Category: Radio/podcast

  • July 9, 2015: Tonight we recorded Episode 309 of NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley at the Vilar Center at the wonderful Bravo! Vail Music Festival. You can hear this show on stations nationwide during the week of October 5, 2015. One of our featured young musicians, 17-year-old violinist Mira Yamamoto, is also a […]

  • Oh Chautauqua, how I miss you already! I’m home in Boston now, but just days ago I was at the Chautauqua Institution in Southwestern New York, where we recorded an episode of our radio show. If you haven’t heard of Chautauqua, let me paint a quick picture for you: imagine a huge, private summer resort completely […]

  • We have heavy and grateful hearts here at From the Top today as we remember Gunther Schuller, who passed away over the weekend. Mr. Schuller appeared twice on From the Top; the first early in our history (Show 48) and then in 2011 on a very special “highlight show”, during which he and Christopher O’Riley discussed some of his favorite pieces from […]

  • This is a special look into Show 305. To listen, click here. When 14-year-old Matthew Hakkarainen pulled the bow across the strings of his violin and the last note of the Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro rang out through Gusman Concert Hall at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, the audience erupted in applause. […]

  • NEW SHOW: From Denver, Colorado, this week’s episode features a special guest appearance by one of America’s finest living film composers, Danny Elfman. Our young musicians perform arrangements of his music from the soundtracks of Milk and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Mr. Elfman also shares stories from his own colorful teenage years, and a phenomenal […]

  • NEW SHOW: From Wellesley, Massachusetts, this week’s From the Top pays tribute to Jewish composers and Jewish music. A precocious 12-year-old violinist performs the music of George Gershwin, a young tenor performs his own composition inspired by the great twentieth century Jewish poet Hannah Senesh, and the show’s finale features the great sound of Klezmer […]

  • REPEAT SHOW: 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 […]

  • NEW SHOW: Show 300, recorded in February 2015. From our home in Boston, our 300th episode features an 11-year-old who is not only a precocious violinist, but happens to be a budding meteorologist — his long-term forecasts on YouTube are impressively accurate. A young cellist performs the gorgeous Andante movement from Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G minor, […]

  • NEW SHOW: Show 299, recorded in December 2014. Enjoy an inspiring evening of exceptional music by some of our nation’s finest young classical musicians at Peak Performances at Montclair State University. Featuring the Shanghai Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music. LISTEN NOW Shows are released on a weekly basis; please check your […]

  • REPEAT BROADCAST: Show 290, recorded in May 2014. 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 […]

  • REPEAT BROADCAST: Show 289, recorded in April 2014. 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 […]

  • REPEAT BROADCAST: Show 288, recorded in Tacoma, Washington in April 2014. 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, […]

  • From the Top’s broadcast for Show 241 was taped in East Building Auditorium at the national Gallery of Art, Washington, DC on Sunday, October 16, 2011. We asked our performers to tell us about the music they performed on the show: Jehshua Karunakaran, violin, age 17 Danse Espagnole from “La Vide Breve” By: Manuel de Falla […]

  • We’ve got a treat for you! Last week’s Show 230, which was taped April 7 in Monterey, California as part of the e.g. Conference, was captured on video in its entirety.  This means each performance is on YouTube for you to watch! If you’re pressed for time, at least check out this clip of Jake […]