Radio Show Archive

  • Storrs, CT / 297
    Saturday, November 1, 2014  |  Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts  |  Presented by University of Connecticut

    From the University of Connecticut, this week’s From the Top includes an emotional performance of Rachmaninoff’s Elegie in E-flat minor performed by a young pianist from southern Connecticut, a twelve-year-old violinist brings to life all of the quixotic mood changes in Prokofiev’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, and we’ll get a dose of teenage musical…

  • Washington, DC / 296
    Friday, October 24, 2014  |  Lisner Auditorium  |  Presented by Washington Performing Arts Society

    In celebration of a ten-year partnership and more than $2 million in scholarships awarded to young musicians, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation bring you a special recording from our nation’s capital. Meet current and past recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, including a female percussionist who is breaking…

  • Boston, MA / 295
    Sunday, October 5, 2014  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    From our home at NEC’s Jordan Hall in Boston, show 295 features a 13-year-old violinist whose performance of the music of Robert Schumann beautifully conveys the composer’s romantic fervor; we also meet an internationally award-winning young pianist; and a teenage boy shares the humorous story of studying and then rejecting about five different instruments before…

  • Aspen, Colorado / 294
    Sunday, August 3, 2014  |  Harris Hall  |  Presented by Aspen Music Festival

    Show 294 was recorded at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colorado, where many of the world’s top young musicians come to study during the summer. An outstanding teenage violinist from Shanghai triumphs in his performance of one of the most difficult and virtuosic pieces written for unaccompanied violin (see the video here),…

  • Purchase, NY / 293
    Wednesday, July 16, 2014  |  The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College  |  Presented by National Youth Orchestra of the USA

    From the Top show 293 was recorded from The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College where the National Youth Orchestra of the USA was in residence for two weeks, preparing for its national tour. You’ll hear 120 of America’s best and brightest young musicians that have been brought together by the Weill Music Institute at…

  • Salem, MA / 292
    Sunday, June 29, 2014  |  Morse Auditorium  |  Presented by Peabody Essex Museum

    Show 292 was recorded at The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. We hear an award-winning string quartet from Chicago perform the music of Bartók, and a teenager from Maryland performs an epic piece on the traditional Chinese instrument, the guzheng. Watch a video of the guzheng performance here. Given the show’s art museum venue,…

  • Sidney, ME / 291
    Friday, June 20, 2014  |  Bowl in the Pines  |  Presented by New England Music Camp

    From the Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney, Maine, this week’s From the Top features one of the strongest teenage oboists From the Top has encountered in the past few years performing a gorgeous Élégie by Francis Poulenc; a 14-year-old violinist performs Vieuxtemp’s virtuosic showpiece, the Yankee Doodle Variations; and we meet a…

  • Norfolk, VA / 290
    Tuesday, May 13, 2014  |  Attucks Theatre  |  Presented by Virginia Arts Festival

    From Norfolk, Virginia, at the Virginia Arts Festival, this episode features a steel drum band from the local community, and a violin-cello duo made up of two wonderfully talented brothers. Their unusually generous and easygoing humor with each other is not only charming, but it also makes for a seamless musical collaboration (get a close-up…

  • Seattle, WA / 289
    Saturday, April 26, 2014  |  PONCHO Hall  |  Presented by Cornish College

    From Seattle, Washington, this program features a local teenage violinist delivering an emotional performance of the music of Ernest Bloch, teenagers from Chicago perform a thrilling, wild, and fun work for sax quartet, and we’ll enjoy the broadcast premiere of a new composition written by an 18-year-old from New York City – an intriguing and…

  • Tacoma, WA / 288
    Thursday, April 24, 2014  |  Rialto Theatre  |  Presented by Northwest Public Radio and The Broadway Center

    From Tacoma, Washington, this episode features Prokofiev’s Toccata performed with a level of energy that can only be described as diabolically teenage (the performer is a totally brilliant, risk-taking 15-year-old), we’ll hear a young violinist perform a lush and lyrical piece written for her by her father, and we’ll enjoy music from a film by…

  • Miami, FL / 287
    Tuesday, April 8, 2014  |  New World Center  |  Presented by New World Symphony

    Show 287 comes to you from New World Center in beautiful Miami Beach, Florida. Among the featured performers, you’ll meet a 13-year-old violinist who’s studying with a New World Symphony fellow, a 16-year-old violist who is an outspoken champion of the viola, and a 17-year-old soprano who is taught by her Grammy Award-winning mom. Also,…

  • Cincinnati, OH / 286
    Wednesday, April 2, 2014  |  Corbett Auditorium  |  Presented by University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

    From Corbett Auditorium in Cincinnati, Ohio, this program features one of the strongest pre-collegiate music programs in the country: The Cincinnati Starling Project. Host Christopher O’Riley joins Starling’s flagship orchestra to play Mozart, we’ll hear a 12-year-old violinist and one of the program’s most talented young soloists perform the music of Edward Elgar, and three…

  • Boston, MA / 285
    Friday, March 28, 2014  |  Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum's Calderwood Hall  |  Presented by Massachusetts Cultural Council's Youth Reach Summit

    This week’s From the Top was recorded at Calderwood Hall at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as part of the Massachusetts’ Cultural Council’s National Summit on Creative Youth Development. You’ll meet a guitarist who’s an expert on roller coasters and a teenage cellist from New Orleans whose family is French-American but who loves all things…

  • Rochester, NY / 284
    Saturday, March 29, 2014  |  Kodak Hall at Eastman School of Music  |  Presented by WXXI and the Eastman School of Music

    This week, From the Top broadcasts from Eastman School of Music, where special guest Sir James Galway joins us to lead an ensemble of young wind players and to tell us why he’s devoting so much of his time to teaching the next several generations of flutists. You’ll also hear from a young violinist who…

  • Boston, MA / 283
    Saturday, February 8, 2014  |  NEC's Jordan Hall  |  Presented by From the Top

    From Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, this week’s From the Top features “The Lark” by Mikhail Glinka brought to life by a wonderfully musical 11-year-old pianist. We’ll also enjoy some unaccompanied Bach performed by a very thoughtful teenager from the Boston area, and a teenage string quartet shares moving stories about the healing power of…

  • Chattanooga, TN / 282
    Thursday, January 23, 2014  |  Tivoli Theatre  |  Presented by WSMC Classical 90.5

    From Chattanooga, Tennessee, this week From the Top features an uproarious performance of the music of Japanese composer/pianist Hiromi Uehara, performed by a 14-year-old girl from nearby Maryville, Tennessee. We’ll also hear from a young singer who has raised over $14,000 for arts programs at the local schools and a local teenage guitar quartet serenades…

  • Costa Mesa, CA / 281
    Saturday, January 18, 2014  |  Segerstrom Hall  |  Presented by Pacific Symphony

    Presented by the Pacific Symphony, this week’s From the Top comes to you from Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California. Among highlights, you’ll hear the beautiful Andante from the Rachmoninoff Cello Sonata in G minor performed by a 16-year-old from San Francisco, and enjoy a Buxtehude Praeludium played by a teenage organist. Also, an…

  • Wingate, NC / 280
    Saturday, November 23, 2013  |  Batte Center  |  Presented by Wingate University

    From North Carolina, this week’s show features the return appearance of a From the Top alum who went on to win a top prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this year. He’s the first American to become a medalist in over sixteen years. We’ll also meet a teenage bassoonist with a beautifully poetic…

  • Stanford, CA / 279
    Sunday, November 10, 2013  |  Bing Concert Hall  |  Presented by Stanford Live

    From Stanford University, this week’s From the Top features an all-California crew of performers including an extraordinary 12-year-old guitarist from the Bay Area performing the music of Villa-Lobos, the San Francisco Girls Chorus singing a beautiful arrangement of a song from Joni Mitchell’s first album, and a funny story about a young pianist who found…

  • Boston, MA / 278
    Sunday, October 6, 2013  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    From our broadcast home, Boston, Massachusetts, this week’s From the Top features a pianist who, at the age of 9, was the youngest performer ever to sign with the recording label, EMI. Also, a phenomenal 16-year-old violinist tackles one of the most difficult and dazzling pieces for unaccompanied violin, and we’ll meet a 17-year-old who,…

  • Bowling Green, OH / 277
    Saturday, September 28, 2013  |  Kobacker Hall  |  Presented by Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts

    From Bowling Green, Ohio, this week’s show features one of the country’s strongest teenage string quartets performing the music of Edvard Grieg and a young composer who’s written an adventuresome piece with four movements inspired by the four ancient elements: earth, water, air, and fire. You’ll also hear a 15-year-old pianist who, in his spare…

  • Vermillion, SD / 276
    Sunday, September 15, 2013  |  Aalfs Auditorium  |  Presented by National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota

    From the campus of the University of South Dakota at the National Music Museum, you’ll hear some of the amazing historical instruments in their collection, including an historic fortepiano, a vintage guitar, and a unique gamelan. You’ll also meet a 13-year-old who lives on a ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She raises…

  • Aspen, CO / 275
    Sunday, August 4, 2013  |  Harris Hall  |  Presented by Aspen Music Festival and School

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Harris Concert Hall at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where you’ll meet an outstanding array of young musicians who are studying here this summer. Among them, you’ll hear a 16-year-old pianist performing from Préludes, Book II by Claude Debussy, a 14-year-old cellist performing the music…

  • San Marcos, TX / 274
    Saturday, June 8, 2013  |  Evans Auditorium  |  Presented by Texas International Piano Festival, Texas State University

    This week’s From the Top comes to you from Evans Auditorium on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos, the site of the Texas State International Piano Festival. You’ll hear a variety of outstanding young pianists, including a duo performing from Scaramouche, Suite for Two Pianos, Op.165b by Darius Milhaud and a soloist…

  • El Paso, TX / 273
    Saturday, June 1, 2013  |  Plaza Theatre  |  Presented by El Paso Summer Music Festival

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the historic Plaza Theater in El Paso, Texas, where you’ll hear an extraordinary 13-year-old clarinetist performing Concertino, Op.26 by Carl Maria von Weber and meet a charming 11-year-old harpist who will play the music of Reinhold Gliere. Also, a 19-year-old organist treats us to a performance…

  • Princeton, NJ / 272
    Sunday, May 19, 2013  |  Richardson Auditorium  |  Presented by American Boychoir

    This week’s From the Top, from Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University, celebrates the 75th anniversary of the American Boychoir. You’ll hear them perform all show long and also meet two outstanding teenage strings players, who will perform Gabriel FaurŽ and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Additionally, four members of the American Boychoir join forces…

  • New Albany, OH / 271
    Friday, March 8, 2013  |  Presented by Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts

    This week, From the Top is at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany, Ohio, where you’ll hear the Concert Paraphrase on “Rigoletto” by Franz Liszt and the fanciful Capriccio by Lucas Foss performed by a 16-year-old cellist. Also, a talented 17-year-old percussionist performs “Scirocco” for solo marimba by Michael…

  • Athens, GA / 270
      |  Hodgson Hall  |  Presented by University of Georgia Performing Arts Center

    This week From the Top comes to you from Hodgson Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, where you’ll hear a young guitarist from New York evoke the palace of Alhambra and an outstanding piano trio from Minnesota play the music of Smetana. Also, a teenage cellist beautifully performs Maurice…

  • Mesa, AZ / 269
    Tuesday, February 19, 2013  |  Piper Theatre  |  Presented by Mesa Arts Center

    This week, From the Top is at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona where you’ll hear a 15-year-old violinist play a piece by Zolt‡n Kod‡ly and a 14-year-old pianist play Prokofiev. Also, you’ll enjoy a setting of a poem by Walt Whitman composed by a 17-year-old and performed by the Phoenix Children’s Chorus. Audio…

  • Tuscon, AZ / 268
    Thursday, February 7, 2013  |  Centennial Hall, University of Arizona  |  Presented by UAPresents

    This week, From the Top is at Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where you’ll hear a 13-year-old pianist play some diabolical music by Prokofiev and an 11-year-old violinist play the last composition Debussy ever wrote. Also a 17-year-old guitarist plays a piece by Mauro Giuliani and tells why he thinks Tucson…

  • Boston, MA / 267
    Saturday, February 9, 2013  |  WGBH Fraser Performance Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week’s From the Top comes to you from Fraser Performance Studio at WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts, where you’ll meet a young violinist who shared her music with her severely autistic brother and watched him use a song to be able to express his emotions for the very first time. You’ll also hear an outstanding…

  • Denver, CO / 266
    Saturday, January 12, 2013  |  Boettcher Concert Hall  |  Presented by Colorado Symphony Association

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver where our teenagers play with the great Colorado Symphony. You’ll hear an outstanding 17-year-old organist join the orchestra to perform the final movement of the Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 and meet a teenage violinist who plays Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen while sharing the…

  • Dallas, TX / 265
    Friday, January 4, 2013  |  Meyerson Hall  |  Presented by Dallas Symphony Orchestra

    On this week’s From the Top is coming to you from Myerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas, an outstanding teenage violinist who originally taught himself to play by watching videos on YouTube, will solo with the mighty Dallas Symphony Orchestra. You’ll also hear teenage members of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra join the Dallas Symphony…

  • Sarasota, FL / 264
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012  |  Sarasota Opera House  |  Presented by Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the Sarasota Opera House in Sarasota, Florida where we’ll hear an 11-year-old violinist who loves to contemplate the cosmos, a 17-year-old horn player who’s practice regimen has inspired a new word, and a young pianist who sleeps with her eyes open. We’ll also hear an outstanding…

  • Davis, CA / 263
    Thursday, October 25, 2012  |  Jackson Hall  |  Presented by Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the Robert and Margaret Mondavi Performing Arts Center at the University of California Davis, where you’ll meet an array of award-winning young musicians, including a 17-year-old guitarist who plays Chopin and a 16-year-old flutist who beatboxes on her flute. You’ll also meet a 15-year-old pianist who…

  • Greensburg, PA / 262
    Sunday, October 21, 2012  |  The Palace  |  Presented by Westmoreland Cultural Trust

    From the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, this week’s From the Top features a local 12-year-old pianist playing one of Aaron Copland’s most playful pieces, a talented 15-year-old cellist performing Schumann, and the fantastic Junior Division winners of the nation’s most prestigious chamber music competition performing from Leos Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2. Performers and…

  • Boston, MA / 261
    Sunday, October 14, 2012  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week we’re at our home base, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, where you’ll hear a 13-year-old cellist perform Tchaikovsky and a 9-year-old violinist perform a lively showpiece by Pablo de Sarasate. Also, an accomplished recorder player will break you of any stereotype you may have about this versatile instrument! Performers and repertoire:…

  • Troy, NY / 260
    Friday, October 5, 2012  |  Presented by Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

    In this week’s cello-centric episode, one of the master cellists of our time, Matt Haimovitz, performs with our teenage musicians. Among highlights, you’ll hear a performance of David Popper’s Requiem played by Matt Haimovitz, Christopher O’Riley, and two fantastic teenage cellists,and in a grand finale, all of the cellists on today’s show come together to…

  • Beijing, China / 259
    Sunday, July 29, 2012  |  Recital Hall at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing  |  Presented by Great Wall Academy

    From the Top comes to you this week from Beijing China for the second of two shows taped at the Central Conservatory of Music. Among highlights, you’ll hear a fantastic 13-year-old ehru player perform “Sunshine on Taxkorgan”by Chen Gang and an 11-year-old violinist from Brunei perform Haydn backed by the Great Wall Soloists conducted by…

  • Beijing, China / 258
    Saturday, July 28, 2012  |  Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing  |  Presented by Great Wall Academy

    Greetings from Beijing, China! We’re at the Central Conservatory of Music, a fantastic institution that provides training to many of the best young musicians from all around the country and beyond. You’ll meet a 17-year-old violist from Hunan province who performs Brahms, a 16-year-old violinist from Shanghai who performs Wieniawski, and two very young violinists…

