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

  • A brilliant teen guitarist and refugee shares his music
    Parsa Sabet Rasekhi talks with host Christopher O'Riley about his journey to America from Iran and then performs his own composition. "Snowflight."
  • Show 351 | Las Vegas NV
    From Las Vegas this week's episode features a teenage piano performing a bombastic piece for two pianos by Lutoslawski, a young guitarist shares his moving story about fleeing Iran to study music in America, and a 13-year-old violinist wows the audience with Paul Nero's whimsical show piece "Hot Canary."
  • The Kids Are Alright
    Conductor JoAnn Falletta and host Christopher O'Riley discuss the state of music training and education in the United States.
  • Show 333 | Buffalo NY
    From Buffalo, New York this week's episode features some of the best young musicians in the country performing concerto repertoire with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falletta. A 15-year-old pianist performs a frothy piano concerto movement by Beethoven, a teenage cellist, who's parents are actually players in the orchestra, performs Shostakovich ... and the Buffalo Phil plays a new work by an 18-year-old composer.
  • Show 357 | Kalamazoo MI
    From one of the most prestigious teenage music competitions in the country, this episode of From the Top doubles as a documentary featuring the Stulberg International String Competition! In addition to adrenaline-filled performances from three young musicians striving for first prize, we'll hear from the organization's executive director and one of the judges.
  • The Rise of the Sax Quartet
    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.
  • Show 350 | San Antonio TX
    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.
  • Married alums perform Gershwin
    Peter Dugan and Kara Dugan sing Gershwin's "Embraceable You."
  • Show HL27
    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.
  • 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