From the Top

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Saturday 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.

Program Listings:
August 30, 2014
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!”

Performers and repertoire:
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 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.


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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