'll also hear an entrancing performance of "Over the Rainbow" performed on marimba by the local teen percussionist, and the Louisville Youth Orchestra perform a brand new piece by American composer Christopher Theofanidis.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/487399690/npr_487399690.mp3?orgId=1&d=3808&p=510026&story=487399690&t=podcast&e=487399690&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 316 | Rochester NY

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:00:00 -0400

This week From the Top celebrates its young musicians with the superb Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and their conductor, Ward Stare. The orchestra performs concerti with three young soloists including a 14-year-old pianist tackling the music of Grieg and a 17-year-old clarinetist playing Mozart. The orchestra also performs the broadcast premiere of a new work by a 16-year-old composer, and we'll learn about that young composer's extraordinary side career as a boy soprano.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/486520729/npr_486520729.mp3?orgId=1&d=3978&p=510026&story=486520729&t=podcast&e=486520729&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 315 | Naples FL

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From Naples Florida, this week's program features a highly emotional performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Trio No. 1 in G minor by three teenagers from the Chicago area; a young oboist shares a funny story about how sibling rivalry has fueled his drive for excellence; and the local 14-year-old pianist describes how he raised over twenty-thousand dollars for a nearby children's hospital.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/485607545/npr_485607545.mp3?orgId=1&d=3685&p=510026&story=485607545&t=podcast&e=485607545&ft=pod&f=510026




Show HL-24 |

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 17:00:00 -0400

This week's special "Where Are They Now?" episode traces the lives of five different From the Top alums to learn how these young artists are negotiating their lives in their twenties. One alumni guest has just scored the position of Principal Bassoonist for the Chicago Symphony. Another is a lyric soprano working in the opera houses of Germany. One's a touring piano soloist. Each featured alum shares with us a recent musical performance.


Media Files:
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Show 325 | El Paso TX

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From El Paso, Texas, this week's program opens with a powerhouse performance of the music of Johannes Brahms performed by a 15-year-old violinist from Texas. We'll also hear a lyrical new work by a talented teenage composer featuring the under appreciated brass instrument, the euphonium, and each young musician on the program shares a clip of music that first inspired them to dedicate themselves to musical study.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/483760014/npr_483760014.mp3?orgId=1&d=4062&p=510026&story=483760014&t=podcast&e=483760014&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 314 | Orono ME

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From Orono, Maine, this week's program features violinist, educator, and composer Mark O'Connor as a special guest artist, and he brings his signature American fiddle sound to some exciting collaborations with the young performers on the show. We'll also hear the inspirational story of how studying music helped the young cellist on the program overcome major physical coordination challenges.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/482848643/npr_482848643.mp3?orgId=1&d=3684&p=510026&story=482848643&t=podcast&e=482848643&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 324| New York NY

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From New York City, this week's program features a fiery performance of the music of Argentinian composer, Alberto Ginastera performed by a 16-year-old cellist from New York, a young oboist shares some beautiful thoughts about his Honduran immigrant parents and what they've taught him, and an unusually self motivated teenage piano trio, organized with no coaching or assistance from any adults delivers a wonderfully nuanced performance of Beethoven's Piano Trio in C minor.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/481931027/npr_481931027.mp3?orgId=1&d=3697&p=510026&story=481931027&t=podcast&e=481931027&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 313 | Boston MA

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From our home in Boston, this week's program features a From the Top alum who's gone on to be the first American pianist since 1966 to win the Silver Medal at the famous International Tchaikovsky Competition. Also we meet a pianist who's just nine years old who not only performs the music of Rachmaninoff with authority, she also happens to have been an international chess champion.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/481007802/npr_481007802.mp3?orgId=1&d=3677&p=510026&story=481007802&t=podcast&e=481007802&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 323 | Idyllwild CA

Mon, 30 May 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From Idyllwild, California this week's From the Top features the excellent students studying at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. We hear a wonderful young cellist from China perform the music of Schumann, we'll meet a self-described "flute playing country boy" from rural Oklahoma ... and we'll enjoy a brand new piece for string octet commissioned by the Idyllwild Arts Academy on the occasion of the school's 70th anniversary.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/480059352/npr_480059352.mp3?orgId=1&d=3776&p=510026&story=480059352&t=podcast&e=480059352&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 312 | Big Sky MT

