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From the Top

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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.

September 25
Salem, Massachusetts
This week, we’re at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts for a show featuring their composer-in-residence, Matthew Aucoin.

Quartet Fuoco from Midwest Young Artists Performing V. Allegro molto from String Quartet No.4 by BélaBartók (1881-1945).   .
     Rachel Stenzel, violin I, age 17 from Holiday Hills, IL
     Aidan Perreault, violin II, age 16 from Skokie, IL
     David Berghoff, viola, age 18 from Chicago,
    Christopher Gao, cello, age 17 from Long Grove IL
Katherine Leidlein, soprano, age 18 from Lake Jackson, TX.  Performing "Chanson Triste" by Henri Duparc (1848-1933), with Christopher O'Riley, piano

RujiaTeng, guzheng, age 18 from Rockville, MD. Performing "The Eternal Sorrow of Lin'An" by Zhanhao He (b.1933), with Christopher O'Riley, piano

Matt Aucoin, Composer-in-Residence at the Peabody Essex Museum.  Performing pieces from his Celan Fragments, "Corona" and "Sprichauch du" at the piano with Yuki Beppu, violin, age 17 from Lexington, MA 

Andrew Li, piano, age 14 from Lexington, MA.  Performing the Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D-flat major, S.244/6 by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Quartet Fuoco performing the 4th mvt, Allegro molto from the String Quartet No.2 in A minor by William Walton (1902-1983)

October 2
Boston, Massachusetts
This week's From the Top is broadcast from Calderwood Hall at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as part of the Massachusetts' Cultural Council's National Summit on Creative Youth Development. You'll meet a guitarist who’s an expert on roller coasters and a teenage cellist from New Orleans whose family is French-American but who loves all things Korean. Performances on this show range from a Chopin piano favorite to the wild ride of a trombone quartet.

15-year-old violinist Tristan Flores (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Lexington, Massachusetts, performs Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28, by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921), with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

18-year-old pianist Phuong Nghi Pham from Dorchester, Massachusetts, performs the first movement, Grave – Doppiomovimento, from Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35, by Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849).

The Bone Rangers from Chicago, Illinois, perform the second movement, Presto, from Tissington Variations by Raymond Premru (1934–1998).

    17-year-old trombonist Tanner Jackson from Tinley Park, Illinois
    15-year-old trombonist Alex Kusper from Orland Park, Illinois
    17-year-old trombonist Gabriel Ramos (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Chicago, Illinois
    15-year-old trombonist Ivan Saenz (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Chicago, Illinois

17-year-old cellist Georgia Bourderionnet (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from New Orleans, Louisiana, performs the second movement, Allegro, from Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40, by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975), with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

17-year-old guitarist David Steinhardt from Pittsford, New York, performs “Usher-Waltz” by Nikita Koshkin (b. 1956).

The Bone Rangers and David Steinhardt perform “No More Blues” by Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927–1994), arranged by Kim Scharnberg.

October 9
Aspen, Colorado
This week's From the Top is broadcast from Aspen Music Festival and School’s Harris Concert Hall. You’ll hear several young performers who are all studying at the festival during the summer, including a piano trio whose members study together at the Juilliard Pre-College Division in New York City, as well as several other outstanding young musicians.

Juilliard Pre-College 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 TaekGi 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.

From the Top Alumni Trio performing the fourth movement, Finale, from Suite for Two Cellos and Piano by Gian Carlo Menotti
       17-year-old cellist Anne Richardson from Louisville, Kentucky
       15-year-old cellist Zlatomir Fung from Westborough, Massachusetts
       18-year-old pianist Sarina Zhang from San Diego, California

October 16
Vermillion, South Dakota
This week, From the Top is on the campus of the University of South Dakota at the National Music Museum, where you'll hear some of the amazing historical instruments in their collection, including an historic fortepiano, a vintage guitar, and a unique gamelan. You’ll also meet a 13-year-old who lives on a ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  She raises steer to sell in the fall, rides her horse, Dandy, feeds the chickens, and she’s one fine classical violinist.
Performers and repertoire:

The Luna String Quartet performing IV. Finale: Presto from the String Quartet No.64 in D major, Op.76, No.5, Hob.III:79 by Franz Joseph Haydn
   17-year-old violinist Anna Humphrey from Rogers, Minnesota
   15-year-old violinist Emma Richman from Minneapolis, Minnesota
   18-year-old violist Alexandra Sophocleus from Minneapolis, Minnesota
   17-year-old cellist Nora Doyle from Minneapolis, Minnesota

13-year-old violinist Maya Buchanan from Rapid City, South Dakota, performing the first movement, Allegro, from Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring," by Ludwig van Beethoven

