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 365: Feat. Actor & Musician Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
    This week's From the Top celebrates the 125th Anniversary of one of the great teaching grounds for classical musicians, the Walnut Hill School for the Arts! You might recognize this episode's guest host from his roles on The Wire and HBO's The Deuce, but you may not know Lawrence Gilliard Jr. is also a fantastic clarinetist. Listen as he introduces to us current students and a few illustrious alumni of Walnut Hall. || Learn more at http://bit.ly/FTT365
  • Show 364: Feat. Virtuoso Violinist Charles Yang and Pianist Peter Dugan
    From the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado, this week's From the Top features the ground-breaking violinist Charles Yang as the guest host. He'll share the stage with a joyful teenager whose winning personality propelled her to take home the gold medal at the prestigious 2018 Stulberg International String Competition. We'll also meet a young erhu player, an instrument known to some as the "Chinese violin", who plays "Taichi Warrior of Erhu" by Chen Jun.
  • Show 363: Feat. Food Network Star Molly Yeh and Pianist Peter Dugan
    This week's guest host is Molly Yeh a young chef with her own show on the Food Channel called "Girl Meets Farm." But before she developed an interest in food, she was an extraordinary classical percussionist who appeared on From the Top over a decade ago when she was just 15-years-old. This week, she returns to introduce us to an impressive lineup of young musicians including a talented teenage bassoonist from rural Oklahoma and a 17-year-old pianist who delivers a fiery performance of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.
  • Show 362: Feat. Food Network Star Molly Yeh as Guest Host
    Guest Host Molly Yeh is a young chef with her own show on the Food Channel called "Girl Meets Farm," but before she developed an interest in food, she was an extraordinary classical percussionist who appeared on From the Top over a decade ago when she was just 15-years-old. This week, she returns to introduce us to an impressive lineup of young musicians including a flutist who performs music inspired by the great Maya Angelou and a 14-year-old cellist who gives a dazzling performance of the music Tchaikovsky.
  • Pianist Orli Shaham performs Mozart_s C Major Piano Sonata K330, Mvt. 1
    Guest host Orli Shaham's complete break piece recorded during From the Top Episode 361, Brunswick, ME.
  • Show 361: Feat Concert Pianist Orli Shaham as Guest Host
    Concert pianist Orli Shaham guest hosts this week's From the Top from Brunswick, Maine! We'll hear her talk shop with a superb teenage pianist who performs the music of Brahms, meet a violinist from Maine who happens to do serious biomedical research when he's not in the practice room, and a very young, very fun brother-sister guitar duo plays contemporary music from Brazil. *PERFORMERS* 16-year-old cellist Jiaxun "Caroline" Yao from Flushing, NY performing: I. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto from the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy with Orli Shaham, piano || Davisson Guitar Duo: Elle Davisson, 10, and Jack Davisson,13, from Palo Alto, CA performing: "Jongo" by Paulo Bellinati || 17-year-old bassoonist Aaron Brown from Shapleigh, ME performing: I. Vivace from the Sonata for Bassoon and Piano by William Hurlstone, with Orli Shaham, piano. || 17-year-old pianist Avery Gagliano from Philadelphia, PA performing: I. Intermezzo in A minor and III. Ballade in G minor from 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118 by Johannes Brahms || 17-year-old violinist Brandon Aponte from Blue Hill, ME performing: "Méditation" from Thaïs by Jules Massenet, with Orli Shaham, piano || Finale: All performers with Orli Shaham perform VI. Le Pas Espagnol from Dolly Suite, Op.56 by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), arr. by Simon Frisch
  • From Mao's China to New York City
    Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Zhou Long is interviewed by host Christopher O'Riley
  • 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.
  • Married alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz sing Gershwin
    Married alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz sing Gershwin
  • Show HL-27
    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.