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From the Top
Thursdays, 11am & Sundays, noon
Program Website: http://www.fromthetop.org/
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.
an article from Current magazine concerning From
The Top's move into television as well as radio.
June 26 (repeated June 29)
This week, From the Top is at the historic Attucks theatre in Norfolk, Virginia, in a show presented as part of the Virginia Arts Festival.
19-year-old violinist Brendon Elliot and 14-year-old cellist Sterling Elliottfrom Newport News, Virginia, performing Passacaglia in G minor on a Theme by George Frideric Handel, by Johan Halvorsen
11-year-old pianist Kyle Hufrom Yorktown, Virginia performing the third movement, Allegro assai, from the Sonata No.12 in F major, K.332 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
16-year-old double bassistLena Goodsonfrom York, Pennsylvania performing Intermezzo, Op.9, No.1 by Reinhold Glière, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.
17-year-old soprano Emily Pogorelc from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin singing “KommteinSchlankerBurschgegangen” from the opera Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber with Christopher O'Riley, piano.
15-year-old violinist Alissa Morifrom Bronx, New York, (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) the second movement, Allegro moderato, from the Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D minor, Op.75 by Camille Saint-Saëns with Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Rhythm Project All Stars performing an arrangement of the Overture to The Barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini for steel drum ensemble.
July 3 (repeated July 6)
Costa Mesa, California
Presented by the Pacific Symphony, this week's From the Top comes to you from Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California. Among highlights, you'll hear the beautiful andante from the Rachmoninoff Cello Sonata in G minor performed by a 16-year-old from San Francisco, and enjoy a Buxtehude praeludium played by a teenage organist. Also, an award-winning choir sings pieces by Samuel Barber and Eric Whitacre, and a 14-year-old pianist plays Stravinsky.
Performers and repertoire:
15-year-old organist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Michael Jon Bennett from New York City, performs Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 163 by Dietrich Buxtehude
La Cañada High School Chamber Singers (Dr. Jeff Brookey, Choral Director), winning choir of KUSC's Local Vocals Sing-off, from La Cañada Flintridge, California, perform "Under the Willow Tree" by Samuel Barber, accompanied by Jenna Atias, and "With A Lily In Your Hand" from The Three Flower Songs by Eric Whitacre
14-year-old pianist Anna Boonyanitfrom Redwood City, California, performs II. Chez Pétrouchka from TroisMouvements de Pétrouchka by Igor Stravinsky
16-year-old flutist RamakrishnanKumaranfrom Hemet, California, and Pacific Symphony principal flutist Ben Smolen perform the Rondo from Andante et Rondo, Op. 25 by Franz Doppler
16-year-old cellist IlaShon from San Francisco, California, performs III. Andante from the Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op.19 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Idyllwild Arts Academy Piano Trio (violinist Yu-Ming Ma, cellist Wei-An Hung, and pianist VuthithornChinthammit) from Idyllwild, California, performs III. Presto from Café Music by Paul Schoenfield
July 10 (repeated July 13)
This week, From the Top is in Stanford, California, at Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University in a live taping presented by Stanford Live. In this show, you’ll meet a teenage violinist who will solo and then perform with two From the Top Alumni who are currently studying at Stanford. You’ll also hear the San Francisco Girls Chorus perform an arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s “The Pirate of Penance.”
18-year-old violinist Youjin Leefrom Los Angeles, California, performing the Solo Sonata in E major, Op.27, No.6 by Eugène Ysaÿe
Stanford Alumni Piano Trio performing III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace from the Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op.49, by Felix Mendelssohn.
Youjin Lee, violin
26-year-old cellist Anna Wittstruck from Asheville, North Carolina
18-year-old pianist Hugo Kitano from San Francisco, California
12-year-old guitarist Chase Onodera from Sacramento, California, performing Prelude No.1 in E minor, Andantino espressivo by Heitor Villa-Lobos
San Francisco Girls Chorus, Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor, performing "The Pirate of Penance" by Joni Mitchell, arr. Christopher O'Riley
18-year-old pianist David Yu from Diamond Bar, California, performing the Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22, I. So raschwie möglich by Robert Schumann
Finale: Christopher O'Riley, piano, and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, JindongCai, conductor performing III. Presto from the Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel
July 17 (repeated July 20)
From Chattanooga, Tennessee, this week From the Top features an uproarious performance of the music of Japanese composer/pianist Hiromi Uehara, performed by a 14-year-old girl from nearby Maryville, Tennessee. We'll also hear from a young singer who has raised over $14,000 for arts programs at the local schools and a local teenage guitar quartet serenades us with a classical arrangement of an Appalachian folk song.
