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  • From the Top Show 273 was taped at the historic Plaza Theater in El Paso, Texas in June 2013. Learn what the performers have to say about their musical performances and the experience of being on From the Top. Lucy Sotak, 11, harp Impromptu, Op.35, No.9 by Reinhold Glière This piece was written by the […]

  • From the Top host Christopher O’Riley has released a new recording, O’Riley’s Liszt which delves into the transcriptions of the master interpreter. The  2-CD set and HD audio/video Blu-ray features Christopher’s own touches on the works of Mozart, Wagner, Berlioz, Schubert, and Schumann. Christopher is also making live appearances in conjunction with the May 7 release, …

  • From the Top’s broadcast for Show 270 was taped at the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music in Athens, GA on Sunday March 3, 2013. We asked our performers to tell us more about their experience on the show… Maria Ioudenitch, 17, violin Scherzo-Tarantelle, Op.16 By: Henryk Wieniawski The Scherzo-Tarantella merges precision, tenderness, and passio […]

  • From the Top’s broadcast for Show 269 was taped at the McCoy Center for the Arts in Mesa, AZ on Tuesday February 19, 2013. We asked our performers to tell us more about their experience on the show… Austen Yueh, 16, clarinet IV. Molto Allegro from Sonata in E-flat for Clarinet and Piano, Op.167 By: […]

  • From the Top’s broadcast for Show 268 featuring was taped with UApresents at Centennial Hall in Tucson, AZ on Sunday February 17, 2013. We asked our performers to tell us more about their experience on the show… Elli Choi, 11, violin I. Allegro vivo from Sonata in G minor for Violin and Piano  By: Claude Debussy […]

  • Chelsea Kim, 17, violin Romance in F minor, Op.11 – by Antonín Dvořák This is one of the most beautiful pieces that I’ve played. Mr. Weilerstein (my teacher) teaches me to think of a color when playing a specific scale/passage, and this piece shows me gradients and mixtures of colors that I could not even think […]

  • From the Top loves reaching out to the communities we visit on our tour! While we were in Dallas in January, we brought three young musicians to visit a group of teens at the Pleasant Grove Branch Library. Our soloists were Russell Houston (age 18, cello), Aakash Patel (age 19, violin), and Chase Dobson (age […]

  • UPDATE AS OF 2.9.13 at 7:20 PM: As you know winter storm Nemo has caused us to cancel From the Top’s Saturday, February 9 live taping event at NEC’s Jordan Hall. Unfortunately, we are unable to reschedule. We are pleased to offer ticket buyers several options for purchased tickets: Exchange. We would be happy to […]

  • Since playing for rescue workers at Ground Zero following the September 11th attacks, From the Top alum William Harvey has made it his life’s mission to bridge cultures and promote peace through music. As one of the first young musicians to ever appear on From the Top back in 1999, we reconnected with William during […]

  • From the Top has inspired the writers on America’s Favorite Quiz Show®, JEOPARDY! On Monday, February 4, JEOPARDY! contestants in the teen tournament were put to the test on their knowledge of all things classical music, under the category entitled “From the Top.”  Our logo was even on the game board!

  • After our taping at the Sarasota Opera House this past December, we brought performers Jennifer Kim (guitar), Kaitlyn Resler (horn), and From the Top alum Abe Feder (cello) to meet a dynamic group of students involved in the Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) program at Booker High School. The presentation featured our performers playing some […]

  • From the Top’s broadcast for Show 264 was taped at the Sarasota Opera House in Sarasota, Florida on Tuesday December 11, 2012. We asked our performers to tell us more about their experience on the show… Nadia Azzi, 14, piano  I. So rasch wie möglich from Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22 By: Robert Schumann My favorite part […]

  • Congratulations to the From the Top alumni honored as some of the top young artists in the country by the YoungArts program. Each year, YoungArts selects 150 seniors in high school who have demonstrated achievement  in the visual, performing, and literary arts to come together for an exciting week of master classes, performances, and seminars. […]

  • From the Top’s broadcast for Show 262 was taped at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA on Sunday October 21, 2012. We asked our performers to tell us more about their experience on the show… Quartet Stracciatella IV. Allegro from String Quartet No.2 “Intimate Letters,” By: Leoš Janáček Erika Gray, 16, violin As a group, we have […]

  • From the Top’s Show 261 was taped at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts on Sunday, October 14, 2012. We asked our performers to share their thoughts on the music they performed for the show: Sebastian Stoger, 13, cello “Pezzo Capriccioso” By: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky When I play this piece of music, I […]

  • I think it is very important for musicians these days to be flexible and able to do many types of jobs in the music world aside from playing an instrument.  Cellist Nikita Annenkov (Show 238) had a really unique experience this past summer at the Chamber Music Connection’s (CMC) Summer Music Festival – he was […]

  • Music is amazing when you are working on it, but it is so much more rewarding when you know that there are people who can simply appreciate all the longs hours you put into practicing. Flutist Karen Baumgartner (Show 250), A From the Top Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, believes that “music has the power […]

  • From the Top’s broadcast for Show 257 was taped at the Chautauqua Amphitheater of the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York on Friday July 20, 2012. We asked our performers to tell us about the music they performed on the show: Laura Park, 18, violin Waltz-Scherzo, Op.34 By: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky I think that the […]

  • [Music] is such an underrated resource, yet people use music every day. We have it in our cars, on our phones, in the grocery store – it is everywhere we go and it is used to alter or encourage our own moods. My hope is that people will be able to recognize music not only […]

  • From the Top alumni are speaking out about the state of orchestras today, emphasizing the value that these cultural institutions offer to their communities. For Jingxuan Zhang it is a personal issue affecting his hometown of Indianapolis, while Stanford Thomson takes a look at American orchestras and provides some thought-provoking solutions to some of the […]