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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.

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

April 16 (repeated April 19)
Recorded in Studio

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 Texas performing Souvenir D’Amerique, “Yankee Doodle Variations” by Henri Vieuxtemps.

Michelle Cann, 18, piano from Avon Park, Florida performs Piano Sonata No. 1, Opus 22, Movement IV, “Ruvido ed Ostinado” by Alberto Ginastera.

Gabriel Campos, 17, clarinet from Costa Rica and studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy performing Solo de Concours by Andre Messager.

Marvin Brown, 18, cello, from Charlottesville, Virginia performing Salut D’Amour by Edward Elgar.

The Newman String Quartet from the Philadelphia area featuring Robyn Bollinger, 15, violin, Justine Lamb Budge, 15, violin, Paul Laraia, 18, viola, and Sarah Rommel, 18, cello performing String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10, Mvt. 1 by Claude Debussy.

Sammy Thomas, 18, accordion from Cheney, Washington performing Chopin’s Nightmare by Joe Spano.

April 23 (repeated April 26)
Interlochen, Michigan
Recorded: March 13, 2015

This week, we’re broadcasting from the Interlochen Arts Academy. You’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire:

17-year-old flutist Kennedy Wallace from Dallas, Texas, and currently studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy performs the fourth movement, Allegro con moto, from Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 14 by Robert Muczynski.

16-year-old clarinetist Sara Han from Seoul, South Korea, and currently studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy performs Introduction, Theme and Variations by Gioacchinio Rossini.

18-year-old pianist J.T. Hassell from Amarillo, Texas, and currently studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy performs the third movement, Allegro Vivace, from Piano Concerto No. 3 by Bela Bartok.

Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra led by Dr. Carolyn Watson performs “Three Musketeers: A Play for Instruments” by From the Top alum Michael Thurber and “Die Moldau” by Bedrich Smetana.

April 30 (repeated May 3)
Aspen, Colorado
Recorded: August 3, 2014

This week’s program 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, and we’ll meet a young flutist with a moving story about being adopted as an 18-year-old into a new family.

Performers and repertoire:
Aspen Piano Trio performing the first movement, Allegro con brio, from Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms
          14-year-old violinist Qing Yu Chen from Queens, New York
          16-year-old cellist Macintyre Taback from New York City
          17-year-old pianist Huan Li from Guangdong, China, and currently residing in Elmhurst, New York

16-year-old cellist Lucie Ticho from Hinsdale, Illinois performing the Serenade No.2 (Spanish Dance), Op.54 , No. 2 by David Popper, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.

17-year-old pianist Taek Gi Lee from Seoul, South Korea, now living in Connecticut and attending Juilliard Pre-College, performing the Nocturne, Op.48, No.1 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin. 

Alumni feature: flutist Anthony Trionfo from Las Vegas, Nevada, now at The Colburn School in Los Angeles, California performing the first movement, Allegro, from the Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 167 "Undine" by Carl Reinecke, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.

18-year-old violinist Yiliang Jiang from Shanghai, China.  Performing the Sonata in D minor, Op. 27, No. 3 "Ballade" (5:30), by Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931), unaccompanied solo.  We featured Yiliang on one of our 2012 Beijing tapings and he has since won several national competitions in China.  Yiliang is studying with Paul Kantor at Aspen this summer.

May 7 (repeated May 10)
Boston, Massachusetts
Recorded: October 5, 2014

From our home in Boston, this week’s program 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 finally discovering his lifelong soulmate: the French horn.

Performers and repertoire:

13-year-old violinist Masha Lakisova (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Vernon Hills, Illinois, performs the first movement, Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck, from Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105, by Robert Schumann (1810–1856), with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

18-year-old flutist Elizabeth Sperry from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, performs the fourth movement, Allegro con brio, from Flute Sonata in D major, Op. 94, by Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953), with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

The Snitzer Quartet from the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, performs Introduction and the third movement, Allegro vivace, from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7, by Béla Bartók (1881–1945).

    18-year-old violinist Beatrice Hsieh from North Wales, Pennsylvania
    17-year-old violinist Carolyn Semes from Broomall, Pennsylvania
    18-year-old violist Joseph Burke from Kendall Park, New Jersey
    18-year-old cellist Zachary Mowitz from Princeton, New Jersey

18-year-old horn player Ray Seong Jin Han, currently in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, performs Rêverie, Op. 24, by Alexander Glazunov (1865–1936), with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

17-year-old pianist Yun Chih Hsu from New York, New York, performs Feux d’artifice (Fireworks) from Préludes, Book II, by Claude Debussy (1862–1918).

17-year-old pianist Yun Chih Hsu performs the fifth piece, “The Chase,” from Out of Doors, Sz. 81, by Béla Bartók (1881–1945).

May 14 (repeated 17)
Washington, D.C.
Recorded: October 24, 2014

This week, From the Top tapes its NPR show at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium with Washington Performing Arts in a special show sponsored by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, in celebration of their 15th anniversary. This recording will feature several performers who are Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipients.

Performers and repertoire:

8-year-old pianist Oscar Paz-Suaznabar from Alexandria, Virginia, performs the third movement, Prestissimo, from the Sonata No. 52 in G major, Hob. XVI:39 by Franz Joseph Haydn.

