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A weekly radio series that showcases the nation's most exceptional pre-college age classical musicians. Each one-hour program presents five young performers or ensembles whose stunning individual performances are combined with lively interviews, unique pre-produced segments and lighthearted musical games.




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Show 330 | Kea'au HI

From the town of Kea'au on the "Big Island" of Hawaii, this week's program features a young Hawaiian vocal ensemble performing segments from an opera inspired by Hawaiian myth and sung in the Hawaiian language. Also a young violinist who grew up in a very unusual home deep in the woods and totally off the power grid, performs the lyrical music of William Grant Still.

Duration: 01:03:20

Show 329 bonus content podcast

Show 329 bonus content podcast

Duration: 00:11:00

Show 329 | St Paul MN

From St. Paul, Minnesota, this week's program features all Minnesota performers. We'll enjoy a virtuosic performance of Ernesto Cavallini's Adagio and Tarantella by 17-year-old clarinetist Anders Peterson, a teenage pianist shares the story of how he handpicked his stepfather when he was four years old, and and a brother and sister piano duo perform a raucous four-hands arrangement of Schubert's Der Erlkonig.

Duration: 01:07:01

Show 328 from Boston, Massachusetts

Tickets are now on sale for our next inspirational LIVE recording of NPR's From the Top in our hometown of Boston, MA on October 1! Visit http://bit.ly/FTT346 or www.fromthetop.org for more information. From Boston Massachusetts, this week's episode features a 12-year-old cellist performing a remarkable show piece by David Popper, a moving setting of a Newfoundland folk song is performed by the Young Women's Chamber Choir of Boston's famous Handel and Haydn Society, and we'll meet a Boston...

Duration: 01:03:22

Show 325 | El Paso TX

From El Paso, Texas, this week's program opens with a powerhouse performance of the music of Johannes Brahms performed by a 15-year-old violinist from Texas. We'll also hear a lyrical new work by a talented teenage composer featuring the under appreciated brass instrument, the euphonium, and each young musician on the program shares a clip of music that first inspired them to dedicate themselves to musical study.

Duration: 01:07:43

Show 324 | New York NY

From New York City, this week's program features a fiery performance of the music of Argentinian composer, Alberto Ginastera performed by a 16-year-old cellist from New York, a young oboist shares some beautiful thoughts about his Honduran immigrant parents and what they've taught him, and an unusually self motivated teenage piano trio, organized with no coaching or assistance from any adults delivers a wonderfully nuanced performance of Beethoven's Piano Trio in C minor.

Duration: 01:01:37

Show 323 | Idyllwild CA

From Idyllwild, California this week's From the Top features the excellent students studying at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. We hear a wonderful young cellist from China perform the music of Schumann, we'll meet a self-described "flute playing country boy" from rural Oklahoma ... and we'll enjoy a brand new piece for string octet commissioned by the Idyllwild Arts Academy on the occasion of the school's 70th anniversary.

Duration: 01:03:08

Show 322 | Davis CA

From Davis, California, this week's From the Top features a teenage pianist who has already achieved international recognition for her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach ... we'll enjoy Ravel's "Tzigane" performed by an extraordinary young violinist from Southern California ... and we'll meet a young cellist with a moving story about the sacrifices his whole family has made in support of his musical dreams.

Duration: 01:03:57

Show 321 | Lake Jackson TX

From Lake Jackson, Texas, this week's From the Top features an energetic 11-year-old pianist from Texas performing the music of Mendelssohn, we'll hear a brand new work for four cellos written by a brilliant teenage composer from Pennsylvania, and we'll meet a very confident young trumpet player who thrives on the pressure of playing a brass instrument—he loves the challenge that, because the instrument is so loud, everyone can hear any mistake he might make. Not surprisingly, this young...

Duration: 01:04:14

Show 320 from Lubbock, Texas

This week's episode features a 16-year-old pianist who is one of the few lucky students able to take lessons with the internationally-renowned concert pianist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet. We'll hear from Maestro Thibaudet and enjoy the young pianist's superb performance. We'll also meet a young violinist from the city of Lubbock itself who performs the music of Spanish composer Manuel De Falla, and a teen cellist shares a moving story about nearly giving up his instrument and the mindset that...

Duration: 01:05:59

A teenage pianist gives an exclusive sneak peek of her upcoming YA novel

[PODCAST EXCLUSIVE] This week, we were privileged to speak with a particularly multitalented individual: pianist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient, Coco Ma. Coco, a Julliard pre-college student, talks about and reads selections from her upcoming young adult novel "The Blood of Shadows". Yep, you read that correctly. 16-year-old Coco Ma has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and still found the time to write a novel. [UPDATE] Read what...

Duration: 00:13:19

Show 338 from Carnegie Hall in New York, NY

For the second time in the show's history, this week's From the Top from Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Room will feature a teenage counter-tenor and his guitar-playing collaborator for two beautiful art songs. Also on the program, a piece by a teenage composer is given its radio premiere by a quintet of From the Top alums, and a 16-year-old pianist who could give Yuja wang a run for her money performs a fiery piece by Alberto Ginastera.

Duration: 01:02:18

Show 337 from York, Pennsylvania

This week's episode features outstanding young musicians soloing with the York Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Lawrence Golan. Meet the performers: ||:ANDREW MAZANKO – CLARINET:|| Andrew, 19, hails from Sovetsky, Russia and now attends Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He performs Rondo from Concerto No. 1, Op. 73 for Clarinet and Orchestra by Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826), with the York Symphony Orchestra. Learn More: http://bit.ly/337Andrew — ||:BEN DETRICK –...

Duration: 01:01:14

Show 319 from San Jose, California

Can someone with very little resources teach themselves about classical music by watching YouTube videos and emerge as a successful and original composer? Absolutely – 18-year-old guitarist Gianfranco Baltazar is proof! Hear his story, original composition, and a host of incredible young performers on this week's NPR's From the Top from sunny San Jose, California. ||:TIFFANY WEE:|| 18-year-old violinist Tiffany Wee from Redlands, California, performs Banjo and Fiddle by William Kroll...

Duration: 01:05:47

Fattening up your 16th notes — Christopher O_Riley coaches a young violinist

Fattening up your 16th notes — Christopher O_Riley coaches a young violinist

Duration: 00:14:53

Show 336 | Longview TX

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 his herd of cattle to support her musical studies.

Duration: 01:04:36

Show 318 | Boston MA

Back at our home in Jordan Hall in Boston, this week's From the Top features a wonderful diversity of young musicians, including a teenage cellist who's making her way on her own in America after moving here from Belarus; a boy from Nashville, Tennessee, who's carrying on the great guitar tradition of that city; and a pianist from the Boston area who's just eleven years old.

Duration: 01:07:19

Show 335 | Danville KY

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 Carolina and Chopin performed by a talented teenager from Massachusetts.

Duration: 01:08:12

Show 326 | Cleveland OH

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 teenage bassoonist with an outspoken and playful personality performs the music of Weber.

Duration: 01:03:39

Show 334 | Boston MA

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 pianist, has also received serious recognition for his work in environmental science.

Duration: 01:04:14

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