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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.

Program Listings:
September 6, 2014
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 13, 2014
Sidney, Maine

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 20, 2014
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 27, 2014
Salem, Massachusetts

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 to be announced

October 4, 2014
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.

Performers and repertoire:
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 11, 2014
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.

Performers and repertoire
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 18, 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

October 25, 2014
Recorded in studio

More information to be announced

November 1, 2014
Aspen, Colorado

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 8, 2014
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 15, 2014
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 22, 2014
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 29, 2014
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!

Performers and repertoire:
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 6, 2014
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 13, 2014
Recorded in studio

Performers and repertoire to be announced

December 20, 2014
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 27, 2014
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 3, 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
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. 

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