Mon, 23 May 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From Big Sky, Montana, this week's program features a young pianist who conjures up a great seascape through his multi-layered performance of the music of Maurice Ravel, a flashy violin showpiece played by a fearless 14-year-old from Santa Fe, and a local trumpet player who, when she's not practicing scales, is out running marathons across the Montana landscape.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/479219595/npr_479219595.mp3?orgId=1&d=3864&p=510026&story=479219595&t=podcast&e=479219595&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 306 | South Bend IN

Mon, 16 May 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From the Top comes to you from the premier competition for teenage chamber music in the country this week—The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. We hear all the adrenaline-filled performances and Christopher O'Riley interviews the young musicians who have made it to the finals as they compete for the gold medal at this amazing gathering.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/478285218/npr_478285218.mp3?orgId=1&d=4105&p=510026&story=478285218&t=podcast&e=478285218&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 311 | Atlanta GA

Mon, 09 May 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From Atlanta, Georgia, this week's episode features a thrilling performance by a local public school choir, a 14-year-old cellist performs Tchaikovsky's Pezzo capriccioso with tremendous warmth and spirit, and we'll meet a young organist with a great story of how his devotion to musical scholarship got him into a bit of trouble¾his local library once threatened him with over $2000 in fines for keeping so many musical scores out beyond their due date.


Media Files:
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Show 322 | Davis CA

Mon, 02 May 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From Davis, California, this week's From the Top features a teenage pianist who has already achieved international recognition for her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach ... we'll enjoy Ravel's "Tzigane" performed by an extraordinary young violinist from Southern California ... and we'll meet a young cellist with a moving story about the sacrifices his whole family has made in support of his musical dreams.


Media Files:
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Show 310 - Aspen CO

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From the Top returns to the Aspen Music Festival and School to celebrate the young musicians who gather there to study and perform during the summer. A pianist who's just twelve years old performs the music of Robert Schumann, we'll experience a deeply emotional double bass performance by a young man from Seattle, and we'll hear about a wonderful outreach program called "Back to Bach," founded by a 15-year-old cellist on the program.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/475648469/npr_475648469.mp3?orgId=1&d=3768&p=510026&story=475648469&t=podcast&e=475648469&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 321 | Lake Jackson TX

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From Lake Jackson, Texas, this week's From the Top features an energetic 11-year-old pianist from Texas performing the music of Mendelssohn, we'll hear a brand new work for four cellos written by a brilliant teenage composer from Pennsylvania, and we'll meet a very confident young trumpet player who thrives on the pressure of playing a brass instrument—he loves the challenge that, because the instrument is so loud, everyone can hear any mistake he might make. Not surprisingly, this young player makes very few.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/474745459/npr_474745459.mp3?orgId=1&d=3839&p=510026&story=474745459&t=podcast&e=474745459&ft=pod&f=510026




HL-22 Podcast

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:00:00 -0400

It's our annual Highlights show featuring some of the best performances we've featured over the past couple of seasons. We'll meet one of the most imaginative young composers in the country, we'll hear an unforgettable performance by a public school choir from Oklahoma...and the youngest trumpet player we've ever featured at 10-years-old performs the virtuosic Carnival of Venice.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/473870571/npr_473870571.mp3?orgId=1&d=3729&p=510026&story=473870571&t=podcast&e=473870571&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 320 | Lubbock TX

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From Lubbock Texas, this week's From the Top features a 16-year-old pianist who is one of the few lucky students able to take lessons with the internationally renowned concert pianist, Jean Yves Thibaudet. We'll hear from Maestro Thibaudet and enjoy the young pianist's superb performance. We'll also meet a young violinist from the city of Lubbock itself who performs the music of Spanish composer Manuel De Falla, and a teen cellist shares a moving story about nearly giving up his instrument and the mindset that brought him back to music.


