From the Top
12pm - 1pm
From the Top with host Christopher O'Riley is a weekly radio series that showcases the nation's most exceptional pre-college age classical musicians. Each one-hour program presents five young performers or ensembles whose stunning individual performances are combined with lively interviews, unique pre-produced segments, and lighthearted musical games.
April 26, 2014
This week, From the Top is broadcast from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.
Performers and repertoire to be announced
May 3, 2014
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
About the host:
Christopher O'Riley has redefined the possibilities of classical music through media, contemporary music and innovative programming. In addition to hosting From the Top's radio and television programs and appearing with top orchestras and festivals around the world, O'Riley is also an interpreter of some of the most important contemporary popular music of our time. He lives by the Duke Ellington adage, "there are only two kinds of music, good music and bad." O'Riley has performed two-piano arrangements of Astor Piazzolla's tangos and collaborated with choreographer Martha. He has recorded two discs of his own re-imaginings of Radiohead songs, as well as a tribute to Elliot Smith. O'Riley's Second Grace: Music of Nick Drake, interprets the work of singer/songwriter Nick Drake. In spring 2009, his series '2+2=5' at Columbia University's Miller Theatre bridged his own piano transcriptions with classical compositions. O'Riley is a recipient of top prizes and awards from the Van Cliburn Competition and the Avery Fisher Career Grants. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.