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

  • 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
  • Show 340 | Atlanta GA
    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.
  • Robert Siegel on his own Youth and Music
    Host Christopher O'Riley interviews emeritus host of NPR's All Things Considered, Robert Siegel
  • Show 356 | Boston MA
    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.
  • The Passion of Schumann according to Goldberg
    The Passion of Schumann according to Goldberg
  • Show 349 | Boston MA
    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.
  • Shaping a Phrase with a Percussion Instrument
    Host Christopher O'Riley and 17-year-old percussionist Gabriel Costache discuss how to make percussion instruments "sing."
  • Show 332 | Austin TX
    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.