15-year-old violinist Kiarra Saito-Beckman from Bend, Oregon, performs "Carmen Fantasie" by Franz Waxman, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.

17-year-old flutist Taiga Ultan from Brooklyn, New York, currently studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, performs the Fantaisie for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.

Alumni Feature: percussionist Marcelina Suchocka from Chicago, Illinois, currently living in New York City and studying at the Manhattan School of Music, performs "Chega de Saudade" (No More Blues) by Antônio Carlos Jobim, arr. Gary Burton.

The Excelsis Percussion Quartet from New York, New York, performs Prelude I and Chorus I from "Threads" by Paul Lansky.
    Marcelina Suchocka
    Aya Kaminaguchi
    Mariana Ramirez
    Clara Warnaar

Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir
, Michele Fowlin, music director, performs "Praise Ye The Lord," traditional.

May 21 (repeated May 24)
Recorded in Studio

On this week’s From the Top, we’ll catch up with several alumni and find out what they are doing now. You’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire to be announced.

May 28 (repeated May 31)
Storrs, Connecticut
Recorded: November 1, 2014

This week, From the Top is recording at UCONN’s Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts. You’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire:

The Clemens Quartet from Los Angeles, CA performs the first movement, Allegro, from the  String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91 by Béla Bartók

    17-year-old violinist KJ McDonald from Castaic, California
    16-year-old violinist Jason Corbin from Santa Clarita, California
    17-year-old violist Patrick Marsh from Granada Hill, California
    17-year-old cellist Alex Mansour from Stevenson Ranch, California

16-year-old cellist Derek Louie from New York, New York performing Silent Woods by Antonín Dvořák, with Christopher O'Riley, piano. 

13-year-old pianist Chelsea Guo from Darien, Connecticut performing Elegie in E-flat minor, Op. 3, No. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

17-year-old oboist Cassie Pilgrim from Chamblee, Georgia, currently studying at the Curtis Institute of Music, performing "Morceau de Salon" by Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda with Christopher O'Riley, piano.

12-year-old violinist Charlotte Marckx from Bellevue, Washington performing the first movement, Moderato, from the Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a by Sergei Prokofiev, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.

Sempre Sisters performing "The High Reel Set,” arr. Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas. 
12-year-old violinist Charlotte Marckx from Bellvue, Washington
15-year-old cellist Olivia Marckx from Bellevue, Washington

June 4 (repeated June 7)
Miami, Florida
Recorded: April 29, 2015

This week, we’re broadcasting from the University of Miami Frost School 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.

June 11 (repeated June 14)
Greenville, South Carolina
Recorded: November 6, 2014

In our first-show taped in South Carolina, this episode of From the Top is taped at The Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. You’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire:

16-year-old violinist Katherine Woo from Greer, South Carolina, performs Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43 by Pablo de Sarasate, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.

Cantus Chamber Choir from South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, South Carolina, David Rhyne, conductor, performs "Peace" by Mark Kilstofte

17-year-old double bass player Andrew Downs from Birmingham, Alabama (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) performs the first movement, Allegro moderato, from the Concerto No. 2 in B minor by Giovanni Bottesini, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.
13-year-old pianist Allison To from Yorba Linda, California performs the fifth movement, Hesitation Tango, and sixth movement, Galop, from Souvenirs, Op. 28 by Samuel Barber.

17-year-old euphonium player Joe Broom from McLean, Virginia performs "Fantasy" by Bruce Fraser, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.

13-year-old pianist Allison To from Yorba Linda, California, performs selected variations from the "Aria variata alla maniera Italiana" by Johann Sebastian Bach.

June 18 (repeated June 21)
Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
Recorded: May 8, 2015

You’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire to be announced.

June 25 (repeated June 28)
Monterey, California
Recorded: May 14, 2015

Performers and repertoire to be announced.

July 2 (repeated July 5)
Montclair, New Jersey
Recorded: December 13, 2014

From Montclair, New Jersey, this week’s show features the world-renowned Shanghai String Quartet making a special guest appearance. Two lucky teenage performers get the privilege of joining the quartet in a thrilling performance of the music of Johannes Brahms. We’ll also listen to the music a young cellist has chosen to populate his playlists on Spotify—playlists cleverly designed to persuade his high school friends to become fans of classical music 

Performers and repertoire:

13-year-old flutist Audrey Emata from Wallingford, Pennsylvania performs Carmen Fantaisie by François Borne.

16-year-old pianist Janice Carissa and 18-year-old pianist Ryan Ferguson from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania perform “The Humiliation of Drupadi” by Ananda Sukarlan.

18-year-old violist Jasper Snow from Houston, Texas performs the second movement, Allegro appassionato from Two Pieces for Viola and Piano by Frank Bridge

16-year-old cellist Chase Park from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey performs Impromptu in G-flat major, D. 899, No. 3 by Franz Schubert

The Shanghai Quartet: Weigang Li, violin; Yi-Wen Jiang, violin; Honggang Li, viola; Nick Tzavaras, cello, with Jasper Snow and Chase Park, perform the fourth movement, Poco Allegro from String Sextet in G major, Op. 36 by Johannes Brahms.
16-year-old pianist Janice Carissa and 18-year-old pianist Ryan Ferguson from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania perform Toccata in Funk, arranged by Bradley Eustace



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