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NPR's From the Top showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.
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A brilliant teen guitarist and refugee shares his music

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 5:30pm
Parsa Sabet Rasekhi talks with host Christopher O'Riley about his journey to America from Iran and then performs his own composition. "Snowflight."
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Show 351 | Las Vegas NV

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 5:00pm
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."
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The Kids Are Alright

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 5:30pm
Conductor JoAnn Falletta and host Christopher O'Riley discuss the state of music training and education in the United States.
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Show 333 | Buffalo NY

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 5:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 357 | Kalamazoo MI

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 5:00pm
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.
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The Rise of the Sax Quartet

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 5:30pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

Show 350 | San Antonio TX

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 5:00pm
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.
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Married alums perform Gershwin

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 5:30pm
Peter Dugan and Kara Dugan sing Gershwin's "Embraceable You."
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Show HL27

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 5:00pm
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.
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O'Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 5:30pm
O'Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian
Categories: Syndicated

Show 340 | Atlanta GA

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 5:00pm
This week From the Top comes from 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'll meet a young guitar player who is one part Texan and one part Israeli.
Categories: Syndicated

Robert Siegel on his own Youth and Music

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 5:30pm
Host Christopher O'Riley interviews emeritus host of NPR's All Things Considered, Robert Siegel
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Show 356 | Boston MA

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 5:00pm
Recorded live on stage during From the Top's Annual Gala in Boston, this episode features incredible young musicians and a special appearance by NPR's All Things Considered Emeritus Host Robert Siegel. We hear a soprano sing a beautifully ethereal piece by Debussy, a teenage violinist shares how his love of hip-hop inspires him to communicate the power of music to his audiences, and a 10-year-old pianist from Missouri performs an exquisite piece by Chopin.
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The Passion of Schumann according to Goldberg

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 5:30pm
The Passion of Schumann according to Goldberg
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Show 349 | Boston MA

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 5:00pm
This week's show comes from our hometown of Boston, Massachusetts where we meet an accomplished local pianist who made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 7, a young musician who's the second ever double bassist to win the prestigious Stulberg International Strings Competition performs Bottesini, and we get to know a teenage violinist who is also a whiz at New York Times crossword puzzles.
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Shaping a Phrase with a Percussion Instrument

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 5:30pm
Host Christopher O'Riley and 17-year-old percussionist Gabriel Costache discuss how to make percussion instruments "sing."
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Show 332 | Austin TX

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 5:00pm
From Austin, Texas, this week's From the Top features a nuanced and emotional performance of Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G Sharp Minor, opus 32 by a 14-year-old pianist from California, we'll meet a teenage oboist local to Austin who's also been a world champion knife thrower ... and a young percussionist from Denver performs a mesmerizing piece on the marimba.
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Stravinsky & Iran

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 5:30pm
Host Christopher O'Riley talks with teenage pianist Amir Siraj about Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Amir's Iranian heritage.
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Show 334 | Boston MA

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 5:00pm
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.
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Why does Chicago produce such amazing teenage chamber music_

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 5:30pm
Christopher O'Riley speaks with three leading teachers of Chicago's teenager chamber music scene.
Categories: Syndicated