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NPR's From the Top showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.
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From Mao's China to New York City

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 5:30pm
Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Zhou Long is interviewed by host Christopher O'Riley
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Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 5:00pm
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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Married alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz sing Gershwin

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 5:30pm
Married alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz sing Gershwin
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Show HL-27

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 5:00pm
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.
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Show 360: Feat Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch and Guest Host Yuga Cohler

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 1:00pm
This week on From the Top, legendary jazz pianist Fred Hersch collaborates with young performers with guest host Yuga Cohler. We hear a teenage pianist join Hersch in a piano duo performance of Samuel Barber, an award-winning string quartet wows the audience with Mendelssohn, and a young cellist performs one of Hersch's original compositions, "Bittersweet Tango". PERFORMERS: 14-year-old violinist Hina Khuong-Huu, 17-year-old pianist Avik Sarkar, The Kairos String Quartet, 19-year-old cellist Lydia Rhea.
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10 Questions for the Great Conductor, Marin Alsop

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 5:30pm
Host Christopher O'Riley interviews conductor, Marin Alsop.
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Show 343 | Purchase, New York

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 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.
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What a classical violinist can learn from Gypsy Jazz

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 5:30pm
Christopher O'RIley and teenage violinist, John Fawcett talk about nuanced bowing technique.
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Show 352 | Berkeley CA

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 5:00pm
From the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, this week's From the Top features the winning ensemble of KDFC's Local Vocals High School Choir Sing-Off and, at 120 singers, it's the largest choir ever featured on the program. We meet a 17-year-old pianist with a moving story to tell about losing access to her beloved piano for financial reasons and how she overcame that situation ... and a young string quartet performs the rhapsodic first movement of Debussy's string quartet in G major, Op. 10.
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Peter Dugan's Tribute to Aretha Franklin & Philly

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 5:30pm
Guest Host Peter Dugan created a special arrangement in honor of the late Aretha Franklin and his hometown of Philadelphia and performed it during the live recording of NPR's From the Top Show 359.
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Show 359: Feat. Guest Host Peter Dugan, a violin/guitar duo, a 15-year-old pianist and more!

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 5:00pm
From picturesque Longwood Gardens outside Philadelphia, From the Top, with this week's Guest Host Peter Dugan, features an exciting array of young talent – including a young violinist who got her start in the El Sistema-inspired music program, Play-On Philly, a violin and guitar duo performs a dramatic tango, and a young cellist who once performed at a Chicago Bulls game. Performers and repertoire 17-year-old cellist Jack Boettcher from Naperville, Illinois performs Pampeana No. 2, Op. 21 for Cello and Piano by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983), with Peter Dugan, piano 15-year-old pianist Angeline Ma from Berwyn, Pennsylvania performs Waltz in F major, Op. 34 no. 3 and Waltz in A flat major, Op. 42 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Duo FaRi – 17-year-old violinist Faustina Housner from Cherry Hill, New Jersey and 18-year-old guitarist Ria Modak from New York, New York performs Histoire du Tango: Cafe 1930 by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) 18-year-old violinist Akili Farrow from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania performs: Sonatensatz in C Minor by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), with Peter Dugan, piano 17-year-old clarinetist Andrew Chang from Rowland Heights, California performs: IV. Andante molto - allegro energico from "Time Pieces" for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 43 by Robert Muczynski (1929-2010), with Peter Dugan, piano 15-year-old pianist Angeline Ma from Berwyn, Pennsylvania performs I. Prelude from Eight Concert Études, Op 40 by Nikolai Kapustin (b.1937)
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A new work by From the Top Alum, Conrad Tao

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 5:30pm
Christopher O'Riley and Conrad talk about Conrad's vibrant career as a composer and pianist and we hear his new piece, "Asymptotes."
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Show 342 | Santa Barbara CA

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 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 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 358 | Roxbury Crossing MA

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 5:00pm
From the Media Arts Center at Roxbury Community College, this episode of From the Top brings together a cast of fantastic young performers with an all-student audience! We meet a remarkable 13-year-old pianist who shares how much happier she became when she stopped comparing herself to others, a teenage trombone quartet performs two pieces back-to-back that were composed centuries apart, and students from the audience ask the performers questions onstage.
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A brilliant teen guitarist and refugee shares his music

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 5:30pm
Parsa Sabet Rasekhi talks with host Christopher O'Riley about his journey to America from Iran and then performs his own composition. "Snowflight."
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Show 351 | Las Vegas NV

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 5:00pm
From Las Vegas this week's episode features a teenage piano performing a bombastic piece for two pianos by Lutoslawski, a young guitarist shares his moving story about fleeing Iran to study music in America, and a 13-year-old violinist wows the audience with Paul Nero's whimsical show piece "Hot Canary."
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The Kids Are Alright

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 5:30pm
Conductor JoAnn Falletta and host Christopher O'Riley discuss the state of music training and education in the United States.
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Show 333 | Buffalo NY

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 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.
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Show 357 | Kalamazoo MI

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 5:00pm
From one of the most prestigious teenage music competitions in the country, this episode of From the Top doubles as a documentary featuring the Stulberg International String Competition! In addition to adrenaline-filled performances from three young musicians striving for first prize, we'll hear from the organization's executive director and one of the judges.
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The Rise of the Sax Quartet

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 5:30pm
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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