  • Chautauqua, NY / 257
    Thursday, July 12, 2012  |  Chautauqua Amphitheater  |  Presented by Chautauqua Institution

    This week, we’re at Chautauqua Amphitheater at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, where you’ll hear a teenage guitarist play his own arrangement of Scarlatti and a 13-year-old pianist perform Liszt. You’ll also hear from an 18-year-old soprano who not only met her idol, Renee Fleming, but had the great singer select the piece…

  • Grapevine, TX / 256
    Wednesday, June 27, 2012  |  Palace Arts Center  |  Presented by Military Child Education Coalition Conference

    Does the discipline and dedication required to serve in our nation’s armed forces have anything in common with the discipline and dedication required to become a skilled classical musician? All of the kids on today’s show would say, “Yes!” This week, From the Top is in Grapevine, Texas, where we’ll showcase talented young musicians who’ve…

  • Bogota‡, Colombia / 255
    Wednesday, May 30, 2012  |  Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo  |  Presented by Batuta

    What do young musicians who come from the edge of the Amazon rain forest, the sophisticated big city of Bogotá, and the villages and towns in-between have in common? An incredible music education system and one of the top youth orchestras in the Americas! This week, From the Top comes to you from the Teatro…

  • Houston, TX / 254
    Saturday, May 12, 2012  |  Wortham Center  |  Presented by Houston Public Radio

    This week’s show comes to you from the Brown Theater at the Wortham Center in Houston, Texas, where you’ll hear a 17-year-old baritone sing Schubert and a 15-year-old pianist play Liszt’s “La Campanella.” Also, the Houston Youth Symphony performs from Beethoven’s Fideli, and a 16-year-old from Houston performs a violin show piece – on the…

  • Portland, OR / 253
    Sunday, May 6, 2012  |  Newmark Theater  |  Presented by Portland Piano International

    Presented by Portland Piano International, This week’s From the Top comes to you from the Newmark Theater in Portland, Oregon, where you’ll hear two sisters from New York playing Percy Granger’s two-piano Fantasy on “Porgy and Bess” and an outstanding trio from Julliard perform the holy grail of chamber music written the French horn. Also,…

  • Chattanooga, TN / 252
    Thursday, April 26, 2012  |  Presented by Tivoli Theatre

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the Tivoli Theater in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where you’ll hear a 14-year-old violinist from California perform the glitzy “Carmen Fantasie” by Franz Waxman and enjoy an audio postcard sent in by a 16-year-old bass/baritone from nearby Lookout Mountain. You’ll also hear the amazing story of a Mongolian…

  • Potsdam, NY / 251
    Saturday, April 21, 2012  |  Hosmer Concert Hall  |  Presented by Crane School of Music

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Hosmer Concert Hall at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where you’ll hear Tchaikovsky’s beautiful “Melodie” performed by a 14-year-old violinist studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music and George Enescu’s “Cantabile” performed by an 18-year-old flutist from California. Also, an outstanding 10-year-old pianist…

  • New York, NY / 250
    Tuesday, March 27, 2012  |  Zankel Hall  |  Presented by Carnegie Hall, The Achievement Program

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Carnegie Hall in New York City, where you’ll hear a fantastic piano quartet perform the music of Brahms and a teenage violinist play “Carmen Fantasie” by Franz Waxman. Also, an 18-year-old flutist plays a mesmerizing piece for solo flute and gets a surprise phone call during…

  • Carmel, IN / 249
    Wednesday, March 21, 2012  |  Presented by The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, where you’ll hear a 15-year-old cellist perform one of Chopin’s teenage compositions and an 11-year-old violinist play a piece by Hungarian composer Jenö Hubay. Also, an 18-year-old guitarist performs “Andaluza” by Enrique Granados and…

  • Ogden, UT / 248
    Thursday, March 8, 2012  |  Austad Auditorium  |  Presented by Weber State University

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Weber State University’s Austad Auditorium in Ogden, Utah, where you’ll hear a talented duo from the Salt Lake City area play Tchaikovsky and the teenage winners of the Discover National Chamber Music Competition in Chicago perform the monumental final movement of the String Quartet No. 9…

  • Brunswick, ME / 247
    Wednesday, February 29, 2012  |  Studzinski Recital HallÊ  |  Presented by Bowdoin College

    This week, we’re at Studzinski Recital Hall on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where you’ll hear a teenage cellist from Chicago perform from Rachmaninoff’s beautiful Sonata in G Minor and a young violinist from Washington play the first movement from Poulenc’s Sonata and talk about her colorful home on Whidbey Island. Also,…

  • Pittsburgh, PA / 246
    Tuesday, February 14, 2012  |  Carnegie Music Hall  |  Presented by Carnegie Mellon University

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where you’ll hear a talented 17-year-old euphonium player perform the music of Simone Mantia and a 16-year-old violinist play the Bartok Second Rhapsody. Also, teenagers from the Philadelphia area perform from Schubert’s monumental “Death and the Maiden” quartet and an…

  • Boston, MA / 245
    Saturday, February 4, 2012  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, From the Top comes to you from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, where you’ll hear a teenage violinist play a beautiful and rarely performed sonata by Frederick Delius and a 17-year-old violist play the music of Ernest Bloch. Also, a teenage flutist plays Paul Taffanel and gives fashion advice! Performers and…

  • Kalamazoo, MI / 244
    Sunday, January 15, 2012  |  Dalton Center Recital Hall  |  Presented by Western Michigan University School of Music

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Dalton Recital Hall at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where you’ll hear a fantastic percussion duo play music by Avner Dorman and a 15-year-old violinist play Wieniawski. You’ll also meet a talented tubist who feels his instrument chose him and a cellist who has worn the…

  • Jamaica Plain, MA / 243
    Sunday, December 18, 2011  |  Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church  |  Presented by Boston Children's Chorus

    This week, from the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, From the Top celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the eyes of today’s teenagers. You’ll hear the superb Boston Children’s Chorus sing several inspiring pieces and meet a 17-year-old bassoonist whose path parallels Coretta Scott King’s early years…

  • Santa Fe, NM / 242
    Tuesday, October 25, 2011  |  Lensic Performing Arts Center  |  Presented by Santa Fe Concert Association

    We’re at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in sunny Santa Fe this week, where you’ll hear Handel sung by a 16-year-old mezzo, and enjoy the flirtatious music of Gaspar Cassado played by a 17-year-old cellist. You’ll also meet a teenage pianist who practices the athletic art of parkour! Performers and repertiore: Pianist Hugo Kitano, 16,…

  • Washington, DC / 241
    Sunday, October 16, 2011  |  National Gallery of Art  |  Presented by National Gallery of Art & Washington Performing Arts Society

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, where you’ll hear a gregarious 11-year-old play the music of David Popper and an outstanding piano trio from Cleveland perform a lively piece by Astor Piazzolla. You’ll also hear the piano music of Olivier Messiaen performed by a…

  • Boston, MA / 240
    Sunday, October 2, 2011  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, From the Top is at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, where you’ll meet a 15-year-old pianist who has already performed at the White House as well as in Baghdad with the Iraqi Symphony. Also, a 17-year-old violinist plays the music of César Franck, a teenage singer performs two pieces by Dominick…

  • Ocean City, NJ / 239
    Wednesday, August 31, 2011  |  Ocean City Music Pier  |  Presented by Ocean City Pops

    This week, From the Top is at the Music Pier in Ocean City, New Jersey, joined by the Ocean City Pops under the direction of William Scheible. You’ll hear a 16-year-old violinist play Wieniawski with the orchestra and an 18-year-old pianist play Bach. Also, the junior division winners of this year’s Fischoff National Chamber Music…

  • Chicago, IL / 238
    Saturday, July 2, 2011  |  Arie Crown Theater, McCormick Place  |  Presented by National Educators Association

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the National Educators Association Annual Meeting at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, Illinois where you’ll hear a 17-year-old violist play the music of William Walton, an 18-year-old baritone sing from Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughn Williams, and scenes from Stravinksy’s “The Soldier’s Tale” performed…

  • Katonah, NY / 237
    Sunday, June 26, 2011  |  Venetian Theater  |  Presented by Caramoor Center for Music and Arts

    This week, From the Top comes from the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts in Katonah, New York, where you’ll hear a wonderfully accomplished 10-year-old cellist play Saint-Saëns, a fantastic teenage flutist play the music of Aaron Copland, and a talented quartet play the Finale of Dvorak’s “American” Quartet. Performers and repertoire: Cellist and Jack…

  • Rockport, MA / 236
    Saturday, June 4, 2011  |  Shalin Liu Performance Center  |  Presented by Rockport Music Festival

    We’re at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts where an outstanding teenage quartet from Boston performs the music of Edvarg Grieg, a teen from Illinois plays a tarantella by Karol Szymanowski, and a gifted 8-year-old pianist plays Debussy. Performers and Repertoire: Cellist Sarina Zhang, 15, from New York, NY, performs Zapateado by Pablo…

  • Oklahoma City, OK / 235
    Sunday, May 15, 2011  |  Kirkpatrick Auditorium, Rose State College Performing Arts Theatre  |  Presented by Oklahoma City University

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Oklahoma City University’s Kirkpatrick Auditorium, where you’ll hear a 16-year-old trumpet player play the music of Oskar Böhme and an 11-year-old pianist play Bach. You’ll also meet the 14-year-old junior winner of the 2010 Sphinx Competition for African American and Latino string players and meet a…

  • Virginia Beach, VA / 234
    Wednesday, May 4, 2011  |  Sandler Center  |  Presented by Virginia Arts Festival

    This week we’re at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where you’ll be introduced to a young violinist who’s become a local arts hero and hear her play the music of Saint-Saëns. You’ll also meet two teenage cellists whose approach to their instrument is very different and be treated to…

  • Carmel, IN / 233
    Tuesday, April 26, 2011  |  Presented by The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts

    This week, from the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, you’ll hear a 16-year-old perform music by the “Czar of Cellists,” a young harpist share what life is like on her Indiana farm, and four teenagers describe the very different ways their parents got them through times when they wanted…

  • College Park, MD / 232
    Saturday, April 16, 2011  |  Dekelboum Concert Hall  |  Presented by Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

    We’re at Dekelboum Concert Hall at the University of Maryland in College Park this week, where a young bassoonist plays the music of Alexandre Tansman and shares an inspiring story about determination, and a young pianist reminds us what it feels like to practice music when you’re only five. You’ll also meet a spectacular piano…

  • New York, NY / 231
    Sunday, April 10, 2011  |  Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, WQXR  |  Presented by WNYC

    You logged onto YouTube, you watched, you listened, and you voted! We’re at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR in New York City, where you’ll meet the winners of the Big Break Competition, including Grand Prize winner, percussionist Marcelina Suchocka. You’ll also hear a 16-year-old cellist play Bartok, a 15-year-old harpist play Salzedo,…

  • Monterey, CA / 230
    Thursday, April 7, 2011  |  Golden State Theater  |  Presented by EG Conference

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the E.G. Conference at the Golden State Theater in Monterey, California, where an incredible 9-year-old pianist plays Chopin, a 16-year-old double bassist plays a piece written for Picasso’s 90th birthday, and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro performs some of his own compositions accompanied by our young musicians.…

  • Cedar Falls, IA / 229
    Tuesday, April 5, 2011  |  Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center  |  Presented by Orchestra Iowa

    This week’s episode comes to you from the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, where you’ll hear a a 14-year-old violinist perform the music of Sarasate and a 17-year-old cellist perform Shostakovich. You’ll also meet a teenager from Rhode Island who will introduce you to the high-tech…

  • Athens, GA / 228
    Sunday, February 27, 2011  |  Hodgson Hall, University of Georgia Performing Arts Center  |  Presented by University of Georgia

    This week, From the Top is in Athens, Georgia, where the great flutist Sir James Galway collaborates with two outstanding teenage string players in the Beethoven Serenade, Op. 25. Also a 12-year-old pianist plays Brahms and an 18-year-old harpist plays Gabriel Piernés Impromptu Caprice. Performers and Repertoire: Violist Arianna Smith, 17, from Saint Charles, IL,…

  • Opelika, AL / 227
    Tuesday, February 8, 2011  |  Opelika Center for the Performing Arts  |  Presented by Opelika Center for the Performing Arts

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts in Opelika, Alabama, where you’ll hear a 13-year-old violinist play Beethoven and an 18-year-old guitarist play Paganini. Also, a young pianist shares the story of how music has brought him close to his little brother. Performers and repertoire: Double…

  • Boston, MA / 226
    Saturday, January 29, 2011  |  

    This week, From the Top is home in Boston at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, where you’ll hear a 15-year-old pianist play Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 3 and an 18-year-old mezzo sing from Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod.You’ll also meet Eran Egozy, a clarinetist and one of the creators of the juggernaut musical video games…

  • Yountville, CA / 225
    Sunday, January 23, 2011  |  Presented by Lincoln Theater Napa Valley

    This week’s show comes to you from Yountville, California in the heart of the Napa Valley, where you’ll meet a teenage clarinetist who’ll play one of Mozart’s most exquisite pieces and then talk about a visionary music education program he created. Also, a 12-year-old local pianist gives you the inside scoop on Napa culture, and…

  • Bethlehem, PA / 224
    Friday, December 3, 2010  |  Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University  |  Presented by Lehigh University

    We’re in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania this week, featuring young musicians who are up to remarkable things beyond playing classical music. You’ll meet a 14-year-old pianist who has appeared in a major feature film, a teenage flutist who’s recorded with one of the world’s greatest jazz musicians and a From the Top alum who’s started a new…

  • Abilene, TX / 223
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010  |  First Baptist Church  |  Presented by Abilene Public Radio

    This week, our show in Abilene, Texas proves that the pipe organ isn’t just for church anymore as two of the best teenage organists in America play 20th and 21st century concert music. Also, a 16-year old cellist plays Tchaikovsky, and we’ll meet a 12-year-old pianist from here in Abilene and get a glimpse inside…

  • Baton Rouge, LA / 222
    Tuesday, November 2, 2010  |  Presented by LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts

    We’re at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and today, a 16-year-old pianist performs the music of Debussy, a young violinist talks candidly with his grandmother about the risks of pursuing a career in music, and teenagers from New Orleans treat us to the traditional art of the brass band! Cellist Jean Kim, 15, from Sleepy…

  • Boston, MA / 221
    Sunday, October 24, 2010  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week we broadcast from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall where we learn what’s it like to grow up in a family with three generations of serious classical musicians. Also, a 13-year-old pianist performs from the Bach Goldberg Variations and a teenage Chinese American talks about the evolving tradition of the ancient cousin to the…

  • Davenport, IA / 220
    Tuesday, October 12, 2010  |  Adler Theater  |  Presented by Orchestra Iowa

    We’re in Davenport, Iowa, and this week we’re going to talk both collaboration and conflict with a major-competition-winning teenage string quartet. You’ll also hear a killer percussion piece played by 15-year-olds from Chicago and we’ll re-live one of our classical kid’s auditions, but not for the youth orchestra… for American Idol! Violinist and Jack Kent…

  • Saint Paul, MN / 219
    Tuesday, July 13, 2010  |  Bethel University  |  Presented by Young Artists World Piano Festival

    Coming to you from the Young Artist World Piano Festival taking place on the campus of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, this week’s From the Top features some of the best young pianists in America demonstrating pretty much everything the piano can possibly do. From solo to duo to chamber to a big bombastic…

  • Gettysburg, PA / 218
    Friday, June 18, 2010  |  Majestic Theater  |  Presented by Gettysburg Festival

    This week, from the Gettysburg Festival in Pennsylvania, our line-up of outstanding performers includes a 15-year-old pianist from New Jersey performing Liszt and an 18-year-old tuba player from the Atlanta area who is descended from Nigerian royalty! Performers and repertoire: Pianist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Hyung-Do Kim, 14, from Palisades Park, NJ, performs…

