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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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NPR

WGBH

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

Listening to every single piece by Beethoven

1/15/2018
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Listening to every single piece by Beethoven

Duration: 00:14:49


Show 347 | McLean VA

1/15/2018
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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 we'll hear how studying music helped one young musician grow up and cope with Tourette's Syndrome.

Duration: 01:01:22


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

1/8/2018
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1-8 Show 338 Bonus Content Podcast -A teenage pianist gives an exclusive sneak peek of her upcoming YA novel

Duration: 00:13:01


Show 338 | New York NY

1/8/2018
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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 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: 01:02:00


The genre bending string trio, Time for Three, performs an encore

1/1/2018
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The genre bending string trio, Time for Three, performs an encore

Duration: 00:05:50


Show 346 | Boston MA

1/1/2018
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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 how performing Schumann has helped her express herself, and Time for Three joins for a hauntingly beautiful sextet before ending the program with their rousing original...

Duration: 01:03:22


Show 337 | York PA

12/25/2017
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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 to a life-changing concert experience, and a young violinist tackles Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the York Symphony Orchestra.

Duration: 01:01:32


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

12/18/2017
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Fattening up your 16th notes — Christopher O_Riley coaches a young violinist

Duration: 00:14:52


Show 336 | Longview TX

12/18/2017
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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 HL-25

12/11/2017
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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 her charmed meeting with the great opera diva Renee Fleming, and we'll hear one of the greatest young trumpet players we've ever had on the program perform Gershwin's...

Duration: 01:05:38


Show 335 | Danville KY

12/4/2017
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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: 01:08:11


Dynamics and Being Musically Conscious_ a rehearsal Beethoven_s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8

11/27/2017
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Dynamics and Being Musically Conscious_ a rehearsal Beethoven_s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8

Duration: 00:21:43


Show 345 | Reno NV

11/27/2017
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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 Chamber Music Competition performs Bartok.

Duration: 01:03:19


Show 326 | Cleveland OH

11/20/2017
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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: 01:03:21


Interview with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music

11/13/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:14:53


Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA

11/13/2017
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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: 01:04:22


10 questions for the great conductor Marin Alsop

10/30/2017
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Hear Marin Alsop, guest conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA and music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, tell Christopher O'Riley what's on her radio, what color she cannot wear, and what instrument she should have played and more.

Duration: 00:11:26


Show 343 | Purchase NY

10/30/2017
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From Purchase, New York, this week's From the Top highlights the 115 incredible young musicians that make up Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the USA. Featured on the program are four performances by the full ensemble under renowned conductor Marin Alsop including an adrenaline-inducing performance of John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" and a newly-commissioned work by composer Gabriela Lena Frank.

Duration: 01:02:52


334 Bonus-O'Riley talks Stravinsky & Iran w Siraj

10/23/2017
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334 Bonus-O'Riley talks Stravinsky & Iran w Siraj

Duration: 00:14:02


Show 334 | Boston MA

10/23/2017
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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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