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NPR's From the Top showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.

NPR's From the Top showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.

Location:

Boston, MA

Networks:

NPR

WGBH

Description:

NPR's From the Top showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.

Language:

English

Contact:

295 Huntington Ave. Suite 201 Boston, MA 02115 617-437-0707


Episodes

Incredible String Players Shine at the Klein

11/7/2022
We'll hear the adrenaline filled performances taking place at the 37th Annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition, meet the players, hear from the jury, and of course, learn who wins. Violinist Tessa Lark and pianist Peter Dugan co-host this portrait of one of our country's top competitions for young players.

Duration:01:00:30

11-Year-Old Pianist, Self-Directed Flutist & More

10/31/2022
Pianist Orli Shaham guest hosts. We meet a sensational 11-year-old pianist, a self-directed flutist who describes the mouthwatering food he finds in his hometown, a violinist who shares a moving piece inspired by the Holocaust, a young harpist who explores her creativity on her own Youtube Channel, and a thoughtful teenage violinist with a multicultural background.

Duration:00:59:18

Sibling Soloists, Fischoff Champions, & More

10/17/2022
Brothers from Chicago talk Formula One racing and share performances of Ysaÿe and Kovács, an award-winning chamber group from San Francisco plays a fiery Spanish trio, and a teen violinist talks about his interest in neuroscience and performs Mozart.

Duration:00:59:18

Celebration of Sphinx

10/3/2022
This special episode is dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of the Sphinx Organization. Featuring musical excerpts from a live performance by critically-acclaimed chamber orchestra, the Sphinx Virtuosi, and stories told by the musicians, leaders, and educators whose lives have been changed by Sphinx. It also explores the pivotal role Sphinx has played in expanding diversity in the arts.

Duration:00:59:57

Liszt, Strauss & A Fake Horror Movie About Music Camp

9/13/2022
In honor of long-time From the Top announcer Joanne Robinson, this program features some of Robinson's superb comedic contributions to From the Top skits and humor segments. It also features performances by young performers personally chosen by Joanne Robinson for their power and joy.

Duration:01:00:09

Trombone Siblings, Teenage Composer, & More

9/5/2022
A moving and sensitive performance of the music of Dvorak performed by a teenage cellist from Chicago, a young violinist from Washington, D.C. who loves to contemplate dark matter when he's not practicing the music of Bach, a teenage trombone quartet made up of two sets of siblings and more.

Duration:01:00:19

Schumann, Rachmaninoff & A Reimagined Clarinet Concerto

6/27/2022
The young artists on this week's show bring a range of musical choices to the program, including a Nocturne, a romance, and a piece that chronicles the African diaspora. We also meet a piano duo who act a bit like the odd couple, but they perform with beautiful unity. Clarinetist Alex Laing co-hosts and performs Weber with Host Peter Dugan.

Duration:01:01:04

Juneteenth Special

6/13/2022
Special guest Kevin Olusola co-hosts this commemoration of Juneteenth featuring outstanding young Black musicians performing works by Florence Price, Coleridge-Taylor, Sam Cooke and more.

Duration:01:00:47

Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, & an Award-Winning Sax Quartet

5/30/2022
A tenor from coastal Maine who helps out with his Dad's lobster fishing business, a talented teenage violinist who got his start following YouTube tutorials, an award-winning teenage sax quartet, and a pianist who is passionate about music history all share their music on this week's episode.

Duration:00:59:46

Fiery Double Bass, Exciting Chamber Music, & More

5/9/2022
Genre-bending violinist Charles Yang returns as co-host, collaborating with some incredible teen musicians from Texas. And don't miss the outstanding double-bassist who gives a fiery performance.

Duration:00:59:46

A Paganini Caprice on the Guitar

5/2/2022
This FTT Mini features guitarist Jiyeon Kim who appeared on From the Top back in 2011. Check out how she blew us away with her virtuosic performance of Paganini's Caprice No. 24 on the guitar.

Duration:00:07:05

Debussy and Childhood Revenge

4/25/2022
This FTT Mini celebrates pianist Jennifer Tu's appearance on our program back in 2010. She performs Claude Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse and tells a funny story of how a desire for revenge first motivated her to begin in music.

Duration:00:08:20

Carmen Fantasy, Chopin Polonaise, & More

4/18/2022
A 14-year-old violinist plays the wonderful Carmen Fantasy, a teen cellist plays an exciting Chopin Polonaise, a pianist recalls a childhood fear of Mickey Mouse, a violist shows off her talent for songwriting, and an inspiring teenage composer shares a new work.

Duration:00:59:47

Sensational Percussion Ensemble

4/11/2022
FTT Alum, Marcelina Suchocka went on to become a founding member of Excelsis Percussion Ensemble, a group of amazing women percussionists. They tel their story and then perform "Threads" by Paul Lansky.

Duration:00:10:02

A teenage organist, Bach and a spooky cathedral

4/4/2022
Back in 2004, the brilliant young organist, Keenan Boswell performed a movement of the Trio Sonata No. 1 in E Flat by J.S. Bach. In this FTT Mini, we revisit that and hear his funny story about being spooked in a cathedral at night.

Duration:00:06:43

Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bach, & More

3/28/2022
A teenage mezzo soprano sings from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma" and shares stories about her Hawaiian background. We also meet a fantastic 13-year-old pianist who performs Chopin, a violist who aims to become tri-lingual social venture capitalist, and two young violinists tackle Bach and Wieniawski.

Duration:00:59:47

Wind Ensemble and Baseball

3/21/2022
In this short form FTT Mini, we revisit Mostly Winds, an ensemble at the Interlochen Arts Academy. They play the music of Antonin Dvorak and we learn just how little arts students on the campus know about baseball.

Duration:00:06:58

Harp Performance and Pet Peeve

3/14/2022
This week's FTT Mini features 17-year-old harpist, Kerry Watson's performance of "Contemplation" by Henriette Renié. Also, Kerry shares a humorous pet peeve regarding people's reaction to her instrument.

Duration:00:06:07

Sibling String Duo, Harpsichord, and More

3/7/2022
We are treated to a rare performance by a brilliant teenage harpsichordist. We also meet a flutist who's helping connect kids with free music lessons, a trumpet player who's a leader in her student government, and a sibling duo who bring musical joy to their local children's hospital.

Duration:00:59:35

Story of a Young Ukrainian Pianist

2/28/2022
This FTT Mini episode features Dasha Bukhartseva, a young pianist from Ukraine who came on our program in 2007. We hear from two American tourists who arranged for her to study here and Dasha performs two Ukrainian pieces.

Duration:00:10:42