  • Boston, MA / 217
    Tuesday, June 8, 2010  |  Symphony Hall  |  Presented by Boston Pops

    This week, from Symphony Hall in Boston, outstanding young musicians solo with the Boston Pops, conducted by Keith Lockhart. You’ll hear a teenage cellist perform the Finale of the Symphony No. 1 by Shostakovich and a nine-year-old pianist from California play Mozart – and then teach Maestro Lockhart how to play upside down and backwards.…

  • Ames, IA / 216
    Tuesday, May 18, 2010  |  Fisher Theater  |  Presented by Iowa State University

    This week, from the Fisher Theater at Iowa State University in Ames, our line-up of outstanding performers includes a 16-year-old pianist from Massachusetts performing the music of Igor Stravinsky, an incredible octet from Ohio performing Mendelssohn, and we’ll meet a young oboist who has an unusually challenging relationship with her high school band director –…

  • Portland, ME / 215
    Wednesday, March 24, 2010  |  Presented by Merrill Auditorium

    This week, from Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, our line-up of outstanding performers includes two sisters from Maine performing from Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, a 14-year-old harpist from New Hampshire who was originally attracted to her instrument through an inexplicable force, and a fantastic trumpet trio who join members of the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra…

  • Iowa City, IA / 214
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010  |  Presented by Englert Theater

    This week, from the Englert Theater in Iowa City, Iowa our line-up of outstanding performers includes a 14-year-old pianist from nearby Coralville performing Chopin, an 18-year-old from Ann Arbor, Michigan who plays the flute for reasons of the heart, and a teenage trombone quartet from Chicago, who brings the house down with a raucous finale.…

  • Burlington, VT / 213
    Friday, February 12, 2010  |  Presented by Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

    This week, from the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont, our line-up of outstanding performers includes a 21-year-old alumna who returns to our stage after winning last year’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition, an 11-year-old cellist performs a piece by François Francoeur, and a local teenage composer shares his piece for bassoon…

  • Boston, MA / 212
    Saturday, February 6, 2010  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, our line-up of outstanding performers includes a 14-year-old pianist from nearby Dorchester playing the music of Mendelssohn and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra playing the foreboding overture to Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Plus, we’re joined by the Associate Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, who…

  • Santa Barbara, CA / 211
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010  |  Presented by Lobero Theater

    This week, from the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, California, our line-up of outstanding performers includes an exceptionally young pianist performing Liszt, a teenage piano trio performing the music of Astor Piazzolla, and a talented soprano who received some of her valuable training at the Macaroni Grill. Performers and Repertoire: Violinist Jonathan Miron, 17, from…

  • Kea’au, HI / 210
    Friday, January 22, 2010  |  William Charles Lunalilo Center  |  Presented by Kamehameha School

    This week, from the William Charles Lunalilo Center at the Kamehameha School in Kea’au, Hawaii, you’ll be treated to traditional slack key guitar music played by a talented teenager from Hawaii Island as well as performances by a 14-year-old pianist from Oahu who has to fight his cousins to practice and a 17-year-flutist from back…

  • Waimea, HI / 209
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010  |  Presented by Kahilu Theater

    This week, from the Kahilu Theater in Kamuela, Hawaii, our line-up of outstanding performers includes a 15-year-old violinist performing the fiery Sonatensatz by Brahms and a young pianist from Hawaii performing music written to conjure up a wild snow storm – even though she herself has never experienced so much as a flurry. TRIVIA QUESTION:…

  • Boston, MA / 208
    Sunday, January 3, 2010  |  Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church  |  Presented by Boston Children's Chorus

    Recorded at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, this special edition of From the Top celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The fantastic Boston Children’s Chorus performs a variety of inspirational pieces, a teenage quartet perform the music of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and a talented 17-year-old flutist performs “Summerland” by William Grant…

  • Stanford, CA / 207
    Saturday, December 5, 2009  |  Dinkelspiel Auditorium  |  Presented by Stanford University

    This week, from Dinkelspiel Auditorium on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, a 13-year-old violinist performs a flashy Carmen Fantasy by Franz Waxman and takes a quiz given by a special guest – the great New York Times puzzle master Will Shortz, and a fantastic 16-year-old pianist plays Prokofiev. Also, we’ll reconnect…

  • Dallas TX / 206
    Friday, November 13, 2009  |  Presented by AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House

    This week, from the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas, our line-up of outstanding performers includes a local 14-year-old violist performing Schubert’s beautiful Arpeggione Sonata and a talented teenage pianist who is now living with his very generous piano teacher. Plus, nine teenagers from Chicago’s Percussion Scholarship Group create an especially…

  • Waco, TX / 205
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009  |  Jones Concert Hall  |  Presented by Baylor University

    This week, from Jones Concert Hall at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, our line-up of outstanding performers includes an 18-year-old from California playing a rousing piano version of “Stars and Stripes Forever” and a 17-year-old Texan playing the great Jones Hall organ. You’ll also meet a teenager who is a touring bluegrass and Celtic musician…

  • Granville, OH / 204
    Saturday, November 7, 2009  |  Swasey Chapel  |  Presented by Denison University

    This week, from Swasey Chapel on the campus of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, it’s an all-alumni show featuring outstanding performers from past programs, including a gifted 15-year-old pianist, who plays the music of American composer Lowell Liebermann, and a charismatic 20-year-old baritone who sings the operatic “Soliloquy” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Also, we’ll…

  • Atlanta, GA / 203
    Wednesday, November 4, 2009  |  Schwartz Center for Performing Arts  |  Presented by Emory University

    This week, from the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, our line-up of outstanding performers includes a 13-year-old pianist from Tennessee performing Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra performing the music of William Walton, and a 15-year-old bassist from nearby Marietta who plays his unwieldy instrument…

  • Salt Lake City, UT / 202
    Sunday, October 11, 2009  |  Libby Gardner Concert Hall  |  Presented by University of Utah

    This week, from the Libby Gardner Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, our line-up of outstanding performers includes a 15-year-old pianist performing the music of Igor Stravinsky, a fantastic local youth orchestra performing from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and our youngest trumpet player ever – an astonishingly talented…

  • Boston, MA / 201
    Sunday, October 4, 2009  |  NEC's Jordan Hall  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, our line-up of outstanding performers includes an 11-year-old pianist from Oregon who says she’s really shy (you be the judge!), and a 17-year-old timpanist from here in Massachusetts who’ll give us an entertaining introduction to the big copper drums. Also, our 10th Anniversary Alumni guest…

  • Wolfeboro, NH / 200
    Wednesday, July 8, 2009  |  Presented by Heifetz International Music Institute

    This week’s show, from the Heifetz International Music Institute in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, features a return visit from a performer who played piano on one of our earliest shows and is now making her way in the real world — as a critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter! You’ll also meet a teenage cellist from Illinois playing the Paganini…

  • El Paso, TX / 199
    Saturday, June 13, 2009  |  Plaza Theatre  |  Presented by El Paso Summer Music Festival

    This week’s show, from the El Paso Summer Music Festival in El Paso, Texas, is a celebration of our amazing partnership with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which has awarded more than one million dollars to young musicians with financial need. Among the talented Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists you’ll meet are a 15-year-old harpist…

  • Omaha, NE / 198
    Friday, May 22, 2009  |  Presented by Holland Performing Arts Center

    From the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska, this week’s show demonstrates that our national cultural life is thriving in the heart of America. You’ll meet two kids from the Great Plains — an 18-year-old violist playing Schumann and a pianist, also 18, playing Paul Creston. Plus, a teenage percussion quartet from Chicago improvises…

  • Cedar Rapids, IA / 197
    Tuesday, May 19, 2009  |  Sinclair Auditorium  |  Presented by Coe College

    From Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this week’s show, part of From the Top and Orchestra Iowa’s multi-year residency “Iowa Makes Music”, includes a nationally renowned teenage mandolin player playing Vittorio Monti’s Czardas, a teenage string quartet from the Chicago area playing Shostakovich, and an 18-year-old bass from nearby Cedar Falls…

  • Boston, MA / 196
    Sunday, May 3, 2009  |  Fraser Performance Studio  |  Presented by WGBH

    From Fraser Performance Studio at WGBH in Boston, we launch our 10th Anniversary season with this week’s show. To celebrate, we welcome back a violinist who was on our show ten years ago, and who has since undertaken the task of “changing the world through music.” You’ll also meet a nine-year-old flutist from Virginia, who…

  • Boston, MA / 195
    Sunday, March 29, 2009  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week’s From the Top comes to you from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, where a 17-year-old pianist from Washington, D. C. performs Prokofiev, a teenage harpist from Atlanta plays the music of Carlos Salzedo, and the Boston Children’s Chorus sings a contemporary composition by the Venezuelan composer Alberto Grau Performers and Repertoire:…

  • Buffalo, NY / 194
    Sunday, March 15, 2009  |  Kleinhans Music Hall  |  Presented by Buffalo Philharmonic

    This week, from Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York, outstanding young musicians join forces with the great Buffalo Philharmonic under the direction of JoAnn Falletta. Among this week’s highlights, you’ll hear a 16-year-old violinist perform the finale of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, and Maestro JoAnn Falletta puts down her baton and picks…

  • Mobile, AL / 193
    Tuesday, January 13, 2009  |  Saenger Theater  |  Presented by Saenger Theater

    This week, from the Saenger Theater in Mobile, Alabama, our line-up of outstanding performers includes a 12-year-old pianist from performing Debussy’s Clair de Lune, a teenage bassoonist who’s emerged from a family of gospel musicians, and Mobile’s Singing Children performing Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus. Performers and Repertoire: Flutist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Irineo…

  • Indianapolis, IN / 192
    Saturday, December 6, 2008  |  Presented by Warren Performing Arts Center

    This week, from the Warren Performing Arts Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, our line-up includes a tuba-playing teen performing Vaughn Williams, an award-winning string quartet burning the house down with Bartok, and a piece of new music written and played by teenagers. Performers and Repertoire: Cellist Nathan Vickery, 18, from Indianapolis, IN, performs Variations on a…

  • Mesa, AZ / 191
    Tuesday, November 18, 2008  |  Presented by Mesa Arts Center

    This week, from the Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center, our line-up of outstanding performers includes a 13-year-old Arizona pianist playing Prokofiev, a brother and sister team from Philadelphia playing a piece by Zoltán Kodály, and a teenage violinist from Illinois performing a devilish piece by John Williams. Performers and Repertoire: Flutist and Jack…

  • Des Moines, IA / 190
    Thursday, November 13, 2008  |  Hoyt Sherman Place  |  Presented by Orchestra Iowa

    This week, from Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa, our line-up of outstanding performers includes a 16-year-old violinist performing the music of Edward Elgar, a guitar quartet from Minneapolis performing an evocative piece by Ben Verdery, and a teenage baritone, who tells us why a small town in Iowa can be an extraordinary place…

  • Cincinnati, OH / 189
    Saturday, October 25, 2008  |  Music Hall in Cincinnati  |  Presented by Cincinnati Pops?

    This week, from Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, outstanding teenage musicians solo with the renowned Cincinnati Pops led by Maestro Erich Kunzel. Highlights include a 16-year-old cellist from Tallahassee performing David Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody and a 14-year-old violinist from Cleveland performing the Finale of the Burch Violin Concerto No. 1. Also on this week’s show,…

  • Northfield, MA / 188
    Saturday, October 11, 2008  |  Rhodes Arts Center  |  Presented by Northfield Mount Hermon School

    This week, from the Rhodes Arts Center at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, our line-up of outstanding performers includes a 14-year-old violinist from Connecticut playing a virtuosic set of variations on “Yankee Doodle”, a passionate 16-year-old cellist from New York playing Saint-Saëns, and a female choral ensemble from Northfield Mount Hermon School. Performers…

  • Boston, MA / 187
    Sunday, October 5, 2008  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    On this week’s episode, young musicians perform the music of one of America’s most original and celebrated composers, William Bolcom. Highlights include a 17-year-old violinist playing his lovely Graceful Ghost Rag, a 14-year-old soprano singing one of his funny cabaret songs, and a teenage ensemble playing a string quartet written when the composer was a…

  • Lubbock, TX / 186
    Saturday, September 6, 2008  |  Allen Theater  |  Presented by Texas Tech University

    From the Allen Theater at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, home grown and international kids — ranging in age from nine to seventeen — dig into the classics, producing impressive performances of works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Barrios. Performers and Repertoire: Pianist Grace Cheon, 13, from Lubbock, TX, perform II. Scherzo from Sonata No.…

  • San Antonio, TX / 185
    Saturday, September 13, 2008  |  Laurie Auditorium  |  Presented by Trinity University?

    From Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, our line-up of outstanding performers includes a piano trio made up of 11 and 12-year-olds performing Beethoven, a 17-year old cellist performing Lukas Foss, and a teenage pianist whose life mixes classical music with hunting bobcat and raising pigs. Performers and Repertoire: Clarinetist Sam Almaguer, 17, from San…

  • Aspen, CO / 184
    Sunday, August 10, 2008  |  Harris Hall  |  Presented by Aspen Music Festival

    From the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colorado, a gifted flutist embraces a Swiss ballade, a 16-year-old violinist tosses off a devilish sonata, and a 14-year-old pianist tackles Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz. Performers and Repertoire: Violinst Ga-Yeon Lee, 16. from Englewood, NJ, performs Violin Sonata in G minor (“Devil’s Trill”) by Giuseppe Tartini, arranged…

  • Lawrence, KS / 183
    Tuesday, July 15, 2008  |  Lied Center  |  Presented by International Institute for Young Musicians?

    This week, an all-piano program from theÊInternational Institute for Young MusiciansÊin Lawrence, Kansas features pianists, aged 12 to 16, playing Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Chopin.

  • Wolfeboro, NH / 182
    Wednesday, July 9, 2008  |  Anderson Hall  |  Presented by Heifetz International Music Institute

    This week, from the Heifetz International Music Institute in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, the line-up of young musicians includes a quartet of string players tackling a Robert Schumann classic, and a speed reading 16-year-old violinist playing Bazzini’s virtuosic Round of the Goblins. Performers and repertoire: Cellist Rainer Crosett, 17, from North Andover, MA performs Requiebros by…

  • Portland, OR / 181
    Saturday, May 31, 2008  |  Kaul Auditorium  |  Presented by Reed College

    This week, from Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium in Portland, Oregon, a 15-year-old harpist plays Carnival of Venice variations, an athletic young violinist offers music by Beethoven, and a self-proclaimed moody pianist pours her heart into dances by Bach. Performers and repertoire: Jeremy Keppelmann, 15, harp, from Reno, NV performs Variations on the ‘Carnival of Venice’…

  • Berkeley, CA / 180
    Thursday, May 29, 2008  |  Zellerbach Hall  |  Presented by UC Berkeley

    This week, From the Top visits Berkeley, California, where a 12-year-old pianist joyfully wraps her brain and fingers around a Bach fugue, a hockey-playing bassoonist plays Weber, and a teen quartet offers up a new work by a local 17-year-old. Performers and repertoire: Anthony Bracewell, 16, violin, from Essex, Ontario, Canada, a From the Top…

  • Boston, MA / 179
    Wednesday, May 28, 2008  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, our line-up of outstanding musicians includes an 18-year-old pianist performing Chopin, a teenage string quartet performing Beethoven, and renowned violinist Hilary Hahn will collaborate with young players who are just about the age she was when her amazing concert career took off. Performers and repertoire:…

  • Newport News, VA / 178
    Thursday, May 15, 2008  |  Ferguson Center for the Arts  |  Presented by Virginia Arts Festival

    From the Virginia Arts Festival in Newport News, Virginia, a 17-year-old baritone sings Handel, a 15-year-old cellist plays Mendelssohn, and a teenage saxophone quartet from Chicago plays piece that really “cooks.” Performers and repertoire: Priscella Chan, piano, 16, from Arcadia, CA performing Desperate Measures (Paganini Variations) by Robert Muczynski Elliott Hines, baritone, 17, from Sugar…

  • New Albany, OH / 177
    Friday, April 18, 2008  |  McCoy Community Center for the Arts  |  Presented by McCoy Community Center for the Arts

    This week, from New Albany, Ohio, an 18-year-old pianist plays the opening movement of Beethoven’s “Waldstein” Sonata, a teenage violinist from Boston plays Wieniawski, and an 18-year-old soprano, who is brave enough to admit when she’s wrong and her parents are right, sings music for spring. Performers and repertoire: Nicholas King, piano, age 18 from…

  • Houston, TX / 176
    Friday, March 28, 2008  |  Wortham Theater Center  |  Presented by Houston Grand Opera

    This week, talented teen voices ring out at the home of Houston Grand Opera. A 17-year-old soprano sings Copland and three Texan “spirits” sing a scene from Mozart’s Magic Flute. Also, a confident clarinetist plays Saint-Saëns, and a teen trio performs Smetana. For the grand finale, all the young musicians join to perform music from…

  • Boston, MA / 175
    Sunday, March 2, 2008  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week’s show, from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, includes a 16-year-old violinist playing Gershwin, a teenage bassoonist who can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under two minutes, and a 13-year old cellist who plays some devilishly difficult variations on a single string. Performers and repertoire: Bassoonist Sarah Abraham, 16, from Atlanta, GA performs I.…

  • Boston, MA / 174
    Sunday, February 3, 2008  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week’s show, taped at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, features an array of exceptionally young musicians. Highlights include an outstanding 10-year-old violinist playing Bartok’s Rhapsody No.1 and a 13-year-old pianist performing a diabolical piece by Prokofiev. Also, you’ll meet a 13-year-old composer and hear his piece performed by a pre-teen trio from New York…

  • Rochester, NY / 173
    Sunday, January 20, 2008  |  Nazareth College Arts Center  |  Presented by Nazareth College

    From the Nazareth College Arts Center in Rochester, New York, eight seriously musical teens tackle double reeds, voice, and all manner of strings in performances of music from the 18th to 21st century. Performers and repertoire: Harvest Zhang, piano, age 15 from Rochester, NY performs “Russian Dance” from Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky Zoë Hilbert, oboe,…

  • Daytona Beach, FL / 172
    Monday, January 7, 2008  |  Peabody Auditorium  |  Presented by Daytona Beach Symphony Society

    This week, from Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida, our line-up of outstanding musicians includes a young pianist from Iowa performing one of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, a local 13-year-old flutist performing the music of Telemann, and an 18-year-old soprano from Washington D.C. singing Donizetti. Also, a violinist’s pet Chihuahua sings along with a Paganini Caprice!…

  • Cleveland, OH / 171
    Friday, December 14, 2007  |  Mixon Hall  |  Presented by Cleveland Institute of Music

    From the Top heads to the Cleveland Institute of Music to find a trio of teen siblings with a thing for strings, transcendental music by Liszt, a trombonist with “Thoughts of Love,” a teenage percussionist, and the healing sounds of a violinist with compassion. Performers and repertoire: Violinist Alena Merimee, 15, from Strongsville, OH performs…

  • Kahului, HI / 170
    Friday, November 16, 2007  |  Castle Theater  |  Presented by Maui Arts and Cultural Center

    From the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, Hawaii, this week’s gifted young musicians include a 13-year-old guitarist playing a Venezuelan waltz, an award-winning 15-year-old double bassist and a five-piano, ten-pianist extravaganza featuring music by Bizet and Khachaturian. Performers and repertoire: Guitarist Joseph Lee, 13, from Bedford, Texas, Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, performs…

  • Honolulu, HI / 169
    Wednesday, November 14, 2007  |  Hawaii Theater  |  Presented by Hawaii Public Radio

    This week, from the Hawaii Theater in Honolulu, a teenage pianist from Honolulu plays Prokofiev, the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus sings a Chinese folk song, and a young tuba player who’s gone to extremes in his orchestra while awaiting his next entrance, plays Schumann. Performers and repertoire: Violinist Asia Doike, Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist,…

  • Worcester, MA / 168
    Tuesday, October 16, 2007  |  Mechanics Hall  |  Presented by Mechanics Hall

    This week, from historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts, a 16-year-old pianist performs lively etudes by John Harbison, a 13-year-old violinist plays Brahms, and a young woodwind quintet plays Hindemith. Also, a talented teen trumpeter performs a contemporary piece. Performers and repertoire: Trumpet player Kyla Moscovich, 15, from Tarrytown, NY performs Kennan’s Sonata for Trumpet…

  • Bozeman, MT / 167
    Thursday, October 4, 2007  |  Wilson Auditorium  |  Presented by Classics for Kids; Hans Saari Memorial Fund

    This week, from Bozeman, Montana, an 18-year-old from Butte turns in some pianistic fireworks, a quartet of cello-playing siblings offers a unique take on Boccherini, and a teen violinist from Majorca captures the essence of Spain playing Sarasate. Performers and repertoire: The Werner Cello Quartet (Helene, 18; Lucien, 16; Mariel, 15 and Andree, 13) from…

  • Randolph, VT / 166
    Saturday, September 29, 2007  |  Chandler Music Hall  |  Presented by Chandler Music Hall

    This week, From the Top is in Randolph, Vermont, and features a teenage violinist from Woodstock performing the music of Fritz Kreisler and a young pianist from Pittsburgh who is carrying out his grandfather’s musical legacy. Also, you’ll learn how tragic it is to be interested in teen fashion when you live in Vermont. Performers…

  • Highland Park, IL / 165
    Sunday, September 16, 2007  |  Bennett Gordon Hall  |  Presented by Ravinia Festival

    This week’s From the Top comes to you from the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, where an 11-year-old violinist from Seattle plays introspective music by Ernest Bloch, a 17-year-old Chinese-born percussionist delivers a sparkling marimba solo, and a passionate 18-year-old pianist from Berkeley, California, plays Schumann. Cellist Mindy Park, 17, from Palatine, IL plays…

  • Aspen, CO / 164
    Sunday, August 5, 2007  |  Harris Hall  |  Presented by Aspen Music Festival

    This week, from the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado, you’ll hear extraordinary performances from young people who are spending the summer at the Aspen Music School, including the opening movement of the Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 played by three amazing teenage girls. You’ll also meet a 14-year-old pianist from the Ukraine with an…

  • Lewiston, NY / 163
    Sunday, July 22, 2007  |  Artpark  |  Presented by Buffalo Philharmonic

    This week from Artpark in Lewiston, New York, four outstanding teen musicians solo with the Buffalo Philharmonic in concerto movements by Wieniawski, Haydn, Poulenc and Mozart — all under the baton of the orchestra’s music director, JoAnn Falletta. Performers and repertoire: Bassoonist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Noah Brown, 16, from Iowa City, IA…

  • Bethesda, MD / 162
    Wednesday, June 6, 2007  |  Presented by Music Center at Starthmore

    This week, from The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, an award-winning teen quartet plays Debussy, a young baritone performs a song by Vaughn Williams, and a 15-year-old violinist plays music from a Saint-Saëns concerto. Performers and repertoire: The Newman String Quartet from the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia (Robyn Bollinger and Justine Lamb-Budge,…

  • San Francisco, CA / 161
    Friday, June 1, 2007  |  Herbst Theatre  |  Presented by Classical 102.1 KDFC

    This week, from San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, a 12-year-old pianist confronts a tricky Hungarian Rhapsody, a teen string quartet plays music by Ravel, and a virtuoso clarinetist from Costa Rica confesses his nostalgia for soccer and salsa dancing. Performers and repertoire: Violinist Zenas Hsu, 16, from San Jose, CA plays Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and…

  • Boston, MA / 160
    Wednesday, May 23, 2007  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, From the Top returns to its home in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, where a Texan teen puts a new spin on a piece of musical Americana, a teen quartet plays Mendelssohn, and a formerly “reluctant” cellist discovers Debussy. Performers and repertoire: Violinist Charles Yang, 18, from Austin TX performs Henri…

  • Columbus, OH / 159
    Wednesday, May 9, 2007  |  Southern Theatre  |  Presented by McGraw Hill Education

    From the Southern Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, this week’s line-up of outstanding young musicians includes a 17-year-old violinist from Columbus playing the famous Khachaturian Sabre Dance and a 14-year-old cellist from Cincinnati playing Chopin’s Polonaise Brillante. Also, the last quarter of From the Top is pre-empted by a new game show — Quartet Feud! Performers…

  • Philadelphia, PA / 158
    Tuesday, April 10, 2007  |  Verizon HallÊ  |  Presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    This week, from Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, it’s a show comprised of all local performers. Among them, you’ll hear a young clarinetist performing Brahms and a teenage piano trio performing the music of Astor Piazzolla. Performers and repertoire: Violinist Fabiola Kim, 16, from Englewood Cliffs, NJ, plays…

  • Boston, MA / 157
    Saturday, March 24, 2007  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, our line-up of outstanding young musicians includes a 14-year-old pianist from New York performing Prokofiev, an 18-year-old cellist playing Elgar, and the teenage winner of the U. S. National Accordion Championship performing a virtuosic piece called “Chopin’s Nightmare.” Performers and Repertoire: The Juilliard Piano Quintet…

  • Fort Pierce, FL / 156
    Friday, March 16, 2007  |  Sunrise Theatre  |  Presented by WRTI FM; Philadephia Orchestra, Settlement Music School; Kimmel Center Presents, Temple University Music Preperatory Division

    This week, from the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce, Florida, our line-up of outstanding young musicians includes a teenage guitarist from the mesa of Utah performing Terrega and a local 12-year-old performing a prelude by Rachmaninoff. Also, Roving Reporter Emily Mayer will take that mesa-loving guitarist to see the ocean for the very first time,…

  • Atlanta, GA / 155
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007  |  Atlanta Symphony Hall  |  Presented by Atlanta Symphony Hall; Young Audiences Woodruff Arts Center

    From Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center in Georgia, this week’s line up of outstanding young musicians includes the fabulous Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra performing Wagner and a 17-year-old violinist from North Carolina playing a graceful rag by William Bolcom. Also, Roving Reporter Tajah Coleman-Jones talks opera with a talented teenage tenor. Performers…

  • Cincinnati, OH / 154
    Tuesday, February 20, 2007  |  Music Hall  |  Presented by 90.0 WGUC, Cincinnati Arts Associaiton. Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Music Teachers National Association, Northern Kentucky Music Preperatory Department, Starling Project, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music

    This week’s show, from Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, features outstanding young musicians from the area, including a 10-year-old pianist playing a set of variations on a theme by Paganini and the 60 voice strong Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus singing Virgil Thomson. Also, a skateboarding, harmonica-playing teenager performs an extremely reverent piece of cello…

  • San Antonio, TX / 153
    Wednesday, February 14, 2007  |  Lila Cockrell Theatre  |  Presented by Texas Music Educators Association

    From the Top comes to you from San Antonio, Texas, this week, kicking off the 2007 Texas Music Educators Association annual convention. Among the talented Texans featured, you’ll hear a 16-year-old baritone from Fort Worth performing Handel and a 16-year-old clarinetist from Duncanville playing Carl Maria von Weber. Also, our special guest, the wonderful composer…

  • Boston, MA / 152
    Sunday, February 4, 2007  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, our line-up of outstanding young musicians includes an 11-year-old crackerjack violinist performing one of Sarasate’s showpieces and an 18-year old composer who has written a beautiful, post romantic string quintet. Also, you’ll meet a talented 15-year-old pianist who started college at the tender age of…

  • Interlochen, MI / 151
    Tuesday, January 23, 2007  |  Corson Auditorium  |  Presented by Interlochen Arts Academy

    This week, From the Top is at Interlochen Arts Academy presenting some of the outstanding young musicians who study there. Among today’s exceptional performances, you’ll hear a wind serenade conducted by a talented teen and the amazing finale from Stravinsky’s Firebird played by the Academy’s orchestra. Also, the sections of the orchestra are pitted together…

  • Malibu, CA / 150
    Sunday, January 14, 2007  |  Smothers Theatre  |  Presented by Pepperdine University

    This week, from Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, you’ll meet a 16-year-old French horn player with an inspirational story to tell and a teenage trio comprised of students from Interlochen Arts Academy. And it’s all guitar during the second half of the show, when legendary guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening presents two outstanding…

  • Mercersburg, PA / 149
    Tuesday, November 28, 2006  |  Burgin Center for the Arts  |  Presented by Mercersburg Academy

    This week’s From the Top comes to you from the Burgin Center for the Arts at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. You’ll hear outstanding musicians from 15 to 17 years old, including a teenage trombonist from Florida performing the music of Leonard Bernstein and a student from here at the Academy performing the first movement of…

  • Charlotte, NC / 148
    Thursday, November 9, 2006  |  Halton Theater  |  Presented by Halton Theater Presents

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the Dale F. Halton Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina, where you’ll meet a young pianist from Pennsylvania performing Liszt, a teenage cellist from Chapel Hill performing Debussy, and a talented trumpeter performing Geodicke. You’ll also hear a Bach flute sonata played on the tuba, and the…

  • Tyler, TX / 147
    Thursday, October 12, 2006  |  Caldwell Auditorium  |  Presented by Young Audiences of Northeast Texas

    This week, From the Top is in Tyler, Texas, featuring outstanding musicians from 14 to 17. Among them, you’ll hear a 16-year-old flutist from Georgia performing the gorgeous Concertino in D Major by Cecile Chaminade and young guitarist from Maryland whose musical journey began when he was discovered strumming a spaghetti strainer. We’ll also present…

  • Boston, MA / 146
    Sunday, October 8, 2006  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    From New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, this week’s show features outstanding musicians from 16 to 18, including a young baritone from Vermont, who’ll share the rather severe, but totally effective methods of his vocal coach and a teenager who was composing before she even knew what the word “composing” meant. Also, Roving Reporter…

  • Huntsville, AL / 145
    Friday, September 15, 2006  |  Trinity United Methodist Church  |  Presented by Huntsville Chamber Music Guild

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama and features four outstanding teenage musicians, including a bassoonist who plays Telemann, a pianist who plays Liszt, and a 13-year-old guitarist who plays a piece especially commissioned for him by Bryan Johanson. Also, famed soprano Angela Brown sings Mozart…

  • Boston, MA / 144
    Wednesday, May 24, 2006  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week’s show comes to you from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston and features outstanding musicians from ten to 17 years old, including our youngest chamber music ensemble ever performing Haydn, a teenage saxophone player from Kentucky playing Rumba by Maurice Whitney, and a teenage pianist from Minnesota performing Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz. We’ll…

  • Elgin, IL / 143
    Tuesday, May 2, 2006  |  Hemmens Cultural Center  |  Presented by Elgin Symphony Orchestra

    This week,ÊFrom the TopÊcomes to you fromÊHemmens Cultural CenterÊin Elgin, Illinois, where you’ll meet outstanding musicians from 14 to 18 years old, including a young pianist from Wyoming performing Rachmaninoff and a teenage violinist from Elgin performing Lutoslawski. Also, Roving ReporterÊHayley GoldbachÊchallenges a fabulous 18-year-old cellist to a very “genteel” game of ping-pong — with…

  • Granville, OH / 142
    Friday, April 7, 2006  |  Hemmens Cultural Center  |  Presented by Vail Concert Series

    This week, From the Top welcomes a special guest, Béla Fleck, the premiere banjo player in the world today. He joins teenage musicians to perform Bach as well as two of his own compositions, including a striking version of “Sunset Road” performed with a teenage bassist from Michigan. You’ll also hear a teenage ensemble perform…

  • Austin, TX / 141
    Tuesday, March 28, 2006  |  Paramount Theatre  |  Presented by Music Teaches National Association

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the annual convention of the Music Teachers National Association in Austin, Texas. You’ll meet outstanding musicians from 13 to 18 years old, including a teenage flutist from Kentucky performing the music of Georges Hue and a pianist from Texas performing a Liszt Transcendental Etude. Also, Roving…

  • Richardson, TX / 140
    Thursday, March 23, 2006  |  Eismann Center for Performing ArtsÊ  |  Presented by WRR 101.1 FM

    This week, from the Eismann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas, you’ll hear outstanding musicians from 12 to 18 years old, including a very young violinist from Texas performing the Tartini/Kreisler Variations on a Theme by Corelli, a teenage cellist from Georgia performing from a cello concerto by Victor Herbert, and a piccolo player…

  • Fort Myers, FL / 139
    Thursday, March 16, 2006  |  Shell Point Retirement Community Auditorium  |  Presented by Shell Point Concert Series

    This week, From the Top is in Fort Myers, Florida showcasing outstanding musicians from 15 to 18 years old. You’ll hear a teenage pianist from the area performing the music of Alberto Ginastera and a teenage organist playing two movements from Hermann Schroeder’s Little Prelude and Intermezzi. You’ll also hear a 17-year-old clarinetist from North…

  • Boston, MA / 138
    Sunday, March 12, 2006  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    From New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, this week’s show features outstanding musicians from 13 to 18 years old, including a young mezzo soprano from West Roxbury, Massachusetts singing Alessandro Scarlatti and a teenage violinist from Cape Cod performing evocative music about the gods by Karol Szymanowski. You’ll also meet a talented teenage composer…

  • Tallahassee, FL / 137
    Thursday, February 23, 2006  |  Ruby Diamond Auditorium  |  Presented by Florida State University

    This week, From the Top is in Tallahassee broadcasting from the Ruby Diamond Auditorium at Florida State University. You’ll hear outstanding musicians from 15 to 18 years old, including a violinist from New Jersey performing De Falla’s Danse Espagnole and a guitarist from California performing “A Dream in the Forest” by Barrios. You’ll also meet…

  • Troy, NY / 136
    Saturday, February 18, 2006  |  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall  |  Presented by Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

    This week, in a program celebrating Mozart’s 250th birthday, you’ll hear outstanding musicians play his music, including a 17-year-old from New Orleans performing a movement of the Clarinet Concerto and a 12-year-old from Minnesota performing a movement of the Piano Sonata, K. 332. Also, a Mozart expert weighs in on what the great composer might…

  • New York, NY / 135
    Sunday, February 12, 2006  |  Florence Gould Hall  |  Presented by Young Audiences

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Florence Gould Hall in New York City and features the music of one of America’s greatest composers, John Corigliano. You’ll meet the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and learn about his early years and musical inspirations. Highlights include a teenage soprano singing John Corigliano’s setting of a poem…

  • Palo Alto, CA / 134
    Saturday, February 4, 2006  |  Dinkelspiel AuditoriumÊ  |  Presented by Stanford Lively Arts

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. You’ll hear a range of performers from the west coast, including a very young ensemble who plays the opening movement of Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio and a teenage soprano from Oregon who sings a haunting aria by Gian Carlo Menotti. You’ll…

  • Carmel, CA / 133
    Thursday, February 2, 2006  |  Sunset Center  |  Presented by Monterey Bay Public KAZU

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the Sunset Center in beautiful Carmel, California. You’ll hear outstanding musicians from 11 to 18 years old, including a teenage soprano singing Fauré, a very young pianist playing Bach, and an 18-year-old violinist performing a piece by Leonard Bernstein. You’ll also hear a spirited piece of…

  • Boston, MA / 132
    Sunday, January 29, 2006  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week,ÊFrom the TopÊcomes to you fromÊNew England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston. Among this week’s highlights, you’ll hear a very young violinist performing a brilliant showpiece by Wieniawski, a teenage pianist performing a nostalgic and flashy piece of salon piano music, and a teenage soprano performing an aria from Mozart’sÊThe Marriage of FigaroÊas well…

  • Maui, HI / 131
    Friday, January 13, 2006  |  Castle Theater  |  Presented by Hawaii Public Radio

    From the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, Hawaii, this week’s show features outstanding musicians from 12 to 16 years old, including a young violinist from Honolulu performing from Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 in G Major and a piano duo from Chicago, both 12-years-old, performing Rachmaninoff for four hands. Also,…

  • Honolulu, Hi / 130
    Wednesday, January 11, 2006  |  Hawaii Theater  |  Presented by Hawaii Public Radio

    From beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii, this week’s show features outstanding musicians from 14 to 18 years old, including a teenage violinist from Honolulu playing Ysaye’s beautiful Reve d’enfant and a wonderful youth orchestra from the area playing Tchaikovsky. Also, Roving Reporter Hayley Goldbach joins us to help a young soprano from California come to terms with…

  • Chicago, IL / 129
    Tuesday, November 15, 2005  |  Harris Theater  |  Presented by WFMT Radio and Harris Theater

    From the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago, Illinois, this week’s show features the superb violinist and Chicago native Rachel Barton Pine in performances with the Chicago Children’s Choir, under the direction of Josephine Lee, and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Allen Tinkham. Performers and Repertoire: The Chicago Children’s Choir and…

  • Columbus, GA / 128
    Tuesday, October 25, 2005  |  RiverCenter for Performing Arts  |  Presented by Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University

    The RiverCenter for Performing Arts in Columbus, Georgia, is the stage for this week’s edition of From the Top. You’ll hear a string quartet from the Chicago area playing Shostakovich, a local teenage bassoonist playing Telemann, and an exceptionally young pianist from Minnesota playing Haydn. Performers and Repertoire: Clarinetist Conor Brown, 17, from Boulder, CO,…

  • Birmingham, AL / 127
    Saturday, October 22, 2005  |  Alys Stephens Center  |  Presented by Birmingham Music Club and Alys Stephens Center

    From the Top heads down south, this time to the Alys Stephens Center at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, where you’ll meet outstanding musicians from 10 to 17. You’ll hear a local teen performing two movements from the Cello Sonata by George Crumb and a 15-year-old from Austin, Texas performing from Ibert’s Concertino da…

  • Boston, MA / 126
    Sunday, October 2, 2005  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, we feature outstanding musicians from 11 to 18, including a teenage horn trio from Chicago playing Brahms and a very young cellist from here in Boston playing Saint-Saens. Also, 13-year-old Roving Reporter Caeli Smith will join us to interview two sisters about their very special…

  • Winona Lake, IN / 125
    Saturday, June 18, 2005  |  Rodeheaver Auditorium  |  Presented by Village at Winona, WBOI, and WBNI

    From the Top ventures to the heartland and the charming village in Winona, Indiana for a show that features outstanding musicians from 15 to 18 years old, including a young pianist from Maryland performing one of Alberto Ginastera’s Argentine Dances and a fun-loving sax and double bass duo performing their own transcriptions of several Two…

  • Boston, MA / 124
    Saturday, June 11, 2005  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    From the Top comes to you from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall this week and includes a duo of brothers performing an original composition, an 18-year-old flutist playing the Carmen “Fantaisie” and our first two Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists, who will each receive $10,000 to further their musical education. Performers and Repertoire: Cellist Rachel…

  • San Antonio, TX / 123
    Thursday, June 2, 2005  |  Majestic Theater  |  Presented by Tobin Endowment and San Antonio Symphony

    From the Top is in the Lone Star State as guests of the San Antonio Symphony. Among this week’s musicians, you’ll meet a pianist from Quebec who portrays “the cowboy with the strangest accent in all the west” in one of the show’s silliest skits ever, and in keeping with this week’s regional theme, you’ll…

  • Philadelphia, PA / 122
    Tuesday, May 24, 2005  |  Kimmel Center for Performing Arts  |  Presented by Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia Orchestra, Settlement Music School, WRTIFM, Temple University Preperatory School

    This week’s show comes to you from the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, a city overflowing with great young musicians. All of the performers featured study in the area, either at the Settlement Music School or at Temple University’s Music Preparatory Division. Among them, you’ll hear a teenage wind quintet performing the music…

  • New York, NY / 121
    Sunday, May 22, 2005  |  Kaye Playhouse  |  Presented by Young Audiences

    This show, presented by Young Audiences, features famed violinist Joshua Bell as our special guest. He performs the music of Ernest Chausson with a teenage string quartet, and you’ll learn what he has in common with a young violinist nicknamed “The Master of Mischief.” Also, you’ll hear a teenage trio’s stellar performance of Paul Schoenfield’s…

  • Norfolk, VA / 120
    Wednesday, April 27, 2005  |  Harris Opera House  |  Presented by Young Audiences of Virginia and Virginia Arts Festival

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk as guests of Young Audiences of Virginia and the Virginia Arts Festival. You’ll hear musicians from 11 to 18 years old, including a very young pianist performing Debussy and an outstanding teenage percussionist performing Mayuzumi. We’ll also tackle the stereotype…

  • Boston, MA / 119
    Wednesday, April 20, 2005  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    Broadcast from venerable Symphony Hall in Boston, this week’s show features teenage musicians, all students at Walnut Hill, the famous arts school just outside of Boston. You’ll hear the finale of the Beethoven Rasumovsky Quartet, the opening scene of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla played by an orchestra-sized gaggle…

  • Savannah, GA / 118
    Saturday, March 26, 2005  |  Lucas Theatre for the Arts  |  Presented by Savannah Music Festival

    This week, From the Top is in beautiful Savannah, Georgia as guests of the Savannah Music Festival. You’ll meet outstanding musicians from 13 to 18 and hear a variety of unusual and wonderful music, all from the twentieth century, including pieces by American composer John Corigliano, British composer Rebecca Clarke, and Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov.…

  • Louisviller, KY / 117
    Saturday, February 5, 2005  |  Comstock Concert Hall  |  Presented by WUOL 90.5 FM, Public Radio Partnership

    From the Top is in bluegrass country this week, broadcasting from Comstock Concert Hall at the University of Louisville. Musicians aged 10 through 18 are featured, including a superb teenage violinist from Washington who plays Sarasate. The Louisville Youth Orchestra takes the stage to perform Faure’s “Sicilienne”, and members of that orchestra will demonstrate a…

  • Abilene, TX / 116
    Tuesday, February 1, 2005  |  Paramount Theatre  |  Presented by KACU FM

    This week, from the historic Paramount Theatre in Abilene, Texas, a local 17-member string ensemble plays the music of Mark O’Connor, an outstanding 12-year-old violinist performs Saint-Saëns, and a pianist from Austin and a flutist from Florida both perform Prokofiev. Also, a round of our game Musical Jeopardy is played as a grudge match! Performers…

  • Southborough, MA / 115
    Sunday, April 10, 2005  |  Center for the Performing Arts  |  Presented by St. Marks School

    From the Top is in Southborough, Massachusetts this week, broadcasting from the Center for the Performing Arts at St. Mark’s School. Among highlights, you’ll hear the original music of a ten-year-old composer and an audio diary documenting what it’s like to attend the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. You’ll also hear the music of Shostakovich, Dvorak,…

  • West Palm Beach, FL / 114
    Sunday, January 16, 2005  |  Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts  |  Presented by Regional Arts Series

    From the Top comes to you this week from the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. You’ll meet a wide range of talented kids, including a 13-year-old violinist who is a published novelist and a 10-year-old “Broadway baby” who has her eye on the great villain roles. Also,…

  • Honolulu, HI / 113
    Wednesday, December 15, 2004  |  Presented by Hawaii Theater

    This week’s show comes to you from the historic Hawaii Theater in Honolulu, where you’ll meet outstanding young performers, all from the islands. You’ll hear a 13-year-old harpist play the Handel Harp Concerto, a teenage chamber ensemble perform the first movement of the Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1, and an 18-year-old pianist play Liszt’s La…

  • San Diego, CA / 112
    Sunday, December 12, 2004  |  Mandeville Auditorium  |  Presented by La Jolla Musical Society

    From the Top visits with the La Jolla Musical Society for a show on the sunny Pacific Coast, recorded at Mandeville Auditorium on the campus of the University of California, San Diego. You’ll meet several California-based performers including a guitarist from Woodland playing Fernando Sor’s “Variations on a Theme by Mozart” and a violist from…

  • Los Angeles, CA / 111
    Thursday, December 9, 2004  |  Thornton School of Music at USC  |  Presented by Thornton School of Music at USC

    This week, From the Top is at the Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California in sunny Los Angeles featuring outstanding musicians from ages 10 to 17. You’ll hear a teenage violinist from La Crescenta playing the opening movement of the Tchaikovsky Concerto and a very young pianist from La Jolla playing part…

  • Rockport, ME / 110
    Sunday, November 21, 2004  |  Presented by Bay Chamber Concert Series

    From the Top is in beautiful Rockport, Maine, this week, as guests of the renowned Bay Chamber Concerts Series. Among this week’s outstanding young performers, you’ll hear a violinist from here in Maine playing Sarasate and an East Coast teenage flute trio playing Weber. A clarinetist from Santa Barbara demonstrates his incredible circular breathing skill,…

  • Lancaster, PA / 109
    Sunday, November 14, 2004  |  Barshinger Center for Musical Arts  |  Presented by Sound Horizons Concert Series

    This week, we’re broadcasting from the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where you’ll hear outstanding 16 and 17 year old musicians, including a young, hometown baritone singing a beautiful song by Vaughan Williams and a teenage bassoonist playing a movement from a lively Weber concerto. Also, Roving…

  • Atlanta, GA / 108
    Friday, October 29, 2004  |  Schwartz Center  |  Presented by Emory University

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where you’ll hear a young violinist from Pennsylvania perform a movement of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto and the wonderful Atlanta Youth Choir sings selections from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Also, our Yankee-born Roving Reporter, Hayley Goldbach, will prove she can…

  • Tuscaloosa, Al / 107
    Sunday, October 24, 2004  |  Moody Concert Hall  |  Presented by University of Alabama School of Music and Moody Foundation

    The beautiful Moody Concert Hall at University of Alabama is the site for this week’s From the Top, where you’ll hear a young organist from California perform Bach’s Trio Sonata No. 1 and an outstanding mezzo-soprano sing a beautiful aria from “Orfeo ed Euridice” by Gluck. Also, you’ll meet a very young piano duo performing…

  • Boston, MA / 106
    Sunday, October 3, 2004  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    On this week’s show, you’ll hear outstanding musicians from 13 to 18 years old, including a fantastic trio from New York City playing the music of Astor Piazzolla and a fabulous violinist from Cape Cod, Massachusetts playing Bartok’s Rhapsody No. 1.You’ll also meet a colorful soprano who sings “The Prima Donna Song” and an exceptionally…

  • Dallas, TX / 105
    Saturday, August 28, 2004  |  Brookhaven College School of the Arts  |  Presented by Brookhaven College School of the Arts

    Texas beckons and From the Top comes a-calling! This week’s show comes to you from Brookhaven College in Dallas, where you’ll hear talented kids from 11 to 18, including the winner of the gold at the International Choir Olympics and the wonderful teenage percussion ensemble that won this year’s Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Also, on…

  • Albuquerque, NM / 104
    Sunday, June 27, 2004  |  Simms Center for the Performing Arts  |  Presented by Albuquerque Academy

    This week, From the Top is in New Mexico at the Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy. You’ll hear a teenage cellist performing from the Bach Cello Suites, a young oboist playing a dazzling montage of themes from an opera by Donizetti, and the world premiere of a piano trio written by…

  • Winchester, VA / 103
    Sunday, June 13, 2004  |  Armstrong Concert Hall  |  Presented by Shenandoah University

    From Armstrong Concert Hall at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, this week’s From the Top features outstanding musicians from 12 to 18, including a young guitarist from Stafford, Virginia performing a spicy piece of Spanish guitar music and a playful teenage chamber ensemble from the Washington, D. C. area playing Brahms. Also, a 12-year-old violinist/advice…