Media Files:
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Show 309 | Vail CO

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From the Bravo! Vail Festival in Vail, Colorado, this week's From the Top features one of the top training orchestras in the United States: The National Repertory Orchestra. We'll enjoy the youthful energy of this ensemble in performances of the music of Falla and Poulenc. Also, a gifted teenage violinist from Washington State shares the moving story of how music transformed her from a completely emotionally shut-down child to a vivacious leader in her youth orchestra.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/472191960/npr_472191960.mp3?orgId=1&d=3935&p=510026&story=472191960&t=podcast&e=472191960&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 319 | San Jose CA

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From San Jose, California, this week's From the Top is an all-Californian show featuring young musicians exclusively from The Golden State. A multi-competition-winning choir from Northern California performs a traditional spiritual; a 16-year-old pianist performs a powerfully evocative piece by a Turkish composer; and we meet a teenage guitarist from San Francisco who, with very little resources, began in music by teaching himself through YouTube videos and has since emerged to become a very original composer.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/471347514/npr_471347514.mp3?orgId=1&d=3948&p=510026&story=471347514&t=podcast&e=471347514&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 308 \ Chautauqua NY

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 17:00:00 -0400

From the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, today's show features a virtuosic teenage recorder player (a rare breed in this country) who is not only an amazing musician, but also a formidable researcher of the Baroque era. Also, a 16-year-old pianist performs a Chopin favorite, and a young violinist shares a humorous tale of teenage romance.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/470445411/npr_470445411.mp3?orgId=1&d=3920&p=510026&story=470445411&t=podcast&e=470445411&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 318 | Boston MA

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 17:00:00 -0500

Back at our home in Jordan Hall in Boston, this week's From the Top features a wonderful diversity of young musicians, including a teenage cellist who's making her way on her own in America after moving here from Belarus; a boy from Nashville, Tennessee, who's carrying on the great guitar tradition of that city; and a pianist from the Boston area who's just eleven years old.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/469560533/npr_469560533.mp3?orgId=1&d=4021&p=510026&story=469560533&t=podcast&e=469560533&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 296 | Washington DC

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:00:00 -0500

From Washington, D.C., this week's program includes one of the youngest performers From the Top has ever featured: an 8-year-old Bolivian American pianist. He performs the music of Haydn with a delightfully infectious sense of freedom and joy. Also, an all-female percussion quartet brings us a mesmerizing piece written by a contemporary composer, and the show concludes with the sheer inspiration of a youth gospel choir.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/468627343/npr_468627343.mp3?orgId=1&d=3878&p=510026&story=468627343&t=podcast&e=468627343&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 317 | Louisville KY

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:00:00 -0500

From Louisville, Kentucky, this week's From the Top features a superb 17-year-old pianist from Brooklyn who wants to devote himself to the work of racially diversifying the world of classical music. We'll also hear an entrancing performance of "Over the Rainbow" performed on marimba by the local teen percussionist, and the Louisville Youth Orchestra perform a brand new piece by American composer Christopher Theofanidis.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/467722548/npr_467722548.mp3?orgId=1&d=3810&p=510026&story=467722548&t=podcast&e=467722548&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 307 | Boston MA

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 17:00:00 -0500

In the contemporary spirit of performance trends like Groupmuse in which young performers organize impromptu house concerts to play chamber music, From the Top presents its first "House Concert" from Boston, Massachusetts, and it has a decidedly more intimate feel. A cellist who's just 11 years old performs the music of David Popper, and we meet a teenage classical guitarist who's also a poet, a neuroscience nerd, and a serious skateboarder.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/466861654/npr_466861654.mp3?orgId=1&d=3807&p=510026&story=466861654&t=podcast&e=466861654&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 316 | Rochester NY

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:00:00 -0500

This week From the Top celebrates its young musicians with the superb Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and their conductor, Ward Stare. The orchestra performs concerti with three young soloists including a 14-year-old pianist tackling the music of Grieg and a 17-year-old clarinetist playing Mozart. The orchestra also performs the broadcast premiere of a new work by a 16-year-old composer, and we'll learn about that young composer's extraordinary side career as a boy soprano.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/466060269/npr_466060269.mp3?orgId=1&d=3978&p=510026&story=466060269&t=podcast&e=466060269&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 295 | Boston MA

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:00:00 -0500

From our home in Boston, this week's program features a 13-year-old violinist whose performance of the music of Robert Schumann beautifully conveys the composer's romantic fervor; we also meet an internationally award-winning young pianist; and a teenage boy shares the humorous story of studying and then rejecting about five different instruments before finally discovering his lifelong soulmate: the French horn.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/465197645/npr_465197645.mp3?orgId=1&d=3705&p=510026&story=465197645&t=podcast&e=465197645&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 301 | San Francisco CA

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:00:00 -0500

The world-renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz returns to From the Top as the special guest artist of this week's program from the San Francisco Conservatory. With the young performers on the program, Maestro Haimovitz performs a very unusual piece—a children's musical storybook called "Angel Heart"—featuring the internationally best-selling children's author Cornelia Funke as its narrator. And there's still the regular lineup of outstanding young musicians, including a 14-year-old violinist performing one of Sarasate's most spirited show pieces.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/464355644/npr_464355644.mp3?orgId=1&d=4042&p=510026&story=464355644&t=podcast&e=464355644&ft=pod&f=510026




Show HL-24

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:00:00 -0500

This week's special "Where Are They Now?" episode traces the lives of five different From the Top alums to learn how these young artists are negotiating their lives in their twenties. One alumni guest has just scored the position of Principal Bassoonist for the Chicago Symphony. Another is a lyric soprano working in the opera houses of Germany. One's a touring piano soloist. Each featured alum shares with us a recent musical performance.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/463523114/npr_463523114.mp3?orgId=1&d=4001&p=510026&story=463523114&t=podcast&e=463523114&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 208 | Boston MA

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:00:00 -0500

From the Top is teaming up with the Boston Children's Chorus to present a special celebration on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Join host Christopher O'Riley, young musicians from around the country and the Boston Children's Chorus for an hour of music and personal stories that would make Dr. King smile with pride.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/462716280/npr_462716280.mp3?orgId=1&d=3731&p=510026&story=462716280&t=podcast&e=462716280&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 315 | Naples FL

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 17:00:00 -0500

From Naples Florida, this week's program features a highly emotional performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Trio No. 1 in G minor by three teenagers from the Chicago area; a young oboist shares a funny story about how sibling rivalry has fueled his drive for excellence; and the local 14-year-old pianist describes how he raised over twenty-thousand dollars for a nearby children's hospital.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/461953209/npr_461953209.mp3?orgId=1&d=3725&p=510026&story=461953209&t=podcast&e=461953209&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 298 | Greenville SC

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:00:00 -0500

From Greenville, South Carolina, this week's episode features one of the strongest youth choirs in the "Palmetto State" performing a moving new work by a local South Carolina composer. We'll also meet a euphonium player who performs with the speed and dexterity of a flutist, and we'll enjoy Bach performed by the 13-year-old winner of the Tureck International Bach Competition.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/461312294/npr_461312294.mp3?orgId=1&d=3813&p=510026&story=461312294&t=podcast&e=461312294&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 306 | South Bend IN

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:00:00 -0500

From the Top comes to you from the premier competition for teenage chamber music in the country this week—The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. We hear all the adrenaline-filled performances and Christopher O'Riley interviews the young musicians who have made it to the finals as they compete for the gold medal at this amazing gathering.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/460611899/npr_460611899.mp3?orgId=1&d=4105&p=510026&story=460611899&t=podcast&e=460611899&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 314 | Orono ME

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:00:00 -0500

From Orono, Maine, this week's program features violinist, educator, and composer Mark O'Connor as a special guest artist, and he brings his signature American fiddle sound to some exciting collaborations with the young performers on the show. We'll also hear the inspirational story of how studying music helped the young cellist on the program overcome major physical coordination challenges.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/459733526/npr_459733526.mp3?orgId=1&d=3686&p=510026&story=459733526&t=podcast&e=459733526&ft=pod&f=510026