Performers and repertoire:
15-year-old violinist Isabelle Durrenberger from Upper Arlington, Ohio, performs Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43, by Pablo de Sarasate, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano
The McCallie Guitar Quartet, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, performs “Black is the Color (of My True Love’s Hair),” traditional Appalachian Mountain folk song, arranged by Bryan Johanson (b. 1951)
17-year-old Ralston Hartness from Chattanooga, Tennessee
17-year-old Matthew Norris from Signal Mountain, Tennessee
16-year-old Drew Shikoh from Signal Mountain, Tennessee
16-year-old Griff Jayne from Chattanooga, Tennessee
17-year-old flutist Adam Sadberry from Montgomery, Texas, (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) performs Ballade for Flute and Piano by Frank Martin, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano
14-year-old pianist Mayuki Miyashita from Maryville, Tennessee, performs “The Tom and Jerry Show” by Hiromi Uehara
18-year-old violist Matthew Geise from Plano, Texas, performs I. Lento – Allegro from Suite for Viola and Piano by Ernest Bloch, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano
Bellaserelle String Quartet performs I. Allegro violentoedagitato from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20, by Alberto Ginastera
15-year-old violinist Isabelle Durrenberger from Upper Arlington, Ohio
17-year-old violinist Charles Gleason from Gahanna, Ohio
16-year-old violist Serena Hsu from Dublin, Ohio
16-year-old cellist Isobel Alsup from Delaware, Ohio (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist)
July 24 (repeated July 27)
Purchase, New York
This broadcast was taped at Purchase College, State University of New York, and features the National Youth Orchestra of the United States before they embark on their tour.
Performers and repertoire to be announced
July 31 (repeated August 3)
From Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, this week's From the Top features “The Lark” by Mikhail Glinka brought to life by a wonderfully musical 11-year-old pianist. We'll also enjoy some unaccompanied Bach performed by a very thoughtful teenager from the Boston area, and a teenage string quartet shares moving stories about the healing power of music in their own lives.
Performers and repertoire:
14-year-old cellist Zlatomir Fung from Westborough, Massachusetts, performs the fifth movement,Bourée, and the sixth movement,Bourée, from Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010, by Johann Sebastian Bach.
18-year-old violinist Gregorio Lopes from Bloomington, Indiana (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist), performs Mélodie, Op. 42, No. 3, by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.
Quartet Noce from Walnut Hill School of the Arts performs the first movement, Adagio – Con moto, from String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata,” by LeošJanáček
18-year-old violinist Joy Kuo from Taiwan, currently living in Lincoln, Massachusetts
17-year-old violinist Rose Moerschel from Milton, Massachusetts
17-year-old violist Sloane Wesloh from Stillwater, Minnesota
18-year-old cellist Drake Driscoll from Holly Springs, North Carolina
15-year-old harpist Deanna Cirielli from Winchester, Massachusetts, performs Impromptu, Op. 86, by Gabriel Fauré.
11-year-old pianist Maxim Lando from Great Neck, New York, performs “The Lark” by Mikhail Glinka, arranged by MilyAlexeyevich Balakirev.
14-year-old cellist Zlatomir Fung from Westborough, Massachusetts, performs the fifth movement, Vito, from Spanish Dances, Op. 54, by David Popper, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.
August 7 (repeated August 10)
El Paso, Texas
This week, From the Top comes to you from the historic Plaza Theater in El Paso, Texas, where you'll hear an extraordinary 13-year-old clarinetist performing Concertino, Op.26 by Carl Maria von Weber and meet a charming 11-year-old harpist who will play the music of Reinhold Gliere. Also, a 19-year-old organist treats us to a performance on the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ.
