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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 343 | Purchase NY

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 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.
Categories: Syndicated

What a classical violinist can learn from Gypsy Jazz.

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 5:30pm
Christopher O'RIley and teenage violinist, John Fawcett talk about nuanced bowing technique.
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Show 352 | Berkeley CA

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 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 also meet a 17-year-old pianist who talks about the difficulty of preparing for competitions without a piano, and a young string quartet performs the rhapsodic first movement of Debussy's string quartet in G major, Op. 10.
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From the Top Alum, Conrad Tao

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 5:30pm
Chris and Conrad talk about Conrad's vibrant early career as a composer and pianist.
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Show 342 | Santa Barbara CA

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 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 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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A brilliant teen guitarist who is a refugee from Iran shares his music & story.

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 5:30pm
Parsa Sabet Rasekhi talks with host Christopher O'Riley about his journey to America and then performs his own composition, "Snowflight."
Categories: Syndicated

Show 351 | Las Vegas NV

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Piano Geek Discussion 1

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 5:30pm
O'Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks.
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Show 341 | Los Angeles CA

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 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 Rise of the Sax Quartet

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 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.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 350 | San Antonio TX

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated