From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

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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.

"Embraceable You" by George and Ira Gershwin sung by From the Top married Alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz.

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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.
Host Christopher O'Riley and 16-year-old pianist Wenfang Han discuss the roots and musical motifs of the fifth movement Nikolai Medtner's Sonata Tragica.
328 Show 328 | Boston MA Jan. 22, 2018
From Boston Massachusetts this week's episode features a 12-year-old cellist performing a showpiece by David Popper, we hear a moving setting of a Newfoundland folks song performed by the Young Women's Chamber Choir of Boston's famous Handel and Haydn Society ... and we'll meet a Boston teenager so zealous about ...
Listening to every single piece by Beethoven
347 Show 347 | McLean VA Jan. 15, 2018
From McLean, Virginia, this week's program features a wild performance by 14-year-old violist who tackles a piece written by Hindemith with the extraordinary tempo marking of 600-640 beats per minute... a tender performance of the song "Pure Imagination" from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory performed on the marimba ... and ...
1-8 Show 338 Bonus Content Podcast -A teenage pianist gives an exclusive sneak peek of her upcoming YA novel
338 Show 338 | New York NY Jan. 8, 2018
This week's From the Top from Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Room will feature, for only the second time in From the Top's history, a teenage counter-tenor. He performs two beautiful art songs with his teenage guitar-playing collaborator. Also on the program, a piece by a young composer is given its ...
The genre bending string trio, Time for Three, performs an encore
346 Show 346 | Boston MA Jan. 1, 2018
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 ...
337 Show 337 | York PA Dec. 25, 2017
From York, Pennsylvania, this week's From the Top features outstanding young musicians soloing with the York Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Lawrence Golan. We'll enjoy a 17-year-old's performance of one of Schumann's most beautiful works for cello, a teenager that switched his focus from soccer to clarinet thanks ...
Fattening up your 16th notes — Christopher O_Riley coaches a young violinist
336 Show 336 | Longview TX Dec. 18, 2017
From Longview, Texas this week's program features a 12-year-old pianist from East Texas performing the music of Paderewski, a heartfelt performance of Faure's "Elegy" performed by a teenager from the Chicago area and we'll hear a moving from the young flutist on the program who's rancher grandfather sold much of ...
Show HL-25 Dec. 11, 2017
Featuring nearly twice as much music as From the Top's regular episodes, this highlights program celebrates some of the best performances by young people From the Top has presented over the past couple of seasons. An irresistibly charming 11-year-old violinist performs the music of Claude Debussy, a teenage soprano describes ...
335 Show 335 | Danville KY Dec. 4, 2017
From Danville, Kentucky, this week's From the Top features a 10-year-old violinist performing the music of Edward Elgar — she also shares some colorful stories of growing up in Kentucky with her 6 siblings. Also on the program, a beautifully detailed classical guitar performance by a young man from South ...
Dynamics and Being Musically Conscious_ a rehearsal Beethoven_s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8
345 Show 345 | Reno NV Nov. 27, 2017
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 ...
326 Show 326 | Cleveland OH Nov. 20, 2017
Recorded in front of a live audience in the television studios of Ideastream, Cleveland Ohio's public media station, this week's From the Top features an Octet of Cleveland area kids performing the music of Mendelssohn, we meet a young pianist who co-founded a youth orchestra as a teenager and a ...
Host Christopher O'Riley sits down with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music, to discuss Zhou's early life and career as well as his piece "Rhyme of Taigu" which was performed by the National Youth Orchestra of China on From the Top's Show 344.
344 Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA Nov. 13, 2017
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 ...