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 5, 2014
Rochester, New York
This week, From the Top broadcasts from Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater in Rochester, New York. You’ll meet outstanding musicians from across the country who will dazzle and inspire you.
Performers and repertoire to be announced.
April 12, 2014
Recorded in studio
This talent packed annual highlights show features some of the best music and interviews from our past couple of seasons, including one of the most imaginative and musical double bassists we’ve ever encountered, an 11-year-old violinist who’s personality is just irresistible, and a very special appearance by the Mother of the Year.
Performers and repertoire:
Clarinetist and Jack Kent Cooke Young ArtistMatthew Dykeman, 17, from Arnold, MD, performs III. Furioso from Sonatina,Op. 29 by Malcolm Arnold
Violinist Simone Porter, 11, from Seattle, WA performs Nigun from Baal Shem by Ernest Bloch
The MacPhail Suzuki Guitar Quartet (guitarists David Tramm, 17, from Arden Hills, MN; Thomas Polzine, 17, from Buffalo, MN; Stephen Krishnan, 17, from Shoreview, MN; and Christopher Garwood, 15, from Maple Plain, MN) from the MacPhail Center for Music performs Ellis Island by Ben Verdery
16-year-old pianist Irwin Jiang from Honolulu, HI plays Toccata in D minor, Op.11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Double bassist Kiyoe Wellington, 15, from Kaneohe, Hawaii plays Reitba by Francois Rabbath, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley
The Polaris Quartet (violinist Andrea Jarrett, 17, from Saline, MI; violinist Vince Meklis, 16, from Orland Park, IL; violist Matthew Lipman; and cellist Gabriel Cabezas, 16 from Wilmette, IL) from the Music Institute of Chicago performs V. Allegro Molto from String Quartet No. 4 by BélaBartók
April 19, 2014
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 JiachengXiong, 15, from Fujian, China, performs “Les féessontd'exquises danseuses” and “GénéralLavine – 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, "FeuxFollets" by Franz Liszt
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.