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

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

Location:

Boston, MA

Networks:

NPR

WGBH

Description:

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

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

Bach Sonatas, A Chopin Nocturne, & Carmen Fantasie

3/1/2021
A teenage flutist's playful performance of Carmen Fantasie kicks off this week's program. We also meet a precocious group of young musicians playing the music of Bach, Chopin, and Cahuzac.

Duration:01:00:22

A Haydn Concerto, A Virtuosic Teenage Cellist, and an Homage to Bach

2/15/2021
A brilliant young trumpeter performs the music of Haydn. He's joined by a 15-year-old cellist performing a classic showpiece, a talented teenage piano duo from Hawaii, and two young musicians with deeply expressive solo performances.

Duration:01:00:29

A Schumann Quartet, music by Coleridge-Taylor and musical entrepreneurs

1/25/2021
It's our "Where are They Now" show where we find out what alumni of From the Top have been doing lately and hear their fantastic music. We revisit two alums who are part of the award winning Calidore String Quartet, speak to a harpist who's founded her own non-profit and enjoy a thrilling new work for cello.

Duration:01:00:25

A Honolulu Sister Duo, a Teenage Harpist & a World Premiere

1/4/2021
Two sisters from Hawaii kick off the program with the virtuosic music of Sarasate, we enjoy an expressive performance of Villa-Lobos by a young cellist, a stunning harp-piano duo, and the world premiere of a teenage composer's work for string quartet.

Duration:01:00:17

Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, a Beethoven Sonata & More

12/14/2020
The victorious finale from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite is performed by a teenage pianist. He's joined by a talented 14-year-old performing Beethoven, and a young violinist whose musical roots span two continents.

Duration:01:00:56

A Teenage Piano Trio, Beethoven, & A Talented Young Vocalist

11/30/2020
One of the strongest teenage piano trios in the country performs Beethoven with passion and precision. They're joined by a young vocalist performing Shakespeare, and a 15-year-old violinist who might be an orchestral conductor someday.

Duration:00:59:41

Shostakovich, an 11-year-old Guitarist, & New Music

11/9/2020
Charismatic violinist Charles Yang co-hosts a program that features a cheerful 11-year-old guitarist, a spirited performance of Shostakovich, and an imaginative 18-year-old's new music for quartet.

Duration:00:59:48

Brahms, Gershwin, & Rachmaninoff with Pianist Orli Shaham

10/27/2020
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue is a favorite of many, and this week we have a brilliant performance of this work by two young marimba players. Listen also for a 14-year-old pianist performing Rachmaninoff, and a stunning performance of Brahms by a young violist. Guest Hosted by Orli Shaham.

Duration:00:59:35

Mozart, Liszt, and more with Pianist Orli Shaham

10/12/2020
Pianist Orli Shaham returns to host From the Top and shares her Mozart expertise with two young musicians. We also meet a 14-year-old violinist with dreams of going to space, a dazzling young pianist who performs Liszt, and a teenage flutist who discusses her passion for the Supreme Court.

Duration:00:59:12

Vijay Gupta performs Gluck with Peter Dugan

10/5/2020
Violinist Vijay Gupta and pianist Peter Dugan perform "Dance of the Blessed Spirits" from Orfeo and Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck. This performance was recorded as part of From the Top episode 386 produced at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California.

Duration:00:04:51

Vijay Gupta and Peter Dugan host from Beverly Hills, California

9/28/2020
Violinist and social activist, Vijay Gupta co-hosts this program with pianist Peter Dugan. We hear A teenage saxophone quartet from Texas perform a thrilling piece of contemporary classical music from Brazil ... also the superb Los Angeles Children's Chorus performs the music of J.S. Bach ... and a 10-year-old pianist tackles the "Winter Wind" etude by Chopin.

Duration:00:59:43

From the Top Selects!

9/14/2020
Host Peter Dugan takes us on a trip down memory lane to enjoy some of the most outstanding music and memorable interviews from the past couple of seasons. We'll meet a teenage violinist who has grown up off the grid in rural Indiana, a young pianist from Georgia performs a beautifully impressionistic work for solo piano by Alexandre Tansman, and a 12-year-old cellist performs the music of David Popper and then solves a Rubik's Cube, live, on-stage in under 19 seconds.

Duration:00:59:10

Anderson and Roe Host From the Top Part II

9/7/2020
Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, the pianists who make up the popular piano duo, "Anderson and Roe" guest host the second of two episodes recorded in Fairfax, Virginia. Greg and Elizabeth collaborate with young performers on the program including a rather philosophical 17-year-old violinist from Indiana and an extraordinary counter tenor from Massachusetts tells us how he realized he was a counter tenor and performs music by Handel.

Duration:00:59:10

Our Annual Where Are They Now Show

6/22/2020
Featuring interviews with From the Top alumni and music they're making in their early professional careers, this program features an alum pianist who has released an album to raise money for the people of Flint, Michigan, the alum winner of last year's Queen Elizabeth Competition and an alum baritone who just won his first Grammy.

Duration:00:58:51

"Blanket Fort II" - Fantastic Home Studio Performances

6/1/2020
Hosted by pianist Peter Dugan this is From the Top's second "Blanket Fort" show. Created during the quarantine of the Covid19 crisis, this episode features young musicians recording themselves in their own homes (in makeshift studios or "Blanket Forts") under From the Top's supervision and it features long distance musical collaborations. Performers include one of the youngest classical guitarists From the Top has ever featured and a teenage composer who discovered his love for music during...

Duration:00:58:51

Peter Dugan Performs 'Jupiter' By Holst

5/4/2020
Pianist and From the Top host, Peter Dugan, performs his own piano arrangement of the "Jupiter" movement from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst.

Duration:00:08:12

The First Ever "Blanket Fort" Show

4/27/2020
In response to the Covid 19 pandemic and the required social distancing, this episode hosted by pianist Peter Dugan features our young performers recording in their own homes under From the Top's guidance and even doing some long-distance musical collaborations with Peter Dugan

Duration:00:58:51

Anderson and Roe host From the Top

4/20/2020
Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, the two pianists that make up the piano duo Anderson and Roe, host this week's From the Top. The first of two From the Top programs recorded in Fairfax, Virginia, both Greg and Liz collaborate with the young musicians on the program.

Duration:00:58:51

The Fantastic Paquito D'Rivera joins From the Top / Show 383

3/30/2020
Show 383, From New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston and co-hosted by 14-Time Grammy Award winning clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera along with pianist Peter Dugan features collaborations between Maestro D'Rivera and From the Top's Young Musicians.

Duration:00:59:19

Peter Dugan Digs into the Archive

3/23/2020
This episode features beautiful music and interviews selected out of From the Top's 20 year deep archive including a rambunctious performance by a 14-year-old pianist, a young bassoonist who shares the moving story of falling in love with the bassoon during difficult times ... and the National Youth Orchestra of America performs the music of Leonard Bernstein.

Duration:00:59:21