  • Boston, MA / 102
    Sunday, May 9, 2004  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins outstanding teenage musicians as our special guest. She performs the wonderful Scherzo from Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet with them, and, you’ll also hear a 17-year-old violist from Massachusetts play Bach and an 18-year-old from New Jersey play the Adagio from Samuel Barber’s Cello Sonata. Also, Roving Reporter Hayley…

  • Minneapolis, MN / 101
    Thursday, April 15, 2004  |  Convention MENC  |  Presented by MENC Conference, NAMM, American Music Conference, McGraw Hill

    This episode of From the Top comes to you from the biennial Convention MENC: The National Association of Music Education in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You’ll hear a young baritone from Texas singing Schubert and a teenage ensemble from Chicago playing the Andante Cantabile from Schumann ‘s Piano Quartet. Also, we’ll discuss that venerable American teenage institution,…

  • Chattanooga, TN / 100
    Tuesday, March 30, 2004  |  Chattanooga Theatre Center  |  Presented by WSMC 90.5 and Patton Performances

    From the Top is in Chattanooga, Tennessee this week, featuring talented teens aged 16–18. You’ll hear the beautiful Sicilienne from Faure’s “Pelléas et Mélisande” played for you by a young flutist from Jonesboro, and the Paganini Cantabile in D performed by a violinist from Knoxville. Also, a message from the president of the University of…

  • Louisville, KY / 99
    Saturday, March 27, 2004  |  Youth Performing Arts School  |  Presented by WUOL, Public Radio Partnership

    From the Top is in Bluegrass Country introducing audiences to some wonderful young performers from this music rich area. You’ll be treated to Symphony No.2 in D Major performed by The Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia and Richard Cioffari’s lively “Fagotten March” performed by the Northern Hills Bassoon Ensemble. Also, Roving Reporter Hayley Goldbach risks…

  • Boston, MA / 98
    Saturday, March 20, 2004  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    From New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, this week’s program features talented performers aged 13–18, including a flutist from Kentucky performing from George Enesco’s Cantabile et Presto and a chamber ensemble from the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division playing the first movement of Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio. Also, the youngest performer on today’s program introduces us to her…

  • Iowa City, IA / 97
    Saturday, February 14, 2004  |  University of Iowa  |  Presented by KSUI FM

    This week, From the Top is in America’s heartland at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. You’ll hear the works of three contemporary American composers — Paul Schoenfield, Dominic Argento, and Paul Creston — and you’ll hear a lot about American parents from today’s young performers. Also, sit back and enjoy as the From…

  • Scottsdale, AZ / 96
    Sunday, February 8, 2004  |  Scottsdale Center for the Arts  |  Presented by Scottsdale Center for the Arts & KBAQ

    From the Top heads to the Valley of the Sun with a show recorded at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts in Arizona. You’ll hear five phenomenal young musicians play works by Poulenc, Haydn, Villa-Lobos and Magin, as well as an original composition by the first honoree of our Young Composer Project. You’ll also learn…

  • Atlanta, GA / 95
    Thursday, January 29, 2004  |  Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts  |  Presented by Emory University Schwartz Center

    This week, From the Top heads to Atlanta, Georgia to record in the beautiful Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University. You’ll meet a quartet of sibling pairs who play Haydn, a teen violinist who plays Piazzolla, and a dynamic young percussionist who plays Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance.” Also, Roving Reporter Hayley Goldbach dares a…

  • Boston, MA / 94
    Sunday, January 18, 2004  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, From the Top comes to you from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, where you’ll be treated to the gorgeous sounds of the phenomenal Chicago Children’s Choir under the direction of Josephine Lee, and hear two movements of John Harbison’s piano quintet played by a talented teenage ensemble. Also on this week’s…

  • Cincinnati, OH / 93
      |  Music Hall  |  Presented by 90.9 WGUC

    Cincinnati’s famed Music Hall is the setting for this celebration of the lively music scene on the banks of the Ohio River. Performers aged 11 through 18 are featured, including a 15-year-old violinist playing Gershwin and a 17-year-old guitarist playing Bach. Cincinnati’s own Starling Chamber Orchestra performs Ludwig Maurer’s Symphonia Concertante with four young soloists,…

  • Troy, NY / 92
    Friday, November 7, 2003  |  Presented by Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

    This week, From the Top welcomes a special guest, composer Peter Schickele, recognized as one of the most versatile artists in the world of music and especially well-known for his comedy based on the music of P.D.Q. Bach. Several of today’s young musicians perform works by Schickele, and you’ll also hear the music of Strauss,…

  • Interlochen, MI / 91
    Wednesday, November 5, 2003  |  Presented by Interlochen Arts Academy

    This week, From the Top returns to Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. You’ll hear some of the school’s top student musicians, including a teenage ensemble performing a movement from Mozart’s Oboe Quartet and an 18-year-old saxophonist performing a piece by Eugene Bozza. You’ll also meet two talented clarinetists who have inspired a dubious new TV…

  • Lubbock, TX / 90
    Saturday, October 18, 2003  |  Allen Theater  |  Presented by KOHM FM 89.1

    From the Top comes to you from the plains of West Texas, on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. You’ll hear Villa-Lobos played by an outstanding 10-year-old guitarist and Handel sung by a talented tenor. You’ll also meet a sibling duo whose favorite activity is driving each other bonkers, and Roving Reporter Hayley…

  • Boston, MA / 89
    Sunday, October 5, 2003  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, From the Top welcomes the 2003 Junior Division winners of the Fischoff Competition, along with a 12 year-old pianist from California and a guitar player from Alabama. You’ll also hear the same Handel piece played by two very different instruments, and Christopher O’Riley will become a harpsichordist for a day! Performers and Repertoire:…

  • Pittsburgh, PA / 88
    Friday, August 15, 2003  |  Heinz Hall  |  Presented by Pittsburgh Symphony

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the famous Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, where the city’s great orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, accompanies teenagers in music by Debussy, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. The symphony will also perform a moving remembrance to the tragedy of 9/11, written by an extraordinary 11-year-old composer. Additionally, you’ll meet a…

  • Brevard, NC / 87
    Sunday, June 29, 2003  |  Presented by Brevard Music Center

    This week, From the Top broadcasts from the Brevard Music Center located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where 22-year-old violin virtuoso Sarah Chang joins young musicians aged 15–18. Among them, you’ll meet a trumpet player from Hawaii, a harpist from France, and a clarinetist who is known to friends as “The Jimi…

  • Boston, MA / 86
    Sunday, June 8, 2003  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, in a very special program celebrating our country’s many outstanding youth orchestras, New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra joins us in Jordan Hall. The 95-member orchestra, under the direction of legendary conductor Benjamin Zander, performs the music of Rossini, Bartók, Ravel, and Elgar. The sections of the orchestra are also pitted against each…

  • New Brunswick, NJ / 85
    Tuesday, May 13, 2003  |  Presented by State Theatre in New Brunswick

    From the Top welcomes the extraordinary soprano Dawn Upshaw, who performs with several of this week’s young performers. Among them, you’ll meet a 14-year-old flutist who plays a fantastic fantasy based on the melodies of the opera Carmen and a 14-year-old violinist who plays a piece by Wieniawski that’s meant to keep spiders away! Performers…

  • Rockport, ME / 84
    Saturday, April 12, 2003  |  Strom Auditorium  |  Presented by Bay Chamber Concert Series

    This week’s From the Top was comes to you from Strom Auditorium in Rockport, Maine, where you’ll hear outstanding musicians from 13 to 18 years old, including a young bassoonist “from just down the road a piece” in Kennebunk playing a movement from the Saint-Saëns Sonata,and a violist from that other Portland (the one in…

  • Norton, MA / 83
    Thursday, April 10, 2003  |  Weber Theatre  |  Presented by Wheaton College

    From the Top comes to you this week from Wheaton College’s Weber Theatre in Norton, Massachusetts, where you’ll hear an outstanding 11-year-old pianist play Copland’s playful “The Cat and the Mouse,” and you’ll meet a saxophone-playing teen who found a way to turn a tragedy into a triumph. Also, a trio member will test his…

  • Granville, OH / 82
    Sunday, March 30, 2003  |  Swasey Chapel  |  Presented by Denison University

    This week,ÊFrom the TopÊcomes to you fromÊDenison UniversityÕs Swasey Chapel in Granville, Ohio, where you’ll hear a teen soprano singing Samuel Barber’s humorous “A Green Lowland of Pianos” and an outstanding 18-year-old violinist performing Bazzini’s “Dance of the Goblins.”ÊYou’ll also meet a young man whose creative musical performance led to his winning a high school…

  • Montgomery, AL / 81
    Sunday, February 2, 2003  |  Davis Theatre  |  Presented by Montgomery Symphony

    From the Top enjoys some southern hospitality and presents some wonderful young musicians from throughout the Southeastern US, including Fretworks, a mandolin orchestra created at a public arts magnet middle school in Montgomery, and a teenage couple who make music together. Performers and Repertoire: Harpist Clarke Carriker, 16, from Asheboro, NC, performs Etude de Concert…

  • Bristol, TN / 80
    Friday, January 3, 2003  |  Presented by Paramount Center for the Performing Arts

    This week’s From the Top was recorded at the Paramount Center for the Performing Arts in Bristol, Tennessee and includes a young soprano from Georgia performing “Monica’s Waltz” from Menotti’s opera The Medium, and a teenage pianist from Pennsylvania performing Debussy’s Valse Romantique. Also, you’ll meet a 17-year-old guitarist who is on the cutting edge…

  • Oberlin, OH / 79
    Tuesday, January 28, 2003  |  Finney Chapel  |  Presented by Oberlin College

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Finney Chapel at Oberlin College in Ohio. Our special guest is the incredible conductor and singer Bobby McFerrin, who performs with many of the kids on this week’s program, including in our grand finale, the gorgeous Pavane by Gabrielle Faure. You’ll also hear a young soprano…

  • Boston, MA / 78
    Sunday, January 12, 2003  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    Recorded at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, today’s From the Top includes an extraordinary young violinist from Austin, Texas who’s turned pro and an outstanding pianist from Atlanta who performs Liszt. You’ll also meet an animated young soprano who has had several close brushes with show biz, and hear a wonderful solo bagpipe performance. Performers…

  • Boston, MA / 77
    Saturday, January 11, 2003  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, From the Top is at home at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston. We meet a duo of bassoonists who play Bozza and reunite another talented twosome who met at summer camp. We also meet a cellist with a passion for watching soap operas, and Roving Reporter Hayley Goldbach quizzes a 12-year-old…

  • St. Paul, MN / 76
    Sunday, November 10, 2002  |  Fitzgerald Theatre  |  Presented by Minnesota Public Radio and the Schubert Club

    This season’s holiday program, recorded at the famous Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, features young musicians from the upper midwest, including the 42 female members of the Bel Canto Voices, the Minnesota Youth Orchestra Brass Choir, and an extraordinary 12-year-old pianist playing Chopin. Also, the “From the Top Players” will present their touching new…

  • Interlochen, MI / 75
    Friday, November 8, 2002  |  Corson Auditorium  |  Presented by Interlochen Arts Academy

    This week’s From the Top, recorded in Corson Auditorium on the campus of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, features a soprano from Indiana performing the playful aria “Vedrai Carino” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and a guitarist from Queens, New York performing de la Maya’s lyrical piece, “Andaluza.” We’ll also learn how a very unusual…

  • Austin, TX / 74
    Saturday, October 19, 2002  |  Presented by Riverbend Center

    Recorded at the Riverbend Center in Austin, TX, this week’s From the Top features an outstanding young pianist from San Antonio playing Khachaturian, an exceptional violinist playing Sarasate, and four teenagers who like to play Shostakovich in the dark. Also, Roving Reporter Hayley Goldbach will tell us why it’s so important to contribute to the…

  • Waco, TX / 73
    Wednesday, October 16, 2002  |  Presented by Baylor University School of Music and KFWB FM

    Recorded deep in the heart of Texas on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, this week’s From the Top features outstanding young musicians, 12–17 years old, from all over the Lone Star State. Performers include a young soprano singing an aria from Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” and a very young pianist performing a movement from…

  • Boston, MA / 72
    Sunday, October 6, 2002  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week’s From the Top features outstanding musicians from 14 to 18 years old, including a young violist playing the powerful second movement of the Walton Concerto, and Ravel’s Piano Trio performed by a wonderfully dynamic teenage chamber ensemble. We also invite a young pianist to play a round of our newest musical game “Left…

  • Troy, NY / 71
    Friday, September 27, 2002  |  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall  |  

    From the Top ventures to New York’s Capital Region for a program recorded at the historic and acoustically rich Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. This week’s guests include the fabulous teenage Empire State Youth Percussion Ensemble and an extremely young string quartet from Chicago. We’ll also visit nearby Rhinebeck, New York, to find out what’s…

  • New York, NY / 70
    Wednesday, May 1, 2002  |  Lincoln Center  |  Presented by WMHT FM

    From the Top returns to Lincoln Center as guests of the New York Philharmonic. You’ll hear an artful performance of Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet featuring a teen from the New York City area, a performance of the much loved Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez featuring a 17-year-old guitarist, and an original piece written by a…

  • San Francisco, CA / 69
    Sunday, April 21, 2002  |  Davies Symphony Hall  |  Presented by San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

    This week, From the Top knocks ‘em dead at the world famous Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, California. We’ll present one of the most talented teenage trumpet players we’ve ever featured and learn about his very unusual pet. We’ll meet a member of a wonderful guitar-cello duo who dreams of one day being a…

  • Portland, OR / 68
    Wednesday, April 17, 2002  |  Presented by Chamber Music Northwest

    From the Top brings its signature mix of youth, classical music and humor to Portland, Oregon. This week, we’ll meet a dedicated 16-year-old violinist from California and hear the powerful story of her beloved violin’s history. We’ll hear Gershwin’s “Summertime” performed soulfully on the double bass by a 17-year-old from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.…

  • West Palm Beach, FL / 67
    Saturday, March 23, 2002  |  Kravis Center  |  Presented by Kravis Center

    From the Top comes to you this week from sunny West Palm Beach on Florida’s Gold Coast. We hear the performance of a wonderful teenage pianist and learn why he’s infamous among piano dealers in Massachusetts. Christopher O’Riley learnsRebecca Brown not to doubt the existence of elves, and we’re also treated to an excellent performance…

  • Bloomington, IN / 66
    Sunday, February 17, 2002  |  Presented by Indiana University School of Music

    This week, special guest and master cellist, Janos Starker, joins From the Top from the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. We meet an exuberant crew of eleven violinists who call themselves the “Violin Virtuosi,” play a round of our game “Maestro Makeover” with a brilliant 13-year-old pianist, and Janos Starker will perform a…

  • Fort Worth, TX / 65
    Sunday, February 10, 2002  |  Van Cliburn Recital Hall  |  

    Young classical musicians who are also jocks… that’s one of the themes of this week’s From the Top. We’ll hear tales of triumph from the soccer field as From the Top records in the acoustically marvelous Van Cliburn Recital Hall in Fort Worth Texas. Musical highlights include a gorgeous performance by a teenage guitarist from…

  • Dallas, TX / 64
    Saturday, February 9, 2002  |  Sammons Center  |  

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the Sammons Center in Dallas, Texas, where you’ll hear a wonderfully subtle performance of Saint-Saëns’ Sonata for Clarinet and Piano performed by a sensitive 16-year-old clarinetist. You’ll also meet an excellent local teenage wind ensemble and see whether we can enter a young pianist into The…

  • Boston, MA / 63
    Sunday, January 13, 2002  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week’s From the Top features an energetic string quartet of all ninth graders from Pennsylvania performing from Antonín Dvořák’s American Quartet. We’ll also meet an expressive 15-year-old pianist and hear her nuanced performance of Chopin, and we’ll find out whether it’s possible to teach a teenage opera buff how to “talk football.” Performers and…

