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

  • The genre bending string trio, Time for Three, performs an encore
    Featuring violinists Nick Kendall and Charles Yang with bassist Ranaan Meyer, trio "Time for Three" performs their original tune titled "Joy."
  • Show 346 | Boston MA
    From our hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, this show features internationally renowned special guests Time for Three alongside extraordinary young musicians from Boston and beyond! We enjoy a movement of Beethoven's Piano Trio in E-flat major performed by 3 musicians under the age of 13, a teenage cellist opens up about how performing Schumann has helped her express herself, and Time for Three joins for a hauntingly beautiful sextet before ending the program with their rousing arrangement of "Bittersweet Symphony" by the band, The Verve.
  • Living with mental illness as a teen while pursuing great achievement in music
    Host Christopher O'Riley and 17-year-old flutist Alison Addie discuss her recovery from jaw surgery, living with mental illness and the music of Robert Muczynski.
  • Show 355 | New York NY
    From Carnegie Hall's beautiful Weill Music Room in New York City, this week's From the Top brings together a line up of fantastic young musicians from across the nation and beyond. We hear an 11-year-old violinist from New York stunningly perform Hubay's Carmen Fantasie Brillante, we meet a pianist from Los Angeles who views performing as a form of service, and a teenage bassoonist from Venezuela, now studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, dazzles the audience with his mature musicality and virtuosity.
  • Dynamics and Being Musically Conscious, a rehearsal Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8
    Christopher O'Riley coaches 17-year-old violinist Oliver Leitner
  • Show 345 | Reno NV
    From the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno, Nevada, this week's From the Top features a local 18-year-old violinist who's had an asteroid named after him, a young pianist thrills the audience with a piece by Ginastera, and the winners of the junior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition performs Bartok.
  • A Young Composer Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright
    Christopher O'Riley interviews teenage composer Alistair Coleman about his piece "Images from Falling Water."
  • Show 353 | San Francisco CA
    From the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, this week's episode of From the Top features a teenage composer's beautiful piece that was inspired by Andrew Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece Fallingwater, a young violinist shares how she hasn't missed a single day of practicing yet, and a classical guitarist performs Bach.
  • Interview with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music
    Christopher O'Riley asks Zhou Long about his his past growing up in China's during the cultural revolution and the influence of American culture on his work.
  • 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.

 

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