From the Top

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NPR's From the Top showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.

358 Show 358 | Roxbury Crossing MA Oct. 22, 2018

From the Media Arts Center at Roxbury Community College, this episode of From the Top brings together a cast of fantastic young performers with an all- student audience! We meet a remarkable 13-year-old pianist who shares how much happier she became when she stopped comparing herself to others, a teenage trombone quartet performs two pieces back-to-back that were composed centuries apart, and students from the audience ask the performers questions onstage.

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Parsa Sabet Rasekhi talks with host Christopher O'Riley about his journey to America from Iran and then performs his own composition. "Snowflight."
351 Show 351 | Las Vegas NV Oct. 15, 2018
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 Oct. 8, 2018
Conductor JoAnn Falletta and host Christopher O'Riley discuss the state of music training and education in the United States.
333 Show 333 | Buffalo NY Oct. 8, 2018
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 ...
357 Show 357 | Kalamazoo MI Oct. 1, 2018
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 ...
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.
350 Show 350 | San Antonio TX Sept. 24, 2018
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 ...
Peter Dugan and Kara Dugan sing Gershwin's "Embraceable You."
Show HL27 Sept. 17, 2018
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
340 Show 340 | Atlanta GA Sept. 10, 2018
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 ...
Host Christopher O'Riley interviews emeritus host of NPR's All Things Considered, Robert Siegel
356 Show 356 | Boston MA Sept. 3, 2018
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 ...
The Passion of Schumann according to Goldberg
349 Show 349 | Boston MA Aug. 27, 2018
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 ...
Host Christopher O'Riley and 17-year-old percussionist Gabriel Costache discuss how to make percussion instruments "sing."
332 Show 332 | Austin TX Aug. 20, 2018
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 ...
Stravinsky & Iran Aug. 13, 2018
Host Christopher O'Riley talks with teenage pianist Amir Siraj about Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Amir's Iranian heritage.
334 Show 334 | Boston MA Aug. 13, 2018
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 ...