Clarinetist and Jack Kent Cooke Young ArtistAndrew Moses, 13, from Culver City, California, performs Concertino, Op.26 by Carl Maria von Weber
Organist and Jack Kent Cooke Young ArtistDavid von Behren, 19, from Falls City, Nebraska, performs the fourth movement, Toccata, from Suite Gothique, Op.25 by Léon Boëllmann
Harpist Lucy Ann Sotak, 11, from Arvada, Colorado, performs Impromptu, Op.35, No.9 by Reinhold Glière
Violinist Wesley Yu, 16, from El Paso, Texas, performs Polonaise Brillante No.1 in D major, Op.4 by HenrykWieniawski
The Jin Duo (pianists Julian Jenson, 17, from Hemet, California, and VuthithornChinthammit, 17, from Bangkok, Thailand) performs Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos by WitoldLutoslawski
August 14 (repeated August 17)
New Albany, Ohio
This week, From the Top comes to you from the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany, Ohio. Today you’ll meet a teenage percussionist with such huge, curly hair that a sparrow once built a nest in it. You’ll also hear a 16-year-old cellist perform the fanciful Capriccio by Lucas Foss.
Flutist Audrey Watkins, age 17 from Worthington, OH performs the final movement of the Sonata for Flute and Piano by Jindřich Feld with Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Percussionist Eric Goldberg, age 17 from Chicago, IL performs "Scirocco" for solo marimba by Michael Burritt.
Pianist Eden Chen, age 13 from Rowland Heights, CA, performing "Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto" S.434, by Franz Liszt
Mittelpunkt Duo: MichaellaCipriani, mezzo-soprano, age 17 from Westerville, OH & Eva Kennedy, viola, age 18 from Worthington, OH performing "GeistlichesWiegenlied" (Sacred Lullaby) from Two Songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op.91, No.2 by Johannes Brahms with Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Cellist Bryan Park, age 16from Bloomington, IN performing "Capriccio" by Lukas Foss, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.
August 21 (repeated Auust 24)
Princeton, New Jersey
This week's From the Top, from Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University, celebrates the 75th anniversary of the American Boychoir. You'll hear them perform all show long and also meet two outstanding teenage strings players, who will perform Gabriel Fauré and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Additionally, four members of the American Boychoir join forces to sing "I Love That Old Barbershop Style" by Einar Pederson.
The American Boychoir from Princeton, New Jersey, performs "Ubi Caritas", from "Four Motets on Gregorian Themes," Op.10, No.1 by Maurice Duruflé. Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, music director.
The American Boychoir Barbershop Quartet performs "I Love That Old Barbershop Style" by Einar Pederson.
Violinist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Gallia Kastner, 16, from Arlington Heights, Illinois, performs the Waltz-Scherzo, Op.34 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The American Boychoir performs "When I'm 64" by The Beatles), arr. Deke Sharon. Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, music director.
Cellist Julia Rosenbaum, 17, from Potomac, Maryland, performs "Elegy" by Gabriel Fauré
The American Boychoir, violinist Gallia Kastner, cellist Julia Rosenbaum, and organist Kerry Heimannperform Versus II and III of "Christ Lag in TodesBanden", Cantata No.4 by Johann Sebastian Bach. Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, music director.
The American Boychoir performs The Stars & Stripes Forever by John Phillip Sousa, arr. John Kuzma. Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, music director.
August 28 (repeated August 31)
San Marcos, Texas
This week, From the Top is at the Texas State International Piano Festival at Texas State University. You’ll hear students from the festival perform solo, in a piano duo, and even in a five piano arrangement of “Stars and Stripes Forever!”
Elbert Gong, age 16 from Belle Mead, New Jersey, performing "Ondine" from Gaspard de la Nuit by Maurice Ravel.
The Brioso Trio featuring 11-year-old violinist Hannah Ryu from Lexington, Massachusetts, 12-year-old cellist Evan Hsu from Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and 13-year-old pianist Andrew Li from Lexington, Massachusetts, performing I. Allegro from the Piano Trio in C major, Hob. XV:27 by Franz Joseph Haydn.
The Festival Duo featuring pianist J.T. Hassell, age 16 from Amarillo, Texas, and pianist MelvinaKuoshu, age 14 from Greer, South Carolina, performing II. Moderé and III. Brazileira from Scaramouche, Suite for Two Pianos, Op.165b by Darius Milhaud.
