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.
Airs Saturdays at 6 am on WQXR.
Hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, each one-hour broadcast presents five high-caliber performances along with interviews, sketches and games, revealing the heart and soul behind extraordinary young musicians. Now in its tenth year on air, From the Top is taped before live audiences in concert halls from Boston to Honolulu. Over the years some of the most prominent figures in classical music have appeared alongside young talent on From the Top. These guest artists include Yo-Yo Ma, Hilary Hahn, Bobby McFerrin, Midori, Béla Fleck and many more. Alumni of From the Top are now popping up in the country’s top orchestras and emerging with solo careers.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
From our broadcast home in Boston, this week’s From the Top features a pianist who, at the age of 9, was the youngest performer ever to sign with the recording label EMI. Also, a phenomenal 16-year-old violinist tackles one of the most difficult and dazzling pieces for unaccompanied violin, and we’ll meet a 17-year-old who, having grown up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in San Francisco, has emerged to become a formidable young mezzo-soprano.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
This week, From the Top is at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany, Ohio, where you'll hear the Concert Paraphrase on “Rigoletto” by Franz Liszt and the fanciful Capriccio by Lucas Foss performed by a 16-year-old cellist. Also, a talented 17-year-old percussionist performs "Scirocco" for solo marimba by Michael Burritt.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
From Bowling Green, Ohio, this week's show features one of the country's strongest teenage string quartets performing the music of Edvard Grieg and a young composer who's written an adventuresome piece with four movements inspired by the four ancient elements: earth, water, air and fire. You'll also hear a 15-year-old pianist who, in his spare time, invented a new chemical solution for protecting the public monuments of his home city, Houston.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
This week's show comes to you from the Brown Theater at the Wortham Center in Houston, Texas, where you'll hear a 17-year-old baritone sing Schubert and a 15-year-old pianist play Liszt’s "La Campanella." Also, the Houston Youth Symphony performs the overture from Beethoven's "Fideli" and a 16-year-old from Houston performs a violin show piece — on the cello.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
What do young musicians who come from the edge of the Amazon rain forest, the sophisticated big city of Bogotá and the villages and towns in-between have in common? An incredible music education system and one of the top youth orchestras in the Americas. This week, From the Top comes to you from the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogotá, Colombia, where you’ll hear performances by the Colombian Youth Philharmonic and one of the nation's flagship Orff ensembles.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
This week From the Top takes you to Hodgson Concert Hall at the University of Georgia in Athens. Here, a young New York guitarist evokes the palace of Alhambra and an outstanding piano trio from Minnesota plays the music of Smetana. Later in the program, a teenage cellist beautifully performs Maurice Ravel's "Kaddish."
Saturday, September 28, 2013
This week, From the Top and host Christopher O’Riley bring you to the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
This week, From the Top comes to you from Harris Concert Hall at the Aspen Music Festival and School. We hear performances from an outstanding array of young musicians who studied here over the summer. Among them, a 16-year-old pianist performing from Préludes, Book II by Claude Debussy; a 14-year-old cellist performing the music of Edouard Lalol; and a 16-year-old violinist performing Tchaikovsky’s playful Waltz-Scherzo.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
This week, From the Top is at Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona in Tucson. There we hear a 13-year-old pianist play some diabolical music by Prokofiev and an 11-year-old violinist play the last composition Debussy ever wrote. Also, a 17-year-old guitarist plays a piece by Mauro Giuliani and tells why he thinks Tucson is the center of the world for his instrument.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
This week's From the Top comes to you from Evans Auditorium at the Texas State University in San Marcos, the site of the Texas State International Piano Festival. We hear a variety of promising young pianists, including a duo performing from Scaramouche, Suite for Two Pianos, Op.165b by Darius Milhaud and a soloist performing the music of Maurice Ravel. You'll also hear settings of three witty poems composed by an exceptionally talented 13-year-old and meet a very young chamber ensemble.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
This week's From the Top comes to you from Fraser Performance Studio at WGBH in Boston. There you'll meet a young violinist whose music helped her severely autistic brother express his emotions for the very first time. You'll also hear an outstanding soprano sing "The Lordly Hudson," by Ned Rorem, and hear a trio of teens play the vivacious final movement of the Brahms Second Piano Trio.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
This week, From the Top comes to you from Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver where our teenagers play with the great Colorado Symphony. You'll hear an outstanding 17-year-old organist join the orchestra to perform the final movement of the Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 and meet a teenage violinist who plays Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen while sharing the stage with her parents who are orchestra members. Also, the Colorado Children’s Chorale sings the music of Randall Thompson.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
On this week's From the Top coming to you from Myerson Symphony Center in Dallas, an outstanding teenage violinist who originally taught himself to play by watching videos on YouTube, will solo with the mighty Dallas Symphony Orchestra. You'll also hear teenage members of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra join the Dallas Symphony pros in a side-by-side rendition of The Great Gate of Kiev from “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
Saturday, August 10, 2013
This week, From the Top comes to you from the Sarasota Opera House in Sarasota, Fla., where we’ll hear an 11-year-old violinist who loves to contemplate the cosmos, a 17-year-old horn player whose practice regimen has inspired a new word, and a young pianist who sleeps with her eyes open. We'll also hear an outstanding 14-year-old guitarist perform the music of the great Augustin Barrios.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
This week, From the Top comes to you from the Robert and Margaret Mondavi Performing Arts Center at the University of California Davis, where you’ll meet an array of award-winning young musicians, including a 17-year-old guitarist who plays Chopin and a 16-year-old flutist who beatboxes on her flute. You'll also meet a 15-year-old pianist who plays Johann Strauss, a trio who plays Astor Piazzolla, and an 11-year-old violinist who performs Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
From the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, Penn., this week's From the Top features a local 12-year-old pianist playing one of Aaron Copland’s most playful pieces, a talented 15-year-old cellist performing Schumann, and the fantastic Junior Division winners of the nation's most prestigious chamber music competition performing from Leos Janacek's String Quartet No. 2.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
This week From the Top is at its home base, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, where you'll hear a 13-year-old cellist perform Tchaikovsky and a 9-year-old violinist perform a lively showpiece by Pablo de Sarasate. Also, an accomplished recorder player will break you of any stereotype you may have about this versatile instrument.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
In this week's cello-centric episode, one of the master cellists of our time, Matt Haimovitz, performs with our teenage musicians. Among the highlights, you'll hear a performance of David Popper's Requiem played by Haimovitz, Christopher O'Riley and two teenage cellists. And in a grand finale, all of the cellists on today's show come together to perform "Open Country Joy" by John McLaughlin.
Saturday, July 06, 2013
From the Top comes to you this week from Beijing, China, for the second of two shows taped at the Central Conservatory of Music. Among highlights, you'll hear a 13-year-old ehru player perform "Sunshine on Taxkorgan"by Chen Gang and an 11-year-old violinist from Brunei perform Haydn backed by the Great Wall Soloists conducted by Kurt Sassmannshaus.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
This week, From the Top crosses the world to Beijing, China, with a program from the Central Conservatory of Music, an institution that provides training to many of the best young musicians from all around the country and beyond. You'll meet a 17-year-old violist from Hunan province who performs Brahms, a 16-year-old violinist from Shanghai who performs Wieniawski, and two very young violinists from the United States who perform Bach, backed by the Great Wall Soloists led by Kurt Sassmannshaus.