NPR’s From the Top: Boston, MA / Show 383

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM  |  New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall  |  Presented by From the Top

Ticket Info

In celebration of our 20th birthday, you can choose any seat in the house for just $20 – even the front row! Students of all ages can access FREE student tickets in all sections.



Experience an inspiring behind the scenes look at how an NPR show gets recorded featuring heartfelt stories and amazing performances by some of America’s most extraordinary classically trained young musicians!

Recommended for kids ages 7 – 107


  • Guest Host: Paquito D'Rivera
    Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of fourteen GRAMMY Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer.
  • Co-Host: Peter Dugan
    Peter has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad. A sought-after crossover artist, Peter has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close.

Performers & Repertoire

  • 19-year-old bass clarinetist Noah Stone from Westwood, Massachusetts
    Cookbook: IV. La ultima noche en la casa del Flamenco By Kenji Bunch
  • La Fleur de Cayenne By Paquito D’Rivera (b.1948) arranged by João Luiz with Paquito D’Rivera, clarinet
  • 13-year-old harpist Olivia Lee from Boston, Massachusetts
    The Minstrel’s Adieu to His Native Land by John Thomas
  • Povero cor, tu palpiti from 24 Canzoncine by Isabella Angela Colbran (1785-1845)
  • 14-year-old pianist Benjamin Shaar from Newton, Massachusetts
    Sonata No. 10 in G Major Op. 14, No. 2: I. Allegro by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Noah Stone, clarinet, Paquito D’Rivera, clarinet, and Peter Dugan, piano
    Vals Venezolano by Paquito D’Rivera

Release Date

  • Monday, March 30, 2020

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Support Provided By

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Performances of D’Rivera’s La Fleur de Cayenne and Vals Venezolano and Bunch’s Cookbook are part of From the Top’s New Music Series with support from the Amphion Foundation and Aaron Copland Fund for Music