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From the Top, hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.

From the Top, hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.
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Boston, MA

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From the Top, hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.

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English

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295 Huntington Ave. Suite 201 Boston, MA 02115 617-437-0707


Episodes

Show 370 from Atlanta Feat. Lara Downes

6/3/2019
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From The Breman Museum in Atlanta, this week's From the Top is a special program celebrating Jewish contributions to classical music featuring concert pianist Lara Downes as our guest host. We'll hear a 14-year-old share what it's like to grow up in a Korean and Jewish household, a new piece by a Jewish-American teenage composer gets its broadcast debut, and a spectacular 18-year-old clarinetist performs a movement from Leonard Bernstein's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.

Duration:00:59:52

Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Valse Triste

5/27/2019
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Guest host Leila Josefowicz introduces and performs "Valse Triste" by Jean Sibelius, her break piece recorded during "From the Top Episode 369 with pianist Michelle Cann.

Duration:00:07:16

Show 369: Feat. Guest Host & Violinist Leila Josefowicz

5/20/2019
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From the famed Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, this episode of From the Top is guest hosted by renowned violinist Leila Josefowicz with co-host Michelle Cann. We meet a teenage violinist who talks about the struggle of coping with very high expectations, a 14-year-old pianist flies over the keys while performing Chopin, and for the first time, both hosts of the program perform together with two young musicians for Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time."

Duration:01:00:01

Co-Host and Pianist Michelle Cann peforms the music of Florence Price

5/15/2019
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From our program recorded March 19th 2019, Interlochen Michigan, co-host and pianist Michelle Cann introduces and performs her break piece on the program, the Sonata in E Minor for Piano by Florence Price.

Duration:00:12:13

Show 368 Feat. Actor Damon Gupton from Interlochen, MI

5/6/2019
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From the Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts, this week's From the Top features a cast made up entirely by students of the renowned high school. Film and television actor Damon Gupton is our guest host and sets the stage for a young tubist who performs a virtuosic concerto backed by the full orchestra, a group of seven percussionists perform the aptly titled work "Shared Space", and a 17-year-old cellist passionately performs a beautiful work by Tchaikovsky.

Duration:01:03:40

Guest Host Peter Dugan Plays Bach

4/29/2019
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Pianist Peter Dugan performs the Sarabande from the French Suite no. 5 in G major J.S. Bach

Duration:00:05:10

Show 367 | Los Angeles CA

4/22/2019
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Recorded in the Hollywood Scoring Studio in Los Angeles, we meet a fantastic 15-year-old pianist who loves Disney so much she can name every ride just by listening to their soundtrack! We also meet a prize-winning string quartet who performs Mendelssohn's second string quartet and a teenage saxophone player from Texas plays a virtuosic work by a 20th-century composer.

Duration:00:59:46

EDM Producer Alex Seaver works with FTT kids

4/15/2019
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Member of the Electronic Dance Music group, MAKO, Alex Seaver speaks with guest host Peter Dugan and French Horn player, Zach Potts.

Duration:00:08:47

Show 366: Feat. Pianist Peter Dugan from L.A.

4/8/2019
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This episode of From the Top was recorded in the famed Hollywood Scoring Studio in Los Angeles. We meet a brilliant young pianist who grew up in Hollywood enjoying film music so much that she founded her own multi-disciplinary arts collaborative at her high school. Also on the program is a heroic performance of a piece by Planel for horn and a teenage violinist rocks Ravel's virtuosic "Tzigane" with guest host Peter Dugan.

Duration:00:59:52

Show 365: Feat. Actor & Musician Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

3/11/2019
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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

Duration:01:09:51

Show 364: Feat. Virtuoso Violinist Charles Yang and Pianist Peter Dugan

2/18/2019
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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.

Duration:01:02:31

Show 363: Feat. Food Network Star Molly Yeh and Pianist Peter Dugan

1/28/2019
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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...

Duration:00:59:59

Show 362: Feat. Food Network Star Molly Yeh as Guest Host

12/31/2018
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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...

Duration:00:59:49

Pianist Orli Shaham performs Mozart_s C Major Piano Sonata K330, Mvt. 1

12/24/2018
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Guest host Orli Shaham's complete break piece recorded during From the Top Episode 361, Brunswick, ME.

Duration:00:06:01

Show 361: Feat Concert Pianist Orli Shaham as Guest Host

12/17/2018
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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...

Duration:01:00:01

From Mao's China to New York City

12/10/2018
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Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Zhou Long is interviewed by host Christopher O'Riley

Duration:00:14:35

Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA

12/10/2018
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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...

Duration:01:04:06

Married alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz sing Gershwin

12/3/2018
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Married alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz sing Gershwin

Duration:00:05:08

Show HL-27

12/3/2018
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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.

Duration:01:01:37

Show 360: Feat Jazz Pianist Fred Hersch and Guest Host Yuga Cohler

11/26/2018
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This week on From the Top, legendary jazz pianist Fred Hersch collaborates with young performers with guest host Yuga Cohler. We hear a teenage pianist join Hersch in a piano duo performance of Samuel Barber, an award-winning string quartet wows the audience with Mendelssohn, and a young cellist performs one of Hersch's original compositions, "Bittersweet Tango". PERFORMERS: 14-year-old violinist Hina Khuong-Huu, 17-year-old pianist Avik Sarkar, The Kairos String Quartet, 19-year-old cellist...

Duration:01:00:16