From The Top

Based in Boston, From the Top is an independent non-profit organization that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people, reaching more than one million people each year. As the preeminent showcase for young musicians, From the Top shines a light on diverse young people ages 8 to 18 by sharing their stories and performances, providing scholarships, and engaging them as leaders in national broadcasts, live concerts and outreach events across the country. These musicians are role models for all ages, proving the value of hard work in the pursuit of excellence. With From the Top's support, they are inspiring and building audiences with a new appreciation for classical music.
Schedule:

Sunday 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

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Host:
Chris O'Riley

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

  • Show 326 | Cleveland OH
    Recorded in front of a live audience in the television studios of Ideastream, Cleveland Ohio's public media station, this week's From the Top features an Octet of Cleveland area kids performing the music of Mendelssohn, we meet a young pianist who co-founded a youth orchestra as a teenager and a teenage bassoonist with an outspoken and playful personality performs the music of Weber.
  • Interview with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music
    Host Christopher O'Riley sits down with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music, to discuss Zhou's early life and career as well as his piece "Rhyme of Taigu" which was performed by the National Youth Orchestra of China on From the Top's Show 344.
  • Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA
    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.
  • 10 questions for the great conductor Marin Alsop
    Hear Marin Alsop, guest conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA and music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, tell Christopher O'Riley what's on her radio, what color she cannot wear, and what instrument she should have played and more.
  • 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.
  • 334 Bonus-O'Riley talks Stravinsky & Iran w Siraj
    334 Bonus-O'Riley talks Stravinsky & Iran w Siraj
  • Show 334 | Boston MA
    From Boston, Massachusetts, this week's program features a brilliant 12-year-old cellist from Hackensack, New Jersey performing a sonata by Shostakovich, we enjoy a beautifully detailed performance of a Sibelius Mazurka by a young violinist ... and we meet a teenager from Massachusetts, who, in addition to being an outstanding pianist, has also received serious recognition for his work in environmental science.
  • Piano Geek Special_ O_Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks
    Piano Geek Special_ O_Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks
  • Show 341 | Los Angeles CA
    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.
  • The Future of Classical Music – with Maestra JoAnn Falletta and Christopher O_Riley
    The Future of Classical Music – with Maestra JoAnn Falletta and Christopher O_Riley

 

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