  • Boston, MA / 62
    Saturday, January 12, 2002  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    From the Top welcomes a very special guest this week, the extraordinary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, for a program filled with Mr. Ma’s trademark humor, humility and artistry. He and host Christopher O’Riley premiere a piece written by a brilliant 15-year-old composer, Mr. Ma shares some wacky real-life lessons about touring and life as a cellist,…

  • Harrisburg, PA / 61
    Thursday, December 6, 2001  |  Whitakre Center  |  Presented by WITF FM

    On this week’s From the Top, taped at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, you’ll hear from a violinist whose impromptu performance in a shoe store earned her a discount on a new pair of shoes, and you’ll learn how another young musician wrapped herself up and gave herself as…

  • Corning, NY / 60
    Friday, November 30, 2001  |  Coming Museum of Glass  |  

    This week, From the Top comes to you from the stunning Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. You’ll meet a fabulous 15-year-old violinist who plays music by Sarasate based on Bizet’s Carmen, and you’ll hear the heart-stopping story of how a teenage cellist met the movie star of his dreams. Performers and Repertoire:…

  • Boston, MA / 59
    Saturday, November 10, 2001  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week on From the Top, you’ll meet a cello-playing duo who met at summer camp and live 2000 miles apart, a violinist from New Jersey who claims violinists have better pitch than pianists, a teenage soprano who, as a baby, summoned the cattle with her singing, and a piano-playing comedian who pens her own…

  • Boston, MA / 58
    Wednesday, November 7, 2001  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    Recorded at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, this edition of From the Top features talented young musicians from the Bay State, including a harp quintet, an extremely young cellist, and the Middlesex County 4-H Fife and Drum Corps. We’ll also visit the floor of an automobile parts factory to meet the father of a…

  • Evanston, IL / 57
    Saturday, October 27, 2001  |  Presented by Music Institute of Chicago, WFMT FM

    This edition of From the Top, recorded live at the Music Institute of Chicago, features the sensational Chicago Children’s Choir under the direction of Josephine Lee, a wonderful teenage brass quintet from the Chicago area, and a teenage cellist whose relentless appetite for munchies is legendary. Performers and Repertoire: Chicago Children’s ChoirThe Panoramic Brass Quintet…

  • Boston, MA / 56
    Sunday, October 7, 2001  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week on From the Top you’ll meet a quartet of violinists, one of whom seems to have a strange knack for crashing into things, and an 18-year-old oboist who just can’t seem to get her driver’s license. Also, Roving Reporter Hayley Goldbach travels to the home of a young harpist to hear her perform…

  • Boston, MA / 55
    Saturday, October 6, 2001  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week on From the Top, we meet two delightful Norwegian sisters who serenade us not only on their classical violins, but also on their Norwegian folk fiddles. We try to bottle the energy of a 16-year-old flutist, and we present our special feature “Kids Who’ve Grown Up Seeing Moose” which includes a fantastic line-up…

  • Boston, MA / 54
    Saturday, September 22, 2001  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    From the Top features a wide range of stories and music this week, including a 13-year-old harpist performing a moving piece by the great American film composer John Williams, and a talented violinist, who originally hails from Bulgaria. Also, we’ll meet a teenage baritone who became a licensed preacher at the tender age of 14.…

  • Highland Park, IL / 53
    Sunday, August 12, 2001  |  Presented by Ravinia Festival

    From the Top records an episode at this year’s Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, with a special appearance by renowned Argentinian pianist Pablo Ziegler. The line-up includes a brilliant teenage guitarist from Mississippi, and Mr. Ziegler collaborates with a 16-year-old cellist in a performance of a piece by the great Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.…

  • Brevard, NC / 52
    Saturday, July 28, 2001  |  Presented by Brevard Music Center

    This edition of From the Top, recorded at the 65th Annual Brevard Music Festival, spotlights some of the country’s rising young musical stars hailing from North Carolina, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, as well as a young musical student from China. A 15-year-old bassoonist shares some of the frustrations involved in learning to shave, and we hear…

  • Lenox, MA / 51
    Thursday, July 19, 2001  |  Presented by Tanglewood Music Center

    From the Top comes to you this week from the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home at Tanglewood, and features a rousing teenage wind ensemble performing two dances by Malcolm Arnold and twin siblings from California who play flute and double bass. Things get a little out of hand, however, when the local police show up…

  • Starkville, MI / 50
    Sunday, June 3, 2001  |  Mississippi State University  |  Presented by Mississippi Piano Showcase

    Recorded at the 2001 Mississippi Piano Showcase in Starkville, Mississippi, this week’s From the Top features a great line-up of kids from all across the country including a fantastic 15-year-old pianist from Atlanta who plays Chopin, and a 17-year-old clarinetist who performs Weber with virtuosic confidence. From the Top also connects a 15-year-old violinist to…

  • Boston, MA / 49
    Sunday, May 6, 2001  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week’s From the Top comes to you from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston. For the first time on our show, we feature a wind octet made up of talented kids from the Boston area performing the effervescent Divertimento by Jacob. We’ll also discover the transcendent power of a low D and the…

  • Boston, MA / 48
    Saturday, May 5, 2001  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    From the Top honors one of America’s most distinguished composers, conductors and music educators, Gunther Schuller, from the stage of New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Schuller’s arrangements for Ragtime Ensemble, originally composed for New England Conservatory students, will be revived by From the Top’s performers, including host Christopher O’Riley, who was the pianist in the…

  • Washington, DC / 47
    Tuesday, May 1, 2001  |  Coolidge Auditorium  |  Presented by Library of Congress

    Senator John Kerry joins From the Top at the Library of Congress to pay special tribute to a friend of the show, the late Boston Congressman Joseph Moakley, whose outstanding contributions throughout 32 years of service are celebrated with five exceptional performances by young musicians, including an award-winning 12-year old tin whistle player from the…

  • Boston, MA / 46
    Sunday, April 22, 2001  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    On this edition of From the Top, from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, you’ll meet a piano quintet that includes two Fischoff Competition winners. You’ll also meet a quartet of From the Top alumni that includes a commuting pianist who flies to Chicago from Virginia every month for rehearsals thanks to the generosity…

  • Boston, MA / 45
    Saturday, April 21, 2001  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    From the Top plays host to a very special guest this week, Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Harbison. You’ll hear the first movement of Harbison’s String Quartet No. 1 performed by a student ensemble, and you’ll also hear fabulous performances of Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Bach. Performers and Repertoire: Trio Allegro (pianist Steven Songtao Zhou, 16;…

  • New York, NY / 44
    Sunday, April 1, 2001  |  Alice Tully Hall  |  Presented by Lincoln Center

    The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center plays host to From the Top this week in an all ensemble program recorded at New York’s Lincoln Center. You’ll hear five wonderfully different chamber groups all from schools in the New York area, and From the Top works hard to convince a 14-year-old clarinetist that it would…

  • Washington, DC / 43
    Tuesday, March 27, 2001  |  Kennedy Center  |  Presented by Music Teaches National Association

    From the Top is joined by famed violinist Midori in an episode recorded at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. Midori, who began her extraordinary career when she was the same age as many of From the Top’s young performers, leaps right in and plays Haydn with two teenagers. You’ll also meet a 16-year-old oboist from Seattle…

  • Boston, MA / 42
    Saturday, March 17, 2001  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, From the Top is home at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston. We meet a cello trio comprised of students from the prestigious Walnut Hill School outside Boston, as well as a pianist from San Antonio, a violinist from St. Louis, and a soprano from California. Plus, we do everything we…

  • Austin, TX / 41
    Sunday, March 4, 2001  |  Bass Concert Hall  |  Presented by University of Texas, Austin

    This week, we’re deep in the heart of Texas on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. Host Christopher O’Riley may not wrestle longhorns, but he will play host to accomplished young musicians from the Southwest, including a hometown guitar ensemble and a fantastic teenage pianist. Also, a 17-year-old violist from Illinois performs…

  • Kerrville, TX / 40
    Friday, March 2, 2001  |  Presented by Kerrville Folk Festival

    We travel to Texas Hill Country this week, where we feature some of the Lone Star’s brightest young musicians, including a championship-winning bagpipe band from Houston, a 12-year-old pianist from Boerne, and an 11-year-old violinist from San Antonio. Performers and Repertoire: Violinist Amber Hruska, 11, from San Antonio, TX, performs Tempo de Minuetto by Fritz…

  • Boston, MA / 39
    Saturday, February 24, 2001  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, From the Top features a 12-year-old pianist’s award-winning poem set to music by an 18-year-old composer. We also meet an 18-year-old cellist from Canada whose favorite pastime is cow tipping, and Roving Reporter Hayley Goldbach attempts to tip a cow on the stage of Jordan Hall! Performers and Repertoire: Cellist Victoria Bass, 18,…

  • Boston, MA / 38
    Sunday, January 28, 2001  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week we come to you from our home base, the exquisite Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music. Among the musical highlights are a Mozart trio on piano, clarinet and viola, a 2000 MTNA Competition winner, and a set of piano playing siblings. Also, Roving Reporter Hayley Goldbach reveals the “dark side”…

  • Boston, MA / 37
    Saturday, January 27, 2001  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, we present several young musicians from the Atlanta area. Among them is the Echappé Quartet, four fine young string players from the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and a pianist who comes from a musical family. Performers and Repertoire: Trumpet player Rachel Serber, 17, of Plymouth, MN, performs Concert Etude by Alexander Goedicke Cellist…

  • Idyllwild, CA / 36
    Wednesday, December 13, 2000  |  Presented by Idyllwild Arts Academy

    This week we travel to the Idyllwild Arts Academy, site of one of the nation’s most prestigious pre-college musical training programs. We meet some of the school’s most talented soloists and their top string ensemble. Performers and repertoire: Oboist Alexander Zatalokin, 17, performs Oboe Concerto in C Minor, 3rd mvt. by Alessandro Marcello Idyllwild String…

  • Granville, OH / 35
    Sunday, December 10, 2000  |  Swasey Chapel  |  Presented by Denison University

    This week on From the Top, recorded at Swasey Chapel on the campus of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, we meet a young Laotian-American singer whose parents fled war-torn Southeast Asia for a new life in the U.S. and a rare teenage guitar player from the Northwest who isn’t a member of a grunge band.…

  • Charlotte, NC / 34
    Monday, December 4, 2000  |  North Carolina Center for the Performing Arts  |  Presented by North Carolina Center for the Performing Arts

    This week, From the Top comes to you from Charlotte, North Carolina, and welcomes special guest, New York Philharmonic principal oboist Joseph Robinson. You’ll hear a talented high school string quartet from the Atlanta area, which plays with “Oboe Joe” and sit in on a Master Class with a 17-year old oboist who visits Mr.…

  • Atlanta, GA / 33
    Saturday, December 2, 2000  |  Spivey Hall  |  Presented by Clayton College

    This week, From the Top comes to you from one of the South’s premier concert venues, Spivey Hall at Clayton College just outside Atlanta. Spivey Hall’s distinguished Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ, known as the “Rose Bowl of concert organs,” is put through its paces by a 16-year-old and we hear a performance by a remarkable…

  • Boston, MA / 32
    Monday, November 20, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    From the Top brings its youthful brand of holiday cheer this week with a show that features especially inspirational music. We’ll hear a youth chorus from the Boston area and meet a dynamic teenage horn quintet. Plus, you’ll meet the “tubist who taps” and be treated to a parody of a holiday classic. Performers and…

  • Boston, MA / 31
    Sunday, October 8, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    Sometimes on From the Top we meet a young performer who stuns us with her level of determination. That’s the case with Megan Cullen, a phenomenal teenage French horn player who has really had to swim upstream to continue playing music. Hear her story and delight in her musical skill this week, on a fantastic…

  • Boston, MA / 30
    Saturday, October 7, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week on From the Top we meet a 17-year-old soprano who lives to sing desperate tortured arias, our roving reporter Hayley Goldbach receives fashion first-aid from a teenage flutist, and it’s the violin vs. the viola in a special round of “Musical Jeopardy.” Performers and Repertoire: Violist Kristen Yoder, 17, of Knoxville, TN, performs…

  • Boston, MA / 29
    Sunday, September 17, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week’s From the Top covers the whole range of teenage triumph and foible. We meet a 17-year-old percussionist who dreams of a future in organ research and a 13-year-old violinist who bravely defies pop culture. There’s also a young bassoonist whose parents can’t do anything to get him to do the dishes, and a…

  • Boston, MA / 28
    Saturday, September 16, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, you’ll hear five outstanding musicians, including a 13-year old violinist from California playing Wieniawski and a 15-year-old pianist from Alaska playing Liszt. Also, Roving Reporter Hayley Goldbach will prove a point by visiting a high school marching band. Performers and Repertoire: Yumi ManTrumpeter Andre Dubelsten,…

  • Interlochen, MI / 27
    Tuesday, July 18, 2000  |  Presented by Interlochen Arts Academy

    This week the performers on From the Top play for groceries. That’s right, From the Top tapes from the internationally renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Program in Michigan, and anyone who’s ever been to camp knows that camp food can become a bit… difficult to swallow after a while. So From the Top…

  • Sarasota, FL / 26
    Sunday, June 25, 2000  |  Sarasota Opera House  |  Presented by National Youth Orchestra Festival

    This week, from the National Youth Orchestra Festival in Sarasota, Florida, you’ll hear a special episode of our show featuring five of the country’s best youth orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the American Youth Philharmonic from the Washington, DC area, and the Minnesota Youth Symphony. It’s going to be a real battle of…

  • Boston, MA / 25
    Thursday, June 15, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, from New England Conservatory in Boston, From the Top features a 13-year-old composer who plays with such zest and joy it’s infectious, a very young trio performing Beethoven, and renowned baritone Jubilant Sykes, who performs a special arrangement of Copland’s “I Bought Me a Cat” with several of this week’s young musicians. Performers…

  • Boston, MA / 24
    Sunday, June 11, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, we’ll hear five outstanding musicians, including a 17-year-old performing part of the Saint-Saëns Clarinet Sonata, a teenage ensemble performing a movement from the Shostakovich Piano Trio, and a 16-year-old pianist performing the Chopin Prelude, Op. 38, No.24. Performers and Repertoire: The Brass Conspiracy (trumpeters Matthew…

  • Boston, MA / 23
    Saturday, June 10, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week’s episode features a beautiful and diverse series of pieces including the Brahms Quintet for Piano and Strings performed by a group of teenagers whose members come from four different countries. We meet a brilliant 16-year-old oboist who claims that “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” helps her prepare reeds. We hear a brilliant piece for…

  • Lake Buena Vista, Fl / 22
    Thursday, May 25, 2000  |  Disney Institute Performance Center  |  Presented by Public Radio Conference

    Famed fiddler Mark O’Connor jams with From the Top’s great young musicians this week at the Disney Institute Performance Center in Florida. We hear several of Mr. O’Connor’s compositions, including Stings and Threads arranged for fiddle and horn and Appalachia Waltz arranged for fiddle and string quartet. We also feature a classical music version of…

  • St. Paul, MN / 21
    Sunday, May 21, 2000  |  Presented by Great American History Theatre

    This week, From the Top presents the best of Minnesota in a broadcast from the Great American History Theatre in Saint Paul. We meet a brilliant 12-year-old violinist who’s also a budding expert in nanotechnology. We hear an 18-year-old pianist tackle what is considered to be one of Ravel’s most difficult pieces for the piano:…

  • St. Paul, MN / 20
    Saturday, May 20, 2000  |  Great American History TheatreÊ  |  Presented by Great American History TheatreÊ

    This week, from the Great American History Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, we’ll hear outstanding young musicians from the Minnesota area. An 18-year-old soprano performs Handel, a young string quartet plays Haydn, and a 17-year-old harpist plays Hindemith. Also Roving Reporter Hayley Goldbach pays a visit to Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura! Performers and Repertoire: Bassoonist…

