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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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From the Top Music Rehearsal / The Passion of Piazzolla

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 5:30pm
Christopher O'Riley coaches a brilliant young cellist through Piazzolla's "Le Grand Tango"
Categories: Syndicated

Show 331 | Honolulu HI

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

The making of a new Hawaiian opera

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 5:30pm
Composer Herbert Mahelona discusses his opera Ha'upu
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Show 330 | Kea'au HI

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Getting into the musical weeds with Kirchner

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 5:30pm
Christopher O'Riley and teen pianist Evren Ozel discuss the literary underpinnings of Kirchner's "Interlude One"
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Show 329 | St Paul MN

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Married alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz sing Gershwin

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 5:30pm
"Embraceable You" by George and Ira Gershwin sung by From the Top married Alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz.
Categories: Syndicated

Show HL-27 | Highlights Show

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:32am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

What's German about Nikolai Medtner

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 5:30pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 328 | Boston MA

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 5:00pm
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
Categories: Syndicated

Listening to every single piece by Beethoven

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 5:30pm
Listening to every single piece by Beethoven
Categories: Syndicated

Show 347 | McLean VA

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

A teenage pianist gives an exclusive sneak peek of her upcoming YA novel

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 5:30pm
1-8 Show 338 Bonus Content Podcast -A teenage pianist gives an exclusive sneak peek of her upcoming YA novel
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Show 338 | New York NY

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

The genre bending string trio, Time for Three, performs an encore

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 5:30pm
The genre bending string trio, Time for Three, performs an encore
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Show 346 | Boston MA

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 5:00pm
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".
Categories: Syndicated

Show 337 | York PA

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Fattening up your 16th notes — Christopher O_Riley coaches a young violinist

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 5:30pm
Fattening up your 16th notes — Christopher O_Riley coaches a young violinist
Categories: Syndicated

Show 336 | Longview TX

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

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