Composer J.P. Redmond, age 13 from Yonkers, New York (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist), performing his "Three Poems to Sing" for voice and piano, featuring FTT alum Kara Sainz, mezzo-soprano (Show 211/Santa Barbara) and Christopher O'Riley, piano.
I. There Was an Old Person (Edward Lear)
II. The Eagle (Lord Alfred Tennyson)
III. How Doth the Little Crocodile (Lewis Carroll)
5-piano concert finale: "Stars and Stripes Forever, Homage to Cohan and Sousa" by Peter Petroff (b.1942).
Christopher O'Riley, piano 1
18-year-old Martin Kesuma, age 18 from Jakarta, Indonesia, piano 2
23-year-old Jenny Park, age 23 from Fort Worth, Texas, piano 3
15-year-old Helen Nebeker from Austin, Texas, piano 4
14-year-old Eunice Lee from Austin, Texas, piano 5
September 4 (repeated September 7)
Rochester, New York
This week, From the Top broadcasts from Eastman School of Music, where special guest Sir James Galway joins us to lead an ensemble of young wind players and to tell us why he’s devoting so much of his time to teaching the next several generations of flutists. You'll also hear from a young violinist who is working on building a smartphone app to help teachers and students track practice time.
Performers and repertoire:
16-year-old cellist Annie Jacobs-Perkins from Pittsford, New York, performs At the Fountain, Op. 20, No. 2 by Carl Davidoff, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.
16-year-old pianist Carmen Knollfrom Carlstadt, New Jersey, performs Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 in A minor by Franz Liszt, transcribed by AracadiVolodos.
Flute player Sir James Galway and the Eastman School of Music/Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble perform III. Scherzo from Petite Symphonie by Charles Gounod.
Sir James Galway, flute
June Kim, oboe (Eastman)
Gwen Healy, oboe (RPYO)
Dominic Giardino, clarinet (Eastman)
Jeffrey Guo, clarinet (RPYO)
Quinn Delaney, bassoon (Eastman)
Maggie Bacon, bassoon (RPYO)
Russell Rybicki, horn (Eastman)
NikoletteLaBonte, horn (Eastman)
10-year-old violinist Pierce Wang from Fremont, California, performs Grand Caprice on Schubert’s Der Erlkönig by Heinrich Ernst.
19-year-old soprano Emily Helenbrook from Alexander, New York, performs “Adele’s Laughing Song” from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.
Flute player Sir James Galway and the Eastman School of Music/Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble perform IV. Finale from Petite Symphonie by Charles Gounod.
September 11 (repeated Stpember 14)
This week, we are at the New England Music Camp with a show presented at Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sindey, Maine.
Performers and repertoire to be announced
September 18 (repeated September 21)
Recorded in studio
This week, host Christopher O'Riley catches up with some of From the Top's most illustrious alumni in our annual "Where Are They Now Show." You'll enjoy the extraordinary music these young pros are making in their early careers and hear their stories of triumph and struggle as they work to define their own creative space in the world. Featured alumni include a brilliant young composer who is about to have a concert of his work performed by the Shanghai Philharmonic, a touring violinist who's just released a CD of all unaccompanied pieces, and a French horn player who has founded a free music school in his hometown.
Performers and repertoire:
Pianist Gabriela Martinez from New York, New York, performs Sonata No. 31 in A Flat Major, Movement 1, “Moderato Cantabile Molto Espressivo" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Composer Peng-Peng Gong from New York, New York, features his own composition, Death of the Honeybees; Suite No. 1 from the 2 Act Ballet, Act I, Scene I “City Scenes” and Act I, Scene II “The Dance of the Boy”
The Mobius Trio (guitarists Mason Fish, Matthew Holmes-Linder, and Robert Nance) from San Francisco, California, performs "First Light" by Dan Becker
French horn player EliodoroVallecillo from Santa Cruz, California, performs "Morceau de Concert" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Violinist Bella Hristova from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, performs from the Partita No. 2 in D Minor, Movement 4, "Gigue" by Johann Sebastian Bach
September 25 (repeated September 28)
This week, we’re at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts for a show featuring their composer-in-residence, Matthew Aucoin.
Performers and repertoire subject to change.
October 2 (repeated October 5)
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.