From The Top
Sunday 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9
From his groundbreaking transcriptions of Radiohead to his unforgettable interpretations of classic and new repertoire, pianist Christopher O'Riley has redefined the possibilities of classical music.
As host of From the Top, O'Riley works and performs with the next generation of brilliant young musicians, demonstrating to audiences, with humor and a lack of pretension, that these young artists are no different than any other child. In 2007, his successful run as host of From the Top was marked by the debut of the PBS television series From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall.
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From From The Top
- O_Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian
O_Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian
- Show 340 | Atlanta GA
This week From the Top visits the recital hall of the Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. In honor of that setting, the young performers celebrate Jewish themed music and the music of Jewish composers. We'll hear a teenage violinist perform Ravel's gorgeous Kaddish, a wonderful Atlanta-based youth choir sings a piece by a contemporary Jewish composer, and we hear a story from a young guitar player about his life as one part Texan and one part Israeli.
- Show HL-26
Featuring nearly twice as much music as From the Top's regular episodes, this highlights program celebrates some of the best performances young people have given on From the Top over the past couple of seasons. Amongst the extraordinary young people featured on this episode, we meet the youngest artist ever to record all of the Chopin Etudes with a major label ... and a violinist who, at the age of 9, isn't big enough for a full-sized violin ... but the sound produces fills the theater and brings down the house.
- O'Riley explores the work and process of a brilliant teen composer
Show 339 Bonus Content
- Show 339 | Miami FL
This week's From the Top comes from Miami, Florida where we got to hear a talented local teenager perform the music of Schumann and enjoy his stories of growing up in the Cuban community of Miami. Also featured on the show is an eleven-year-old pianist who performs two works by Chopin, and a violinist performs the beautiful and dramatic second movement from César Franck's Sonata for Violin and Piano.
- Show 331 Bonus Content Podcast
Show 331 Bonus Content Podcast
- Show 331 | Honolulu HI
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.
- O'Riley chats with composer of Hawaiian opera
Christopher O'Riley speaks with the composer of Ha 'Apu, a new opera based on a traditional Hawaiian folk tale. We then hear a youth choir perform an exuberant segment of this tradition inspired music.
- Show 330 | Kea'au HI
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.
- Show 329 bonus content podcast
Show 329 bonus content podcast