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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.
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Show HL-25

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 335 | Danville KY

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Dynamics and Being Musically Conscious_ a rehearsal Beethoven_s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 5:30pm
Dynamics and Being Musically Conscious_ a rehearsal Beethoven_s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8
Categories: Syndicated

Show 345 | Reno NV

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 326 | Cleveland OH

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

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

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:42am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

10 questions for the great conductor Marin Alsop

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 5:30pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 343 | Purchase NY

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

334 Bonus-O'Riley talks Stravinsky & Iran w Siraj

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 5:30pm
334 Bonus-O'Riley talks Stravinsky & Iran w Siraj
Categories: Syndicated

Show 334 | Boston MA

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Piano Geek Special_ O_Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 5:30pm
Piano Geek Special_ O_Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks
Categories: Syndicated

Show 341 | Los Angeles CA

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

The Future of Classical Music – with Maestra JoAnn Falletta and Christopher O_Riley

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 5:30pm
The Future of Classical Music – with Maestra JoAnn Falletta and Christopher O_Riley
Categories: Syndicated

Show 333 | Buffalo NY

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 5:00pm
From Buffalo, New York this week's episode features some of the best young musicians in the country performing concerto repertoire with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falletta. A 15-year-old pianist performs a frothy piano concerto movement by Beethoven, a teenage cellist, who's parents are actually players in the orchestra, performs Shostakovich ... and the Buffalo Phil plays a new work by an 18-year-old composer.
Categories: Syndicated

Chris talks career and music with award winning composer and alum, Conrad Tao

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 5:30pm
Chris talks career and music with award winning composer and alum, Conrad Tao
Categories: Syndicated

Show 342 | Santa Barbara CA

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 332 Bonus Content Podcast

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 5:30pm
Show 332 Bonus Content Podcast
Categories: Syndicated

Show 332 | Austin TX

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 5:00pm
From Austin, Texas, this week's From the Top features a nuanced and emotional performance of Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G Sharp Minor, opus 32 by a 14-year-old pianist from California, we'll meet a teenage oboist local to Austin who's also been a world champion knife thrower ... and a young percussionist from Denver performs a mesmerizing piece on the marimba.
Categories: Syndicated

O_Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 5:30pm
O_Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian
Categories: Syndicated