  • Boston, MA / 19
    Sunday, May 14, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, we meet a wonderful 17-year-old soprano whose love for Mozart is only surpassed by her love for her lipstick-red VW Beetle. We hear a beautifully lyrical performance of Wayne Barlow’s The Winter’s Passed by a sensitive 17-year-old oboist from Pennsylvania, and special guest, composer/pianist John…

  • Boston, MA / 18
    Saturday, May 13, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, from Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory in Boston, you’ll hear a 16-year-old pianist from New Jersey performing Debussy’s L’isle Joyeuse, a teenage string quartet from the Chicago area performing Prokofiev, and a 15-year-old saxophonist, originally from Russia, performing Paul Creston. Plus, you’ll meet a teenage flutist who is also a weightlifter, and…

  • New York, NY / 17
    Tuesday, April 11, 2000  |  Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall  |  Presented by Carnegie Hall

    This week, from Carnegie Hall in New York City, you’ll hear five outstanding musicians, including a 12-year-old violinist from New Jersey playing from the Paganini Sonata No. 12 in E minor, a teenage flute trio from the New York area playing the Martinu Madrigal Sonata, and an 18-year-old clarinetist, also from New York, playing a…

  • Boston, MA / 16
    Sunday, April 2, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, from New England Conservatory in Boston, you’ll hear a horn trio from Cleveland, Ohio performing the finale from Brahm’s Trio in E-flat, a 12-year-old pianist from California performing Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, and a 14-year-old violinist from Connecticut performing the first movement of Bartok’s Violin Sonata. Performers and Repertoire: Guitarist Garrett Dahm, 14, from…

  • Washington, DC / 15
    Monday, March 13, 2000  |  Terrace Theater  |  Presented by Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    From the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, this week’s show features a 15-year-old from Pennsylvania playing Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in C, a 12-year-old pianist from Washington, DC playing Schumann’s ABEGG Variations, and a 17 year old cellist from Missouri playing Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody. We’ll also play a…

  • Boston, MA / 14
    Saturday, March 18, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    Guest artist Menahem Pressler, founding member of the world-renowned Beaux Arts Trio, joins Christopher O’Riley and seven outstanding young performers on this week’s From the Top. Mr. Pressler leads our teenage trio in a brief master class and offers eloquent words of wisdom on the joys of art and collaboration. A high school senior treats…

  • Boston, MA / 13
    Saturday, March 4, 2000  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, from Symphony Hall in Boston, you’ll hear a 17-year-old from Baltimore playing a movement of Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata and a 16-year-old from Utah playing Mily Balakirev’s Islamey. You’ll also meet two members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a stage crew member with a secret life, and Pepino Natali, “Driver to the Symphony…

  • Spokane, WA / 12
    Saturday, January 29, 2000  |  Presented by Metropolitan Arts Center

    From the Top travels to Spokane, Washington’s Metropolitan Performing Arts Center to bring together some of the greatest young talent from the Pacific Northwest. We hear a performance of Haydn’s Concerto in C Major performed by an astonishing 14-year-old cellist from rural Oregon and meet a 16-year-old violinist who can’t wait for his parents to…

  • Cambridge, MA / 11
    Saturday, January 15, 2000  |  Sanders Theater  |  Presented by Harvard University

    From Sanders Theater at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this week’s show features five outstanding musicians, including a 12-year-old pianist from Maryland playing Chopin, a 13-year-old violinist from California playing Schubert, and a 17-year-old from Houston singing Aaron Copland. Performers and repertoire: Cellist Sebastian Baverstam, 10, from Waban, MA, performs Concerto for Cello, 1st mvt.…

  • Lincoln, NE / 10
    Saturday, December 18, 1999  |  Pickman Hall  |  Presented by Longy School of Music

    From Kimball Hall at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, this week’s show features five outstanding musicians, including a 15-year-old double-bassist from Lincoln performing Saint-Saëns, a 12-year old pianist from St. Louis performing Grieg, and a 10-year-old from Utah performing a tango by Carlos Salzedo. Performers and repertoire: The Colburn Trio (violinist Timothy Braun, 14;…

  • Cambridge, MA / 9
    Sunday, November 21, 1999  |  Pickman Hall  |  Presented by Longy School of Music

    From Longy School of Music’s Edward Pickman Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we meet an astonishingly talented group of young performer including a precocious 13-year-old who trained for the flute by dragging gallons of milk around the supermarket. We also hear a dizzying and flawless performance of Liszt’s La Campanella by an ambitious 17-year-old from Dallas,…

  • Cambridge, MA / 8
    Saturday, November 20, 1999  |  Pickman Hall  |  Presented by Longy School of Music

    From the Longy School of Music’s Pickman Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we hear an expressive piece written for and performed by an exceptional young Bulgarian violinist. We meet a dedicated 17-year-old who has her sights set on becoming the first major African American cello soloist, and a trio of guitarists whose personality differences manifest in…

  • Pittsburgh, PA / 7
    Sunday, October 31, 1999  |  Carnegie Music Hall  |  Presented by Carnegie Mellon University

    From Carnegie Mellon University’s Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this week’s show features five outstanding musicians, including a 15-year-old from West Virginia performing the first movement of Hayden’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat, a 16-year-old flutist from Ohio performing Carl Doppler’s Mazurka de Salon, and a ten-year-old violinist from Baltimore playing Wieniawski’s Scherzo-Tarantella. Plus, two of…

  • Pittsburgh, PA / 6
    Saturday, October 30, 1999  |  Carnegie Music Hall  |  Presented by Carnegie Mellon University

    This week’s show comes to you from Carnegie Mellon University’s Mellon Institute in Christopher O’Riley’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You’ll hear a spirited performance of Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet & Piano played by a sophisticated 17-year-old clarinetist and a gorgeous performance of Cassado’s Requiebros played by a 14-year-old cellist. Plus, Chris discusses music with children’s…

  • Cambridge, MA / 5
    Sunday, October 17, 1999  |  Sanders Theater  |  Presented by Harvard University

    From Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, this week’s show features five outstanding performers, including a 12-year-old pianist from New Jersey performing Schumann’s Papillon, a trio from the Walnut Hill School in Massachusetts performing the first movement of Beethoven’s “Ghost Trio”, and a 16-year-old cellist from Wisconsin with an arrangement of two moving Negro Spirituals. Performers…

  • Memphis, TN / 4
    Thursday, September 23, 1999  |  Presented by Peabody Hotel

    Folk legend Judy Collins joins Christopher O’Riley and seven brilliant young musicians on an especially emotional From the Top recorded at the Public Radio program Director’s Conference in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. You’ll hear a powerful young piano trio from Chicago play the challenging third movement of Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio. Judy Collins…

  • Boston, MA / 3
    Sunday, December 19, 1999  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week violin virtuoso Joshua Bell and renowned bassist/composer Edgar Meyer take the stage with Christopher O’Riley and five outstanding young musicians. You’ll meet an 11-year-old harpist from New Hampshire, a 14-year-old marimba player from South Dakota and a teenage violinist who is a member of the U.S. Junior Olympic team. Plus, Joshua Bell and…

  • Interlochen, MI / 2
    Monday, August 2, 1999  |  Presented by Interlochen Arts Academy

    This week, Christopher O’Riley joins some of the best young musicians from the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the jewel of Midwestern summer music programs. You’ll meet a 16-year-old violist who finds that donning a ballroom gown helps relieve rehearsal frustration and you’ll hear a particularly vibrant flutist play Eldin Burton’s Sonatina for Flute and…

  • Lenox, MA / 1
    Monday, July 19, 1999  |  Presented by Tanglewood Music Center

    From the Top journeys to Tanglewood, the world famous music festival in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, to meet and perform with students from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. You’ll meet a teenager who listens to Kathleen Battle on her Walkman and hear a sensitive piano performance of Ravel’s Jeux d’eau played by the 16-year-old…

  • Boston, MA / Pilot
    Saturday, October 31, 1998  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top

    From New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, fiddler extraordinaire Mark O’Connor joins host Christopher O’Riley and five fantastic young musicians in our pilot episode of From the Top. Among the highlights, you’ll hear a beautiful piece of Japanese folk music played on marimba, a four-hand piano piece performed by Christopher O’Riley and a 16-year-old…

  • Highlight Show 22
    Sunday, August 4, 2013  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week is From the Top’s annual highlights show featuring some of the best performances we’ve featured over the past couple of seasons. You’ll meet one of the most imaginative young composers in the country, hear an unforgettable performance by a public school choir from Oklahoma, and hear a talented teenage pianist play Prokofiev. Plus,…

  • Highlight Show 21
    Monday, May 27, 2013  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, host Christopher O’Riley catches up with some of From the Top’s most illustrious alumni in our annual “Where Are They Now Show.” You’ll enjoy the extraordinary music these young pros are making in their early careers and hear their stories of triumph and struggle as they work to define their own creative space…

  • Highlight Show 20
    Friday, August 10, 2012  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    In this week’s special highlights episode, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano, violin virtuoso Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, cello master Janos Starker, and the great soprano Dawn Upshaw all share the stage with lucky young musicians. Performers and repertoire: Violinist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Kyung-Jun Kim, 18, from Rutherford, NJ, performs Violin Sonata, 4th mvt. by…

  • Highlight Show 19
    Friday, December 16, 2011  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    Gunther Schuller, the great American composer, conductor, author, music educator, jazz innovator, and french horn player is the special guest artist on From the Top this week. You’ll hear some of his favorite From the Top moments, he’ll share stories of his multiple lives in music, and host Christopher O’Riley presents a world premiere of…

  • Highlight Show 18
    Wednesday, August 24, 2011  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    This talent packed annual highlights show features some of the best music and interviews from our past couple of seasons, including one of the most imaginative and musical double bassists we’ve ever encountered, an 11-year-old violinist who’s personality is just irresistible, and a very special appearance by the Mother of the Year. Performers and repertoire:…

  • Highlight Show 17
    Monday, November 1, 2010  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, it’s our Alumni Musical Maverick show featuring performers who have appeared on our program over the past ten years, and who have gone on to do adventuresome things in music. You’ll hear from a violist who hosts her own exciting radio show in New York, an award winning composer, a concert pianist and…

  • Highlight Show 16
    Monday, May 17, 2010  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week’s highlights show centers around “The Big Story,” featuring not only superb musical performances by young people, but stories from each of these kids that are unusually compelling. You’ll hear about a French horn player who has overcome the tragedy of teenage gang warfare to thrive in classical music, a 14-year-old pianist with an…

  • Recorded in Studio / Highlight Show 15
    Friday, May 29, 2009  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week it’s our annual Highlights show featuring some of the best music and stories from our archives including a fiery piano performance of the music of Alberto Ginastera and a young violist humorously listing the Top 10 “Worst Things You Can Say After A Performance.” Performers and repertoire: Charles Yang, 18, violin from Austin…

  • Highlight Show 14
    Monday, October 13, 2008  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week’s Uncommon Combos Highlights Show features teenage chamber music groups that are extraordinary not only for their musicianship, but also for their unusual instrumentation or repertoire. A trio of percussionists who share one marimba, a bassoon sextet, and a flute choir are among the uncommon combos in this celebration of the world of great…

  • Highlight Show 13
    Monday, June 2, 2008  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    On From the Top’s fifth annual “Where Are They Now Show,” we focus on kids who have successfully broken into the professional music world. This highlights program combines some of the best music we’ve had on the program with follow-up interviews where we learn about the burgeoning professional careers of some of our hottest alumni.…

  • Highlight Show 12
    Monday, October 15, 2007  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    On this week’s show, we take a trip down memory lane as we bring you our Annual Highlights Show. This program features some of the best music and stories from our archives including the performance of a fine pianist who, at the age of 13, has already started medical school. Also, one of the finest…

  • Highlight Show 11
    Monday, January 22, 2007  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week we’re broadcasting our “All Pipsqueak” Highlights Show! We’ve gathered together some of the tiniest tykes who’ve performed on the program over the years to give you a concentrated dose of From the Top youth. You’ll meet a 12-year-old from California who tosses off one of Wieniawsky’s show pieces for the violin, hear an…

  • Highlight Show 10
    Monday, May 15, 2006  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    From the Top goes into the archives to revisit some great performers and great performances. Audiences will reconnect with a cellist who was first turned on to contemporary music by playing a new work on From the Top, and is now a member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble; a young trumpet player and composer…

  • Highlight Show 9
    Monday, October 10, 2005  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    From the Top’s “What The Heck Was That Piece” Highlights Show celebrates the adventuresome spirit of the young people on our show by featuring the kids who brought us extraordinary performances of out-of-the-way music. A young pianist introduces us to the quizzical piano music of Polish Composer, Milos Magin, we’ll hear a fabulous and raucous…

  • Highlight Show 8
    Monday, May 2, 2005  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    In this special edition of From the Top, host Christopher O’Riley catches up with some of the show’s favorite musicians to see what they’re doing these days. Performers and Repertoire: Violinist Nicole Ali, 17, performs Spanish Dance by Fabian Rehfeld Guitarist Rebecca Brown, 12, performs the traditional “Packington’s Pound” and Allegro by Mauro Giuliani Clarinetist…

  • Highlight Show 7
    Monday, October 11, 2004  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    From the Top’s special highlights episode gathers some of the favorite guest artist moments from the past couple of seasons. Audiences will be transported to the Kennedy Center where star violinist Midori joined three of the young performers to play Haydn’s Gypso Rondo from the Piano Trio in G Major. Edgar Meyer, the man who…

  • Highlight Show 6
    Monday, October 13, 2003  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    From the Top combs the archives for a special highlights edition that features outstanding teenage pianists from past episodes. You’ll hear a set of preludes by American composer Robert Muzcinski performed by a fabulous 13-year-old, and we’ll give one of the talented young pianists on today’s program a chance to live out a future career…

  • Highlight Show 5
    Monday, February 2, 2004  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    In this special edition of From the Top, Christopher O’Riley catches up with some of the show’s most memorable young musicians to see what they’re doing these days. You will also get to experience again some wonderful musical performances, including those by a teenage tenor who learned to “talk football” when he was on From…

  • Highlight Show 4
    Monday, November 4, 2002  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week’s “All Siblings” highlights episode, hosted by Christopher O’Riley and Roving Reporter Hayley Goldbach, features some of From the Top’s best brother and sister teams, including the Garcia sisters from New Hampshire performing on harp and flute and pianists Rexton and Ariana Park, who teach us how a piano can eliminate family bickering. Also,…

  • Highlight Show 3
    Monday, October 21, 2002  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    This week, we present our first ever “all composers” highlights show. This special edition of From the Top features some of the best original music heard on the program, written and performed by kids, including a gorgeous suite of pieces for winds and cello by a teenager who was inspired by a Seattle rainstorm and…

  • Highlight Show 2
    Monday, October 7, 2002  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    From the Top catches up with some of our most memorable alumni to learn what they’re up to today and to revisit their extraordinary musical performances. You’ll become reacquainted with a talented young woman who aspires to be the first African American solo cellist, a bassoonist who set off our “over-achiever alarm” with his amazing…

  • Recorded in Studio / Highlight Show 1
    Monday, September 23, 2002  |  Recorded in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    From the Top went into the archives to bring together a special All Game Show Edition of the program. This show features not only some of the strongest music performances heard on the From the Top, but also many of the most popular musical games played on the show. Performers and Repertoire: NEC Preparatory Division…

  • Highlight Show 23
    Monday, October 20, 2014  |  Recording in Studio  |  Presented by From the Top

    Featuring nearly twice as much music as From the Top’s regular episodes, this “Mostly Music” highlights program celebrates some of the best performances by young people From the Top has presented over the past couple of seasons. We meet a wonderfully quirky 14-year-old cellist, enjoy Mozart performed by a teenager from New York State, and…