Show HL-23

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 17:00:00 -0500

Featuring nearly twice as much music as From the Top's regular episodes, this "Mostly Music" highlights program celebrates some of the best performances by young people From the Top has presented over the past couple of seasons. We meet a wonderfully quirky 14-year-old cellist, enjoy Mozart performed by a teenager from New York State, and we hear perhaps the strongest teenage baritone From the Top has ever encountered sing the music of Schubert.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/458835399/npr_458835399.mp3?orgId=1&d=3576&p=510026&story=458835399&t=podcast&e=458835399&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 313 | Boston MA

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:00:00 -0500

From our home in Boston, this week's program features a From the Top alum who's gone on to be the first American pianist since 1966 to win the Silver Medal at the famous International Tchaikovsky Competition. Also we meet a pianist who's just nine years old who not only performs the music of Rachmaninoff with authority¾she also happens to have been an international chess champion.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/457931659/npr_457931659.mp3?orgId=1&d=3676&p=510026&story=457931659&t=podcast&e=457931659&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 312 | Big Sky MT

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:00:00 -0500

From Big Sky, Montana, this week's program features a young pianist who conjures up a great seascape through his multi-layered performance of the music of Maurice Ravel, a flashy violin showpiece played by a fearless 14-year-old from Santa Fe, and a local trumpet player who¾when she's not practicing scales¾is out running marathons across the Montana landscape.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/457158183/npr_457158183.mp3?orgId=1&d=3865&p=510026&story=457158183&t=podcast&e=457158183&ft=pod&f=510026




HL-19 | Podcast

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:00:00 -0500

This highlight episode features the favorite pieces of renowned musician Gunther Schuller, performed by From the Top alumni. The show includes the world premiere of a piece Gunther wrote when he was just 19 years old.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/456266025/npr_456266025.mp3?orgId=1&d=3579&p=510026&story=456266025&t=podcast&e=456266025&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 311 | Atlanta GA

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 17:00:00 -0500

From Atlanta, Georgia, this week's episode features a thrilling performance by a local public school choir, a 14-year-old cellist performs Tchaikovsky's Pezzo capriccioso with tremendous warmth and spirit, and we'll meet a young organist with a great story of how his devotion to musical scholarship got him into a bit of trouble¾his local library once threatened him with over $2000 in fines for keeping so many musical scores out beyond their due date.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/455382326/npr_455382326.mp3?orgId=1&d=3927&p=510026&story=455382326&t=podcast&e=455382326&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 305 | Coral Gables FL

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:00:00 -0500

From the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, this week's From the Top features a remarkably bold and confident performance by a 14-year-old violinist from South Florida, a young soprano from New Orleans performing a musical setting of one of Emily Dickinson's poems, and an oboist who, in addition to possessing an enormous library of classical music, is a wonderful teenage spokesperson for the genre.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/454080779/npr_454080779.mp3?orgId=1&d=3934&p=510026&story=454080779&t=podcast&e=454080779&ft=pod&f=510026




Show 310 | Aspen CO

Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:00:00 -0400

From the Top returns to the Aspen Music Festival and School to celebrate the young musicians who gather there to study and perform during the summer. A pianist who's just twelve years old performs the music of Robert Schumann, we'll experience a deeply emotional double bass performance by a young man from Seattle, and we'll hear about a wonderful outreach program called "Back to Bach," founded by a 15-year-old cellist on the program.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/452043900/npr_452043900.mp3?orgId=1&d=3768&p=510026&story=452043900&t=podcast&e=452043900&ft=pod&f=510026




Show HL-25

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 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 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.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/450052250/npr_450052250.mp3?orgId=1&d=3921&p=510026&story=450052250&t=podcast&e=450052250&ft=pod&f=510026




Shoe 303 | Interlochen MI

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:00:00 -0400

This week's From the Top features students studying at one of America's most famous training programs for young musicians—the Interlochen Arts Academy—in rural Michigan. We meet the winners of the Academy's concerto competition, and the mighty Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performs a world premiere inspired by the story of The Three Musketeers.


Media Files:
http://play.podtrac.com/npr-510026/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510026/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510026/448070874/npr_448070874.mp3?orgId=1&d=3908&p=510026&story=448070874&t=podcast&e=448070874&ft=pod&f=510026