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From the Top

Thursdays, 11am & Sundays, noon

Program Website: http://www.fromthetop.org/

From the Top LogoFrom the Top is a performance showcase for America’s best young classical musicians, from ages 9-18, celebrating their commitment to music and the arts. Acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley proves that he is “young at heart” as an egalitarian host. The program provides a platform for young artists to present themselves, share their passion, and develop into cultural leaders.

Read an article from Current magazine concerning From The Top's move into television as well as radio.

February 26 (repeated Mar 1)
Wingate, North Carolina
Recorded: November 23, 2013

From North Carolina, this week's show features the return appearance of a From the Top alumnus 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 story about the wilderness of New England and how it has moved his heart and shaped his music.

Performers and repertoire:

16-year-old flutist Olivia Staton from Vienna, Virginia, performing "Chant de Linos" by André Jolivet (1905–1974), accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.

13-year-old violinist Qing Yu Chen from Bayside, New York, performing Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28, by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921), accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.

17-year-old pianist Clara Gerdes from Davidson, North Carolina, and 17-year-old pianist Hannah Wang from Charlotte, North Carolina, performing III. Ruhig bewegt – Sehr lebhaft from Sonata for Piano, Four Hands, by Paul Hindemith (1895–1963).

18-year-old bassoonist Isaac Schultz from Exeter, New Hampshire, performing II. Allegro from the Sonata in F minor by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.

Alumni feature: pianist Sean Chen from Oak Park, California, performing Etude No. 13, "L'escalier du diable" (The Devil's Staircase) by György Ligeti (1923–2006).

Christopher O'Riley and Sean Chen, piano four-hands, performing "The Sacrificial Dance" from "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), arranged by Stravinsky.

March 5 (repeated Mar 8)
Sidney, Maine
Recorded: June 20, 2014

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 harpist who shares some wonderful stories about growing up studying music on rugged and rural Mount Desert Island, Maine.

Performers and repertoire:

18-year-old violist Erika Gray from Wilmette, Illinois, performs “La campanella” by Niccolò Paganini, arranged by William Primrose, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

17-year-old oboist Ryan Roberts from Santa Monica, California, performs the first movement, Élégie, from Sonata for Oboe and Piano by Francis Poulenc, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

14-year-old violinist Ilana Zaks from Needham, Massachusetts, performs Souvenirs d’Amérique, Variations on “Yankee Doodle,” Op. 17, by Henri Vieuxtemps, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

17-year-old harpist Phoebe Durand McDonnell (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Bar Harbor, Maine, performs the first movement, Mässig schnell, from Sonata for Harp by Paul Hindemith.

17-year-old pianist Christopher Staknys from Falmouth, Maine, performs Étude-Tableau No. 1 in C minor, Op. 39, by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

14-year-old violinist Ilana Zaks from Needham, Massachusetts, performs the third movement, Allegro vivace, from Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30, No. 3, by Ludwig van Beethoven, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

March 12 (repeated Mar 15)
San Francisco, California
Recorded: February 14, 2015

This week, From the Top is broadcasting from the San Francicso Conservatory of Music. You’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire to be announced.

March 19 (repeated Mar 22)
Stanford, California
Recorded: November 10, 2013

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 himself destroying his own piano by practicing too much.

Performers and repertoire:

Stanford Alumni Piano Trio
performs III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace from Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49, by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847).

    18-year-old violinist Youjin Lee from Los Angeles, California
    26-year-old cellist Anna Wittstruck from Asheville, North Carolina
    18-year-old pianist Hugo Kitano from San Francisco, California

18-year-old pianist David Yu from Diamond Bar, California, performs I. So rasch wie möglich from Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, by Robert Schumann (1810-1856).

San Francisco Girls Chorus,
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor, performs "Slav'sya" (Be Glorious) from Six Choruses, Op. 15, by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), accompanied by Susan Soehner; and "The Pirate of Penance" by Joni Mitchell, arranged and accompanied by Christopher O'Riley.

12-year-old guitarist Chase Onodera from Sacramento, California, performs Prelude No. 1 in E minor, Andantino espressivo, by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959).

18-year-old violinist Youjin Lee from Los Angeles, California, performs Solo Sonata in E major, Op. 27, No. 6 by Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931).

Christopher O'Riley
, piano, and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Jindong Cai, conductor, performs III. Presto from Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937).

March 26 (repeated Mar 29)
Salem, Massachusetts
Recorded: June 29, 2014

This week’s program was recorded at The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and given the show’s art museum venue, each young performer discusses a connection between the music they’re performing and a work of visual art in the museum’s collection. We hear an award-winning string quartet from Chicago perform the music of Bartok, and a teenager from Maryland performs an epic piece on the traditional Chinese instrument, the guzheng.

Performers and repertoire:

Quartet Fuoco performs the fifth movement, Allegro molto, from String Quartet No. 4 by Béla Bartók (1881–1945).

    17-year-old violinist Rachel Stenzel from Holiday Hills, Illinois
    16-year-old violinist Aidan Perreault from Skokie, Illinois
    18-year-old violist David Berghoff from Chicago, Illinois
    17-year-old cellist Christopher Gao from Long Grove, Illinois

18-year-old soprano Katherine Leidlein from Lake Jackson, Texas, performs “Chanson triste” by Henri Duparc (1848–1933), with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

 18-year-old guzheng player Rujia Teng from Rockville, Maryland, performs “The Eternal Sorrow of Lin’An” by Zhanhao He (b. 1933), with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

14-year-old pianist Andrew Li from Lexington, Massachusetts, performs Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat major, S.244/6, by Franz Liszt (1811–1886).

Guest composer and pianist Matthew Aucoin performs “Corona” from his Celan Fragments, with 17-year-old violinist Yuki Beppu from Lexington, Massachusetts.

Quartet Fuoco performs the fourth movement, Allegro molto, from String Quartet No. 2 in A minor by William Walton (1902–1983).

April 2 (repeated Apr 5)
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Recorded: March 26, 2014

This week we’re broadcasting from Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts. You’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire to be announced

April 9 (repeated Apr 12)
Denver, Colorado
Recorded: February 20, 2015

This week, we’re broadcasting from the University of Colorado in Denver. You’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire to be announced

 



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