15-year-old pianist Evan Lee (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Brooklyn, New York, performing Transcendental Etude No. 4, "Mazeppa," by Franz Liszt
16-year-old guitar player Henry Johnston from St. Paul, Minnesota performing the third movement, Allegro non troppo, from Sonata No. 3 by Manuel Ponce

18-year-old saxophone player Jon Corin from Sarasota, Florida, performing the first movement, Animé, from Fantasia for Saxophone by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Host and pianist Christopher O'Rileyperforming the first movement, Allegro con brio, from Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 by Ludwig van Beethoven

October 23
Recorded in studio
More information to be announced|

October 30
Aspen, Colorado
Recorded: August 4, 2013
This week, From the Top comes to you from Harris Concert Hall at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where you'll meet an outstanding array of young musicians who are studying here this summer. Among them, you'll hear a 16-year-old pianist performing from Préludes, Book II by Claude Debussy, a 14-year-old cellist performing the music of EdouardLalo, and a 16-year-old violinist performing Tchaikovsky’s playful Waltz-Scherzo.

Performers and repertoire:

The Alumni Piano Trio (violinist Haruno Sato, 18, from Cleveland, Ohio; pianist Adria Ye, 15, from New York, New York; and cellist Austin Huntington, 19, from South Bend, Indiana) performs IV. Finale: Allegro assai appassionato from the Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op.49, by Felix Mendelssohn

French horn player Brian Mangrum, 18, from Montreal, Canada, performs Villanelle for Horn and Piano by Paul Dukas

Cellist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Sterling Elliott, 14, from Newport News, Virginia, performs III. Introduction: Andante – Allegro Vivace from the Cello Concerto in D minor by ÉdouardLalo

Pianist Jiacheng Xiong, 15, from Fujian, China, performs “Les féessontd'exquises danseuses” and “Général Lavine – eccentric” from Préludes, Book II by Claude Debussy

Violinist Angela Wee, 16, from Woodbury, New York, performs the Waltz-Scherzo, Op.34  by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pianist Colton Peltier, 19, from Hastings, Minnesota, performs  Transcendental Etude No.5 in B-flat major, "Feux Follets" by Franz Liszt

November 6
Boston, Massachusetts
This week, From the Top is recording in their hometown of Boston, Massachusetts at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in a show that features amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s bestyoung classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire to be announced.

November 13
Cincinnati, Ohio
From Corbett Auditorium in Cincinnati, Ohio, this week's program features one of the strongest pre-collegiate music programs in the country: The Cincinnati Starling Project. Host Christopher O'Riley joins Starling’s flagship orchestra to play Mozart, we'll hear a 12-year-old violinist and one of the program's most talented young soloists perform the music of Edward Elgar, and three From the Top alumni return to share their stories of mega success on YouTube and to perform a wonderfully schmaltzy comedic violin trio.

Performers and repertoire:

The Starling Chamber Orchestra from Cincinnati, Ohio, performs the third movement, Rondeau, from Serenade for Orchestra No. 6 in D major, K. 239, “Serenatanotturna,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, conducted by Kurt Sassmannshaus.

17-year-old pianist YilunXu (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from New York City performs “Feuxd’artifice” (“Fireworks”) from Préludes, Book II, by Claude Debussy.

12-year-old violinist Skye Park from Lexington, Kentucky, performs “Salut d’amour” by Edward Elgar with the Starling Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Kurt Sassmannshaus

The Starling/From the Top Alumni Trio performs Serenade (Siciliano) for Three Violins and Piano by Joseph HellmesbergerSr, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

    24-year-old violinist Tessa Lark from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
    21-year-old violinist Jonathan Miron from New York City
    25-year-old violinist Charles Yang from New York City

17-year-old horn player Avery Roth-Hawthorne (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Oakland, California, performs the first movement, Adagio, from Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70, by Robert Schumann, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

Christopher O’Riley and the Starling Chamber Orchestra perform the third movement, Rondeau – Allegretto, from Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, conducted by Kurt Sassmannshaus.

November 20
Washington, DC
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 to be announced.

