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
- Eduard Degas inspires a young composer
Christopher O'Riley interviews 17-year-old composer, Esther Ollivier
- Show 354 | San Francisco CA
From the Walt Disney Concert Hall, this week's From the Top features a fantastic line-up of young people alongside one of the greatest orchestras in the world, the Los Angeles Philharmonic! We'll hear the premiere of a new work by a teenage composer, a 12-year-old violinist likens virtuosic playing to figure skating, and a young bassoonist brilliantly performs Mozart.
- 10 questions for the great conductor Marin Alsop
Christopher O'Riley interviews conductor, Marin Alsop.
- Show 343 | Purchase NY
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.
- What a classical violinist can learn from Gypsy Jazz.
Christopher O'RIley and teenage violinist, John Fawcett talk about nuanced bowing technique.
- Show 352 | Berkeley CA
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.
- From the Top Alum, Conrad Tao
Chris and Conrad talk about Conrad's vibrant early career as a composer and pianist.
- Show 342 | Santa Barbara CA
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.
- A brilliant teen guitarist who is a refugee from Iran shares his music & story.
Parsa Sabet Rasekhi talks with host Christopher O'Riley about his journey to America and then performs his own composition, "Snowflight."
- Show 351 | Las Vegas NV
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.