From the Top : June 2013

Beijing, China

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.

El Paso, Texas

Saturday, June 22, 2013

This week, From the Top comes to you from the historic Plaza Theater in El Paso, Texas, where you'll hear an extraordinary 13-year-old clarinetist performing Concertino, Op.26 by Carl Maria von Weber and meet a charming 11-year-old harpist who will play the music of Reinhold Gliere. Also, a 19-year-old organist treats us to a performance on the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ.

Brunswick, Maine

Saturday, June 15, 2013

This week, From the Top comes from the Studzinski Recital Hall on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where you'll hear a teenage cellist from Chicago perform from Rachmaninoff’s beautiful Sonata in G Minor and a young violinist from Washington play the first movement from Poulenc's Sonata and talk about her colorful home on Whidbey Island. Also, a From the Top alum returns to play piano and challenge Christopher O'Riley to a "pepper flipping" contest.

Princeton, New Jersey

Saturday, June 08, 2013

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.

Recorded In Studio

Saturday, June 01, 2013

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 home town.