November 27
Miami, Florida
This week, From the Top comes to you from New World Center in beautiful Miami Beach, Florida. Among the featured performers, you'll meet a 13-year-old violinist who’s studying with a New World Symphony fellow, a 16-year-old violist who is an outspoken champion of the viola, and a 17-year-old soprano who is taught by her Grammy Award-winning mom. Also, you'll hear a movement of the Brahms Piano Quintet performed by current New World Symphony fellows who just happen to be alumni of our show!
13-year-old violinist Nicholas Abrahams from Pembroke Pines, Florida, performs Romanza Andaluza from Spanish Dances, Op. 22 by Pablo de Sarasate, with pianist Christopher O'Riley

18-year-old pianist Michelle Zhao (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Guangdong, China, performs Ricercare and Toccata on a Theme from The Old Maid and the Thief

17-year-old soprano Virginia Mims
from West Palm Beach, Florida, performs "Il bacio" by Luigi Arditi, with pianist Christopher O'Riley

Flutist Matthew Roitstein performs Scherzo from the Sonata for Flute and Piano in D, Op. 94 by Sergei Prokofiev, with pianist Christopher O'Riley

16-year-old violist Mira Williams (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from  Chicago, Illinois, Fantasie, Op. 94  by Johann Nepomuk Hummel, with pianist Christopher O'Riley

New World Symphony Fellows (violinists Audrey Wright and Julia Noone; violist Kallie Ciechomski; and cellist Rosanna Butterfield) and pianist Christopher O'Riley perform the Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34, III. Scherzo by Johannes Brahms

December 4
Storrs, Connecticut
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 to be announced

December 11
Recorded in studio

December 18
Tacoma, Washington
From Tacoma, Washington, 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, and we’ll enjoy music from a film by the great Japanese animator Hiyao Miyazaki sumptuously arranged for four cellos by one of the young performers on the program.

Performers and repertoire:

15-year-old pianist Derek Wang from Needham, Massachusetts, performs Toccata in D minor, Op. 11, by Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953).

18-year-old violinist Sophia Stoyanovich from Bainbridge Island, Washington, performs Romance for Violin and Piano by her father, Patrick Stoyanovich (b. 1962), with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

17-year-old soprano Kresley Figueroa from Flagstaff, Arizona, performs “Adieu, notre petite table” from Manon by Jules Massenet (1842–1912) with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

16-year-old violist Maia Hoffman (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Portland, Oregon, performs the second movement, Lebhaft, from Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) for Viola and Piano, Op. 113, by Robert Schumann (1810–1856) with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

15-year-old cellist Jeremy Tai from Cupertino, California, performs the first movement, Allegroagitato, from Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36, by Edvard Grieg (1843–1907) with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

The Konpeito Cello Quartet performs “The Path of the Wind” by Joe Hisaishi, arranged by Jeremy Tai.

    17-year-old cellist Irene Jeong from Palo Alto, California
    16-year-old cellist Catherine Kim from Palo Alto, California
    17-year-old cellist Minku Lee from Palo Alto, California
    15-year-old cellist Jeremy Tai from Cupertino, California

December 25
Greenville, South Carolina
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 to be announced.

January 1, 2015
Seattle, Washington
From Seattle, Washington, this week's 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 New York City – an intriguing and ethereal piece titled Tropholingua, which means “language of plants.”

Performers and repertoire:

17-year-old cellist Audrey Chen from Redmond, Washington, performs Variations on a Theme by Rossini by Niccolò Paganini, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

16-year-old pianist Agata Sorotokin from San Jose, California, performs movements from “Musical Toys” by Sofia Gubaidulina.
     “Mechanical Accordion”
     “Magic Roundabout”
     “A Bear Playing Double Bass and the Black Woman”
     “The Woodpecker”
     “The Drummer”

17-year-old violinist Felicity James from Seattle, Washington, performs the second movement, Nigun (Improvisation) from Baal Shem, Three Pictures of Hassidic Life for Violin and Piano by Ernest Bloch, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

18-year-old composer Jack Gulielmetti from New York, New York, has movements of his piano trio Tropholingua performed by 18-year-old cellist Joseph Teeter from Topeka, Kansas; 17-year-old violinist Felicity James from Seattle, Washington; and 16-year-old pianist Agata Sorotokin from San Jose, California.

     I.     As if floating
     II.    Resurrection and the Life
     IV.   Rising upwards, no sense of downbeat
     V.    Finishing a phrase, as well as keeping your own voice”
     XX. Resurrected, building to the moment”
Jack's appearance on From the Top is supported by ASCAP Foundation Jack and Amy Norworth Fund.
Precipice Saxophone Quartet performs the fifth movement, Fanfare/Variations on “Durch Adams Fall” (Through Adam’s Fall), from Recitation Book for Saxophone Quartet by David Maslanka.

    18-year-old soprano saxophonist Justin Udry from Kenosha, Wisconsin
    17-year-old alto saxophonist Elizabeth Rangel (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Chicago, Illinois
    18-year-old tenor saxophonist Logan Curry from Maywood, Illinois
    17-year-old baritone saxophonist Shane Woods from Matteson, Illinois


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