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From the Top

Thursdays, 11am & Sundays, noon

Program Website: http://www.fromthetop.org/

From the Top LogoFrom the Top is a performance showcase for America’s best young classical musicians, from ages 9-18, celebrating their commitment to music and the arts. Acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley proves that he is “young at heart” as an egalitarian host. The program provides a platform for young artists to present themselves, share their passion, and develop into cultural leaders.

Read an article from Current magazine concerning From The Top's move into television as well as radio.

January 1, 2015 (repeated Jan 4)
Seattle, Washington
From Seattle, Washington, this week's program features a local teenage violinist delivering an emotional performance of the music of Ernest Bloch, teenagers from Chicago perform a thrilling wild and fun work for sax quartet, and we'll enjoy the broadcast premiere of a new composition written by an 18-year-old from New York City – an intriguing and ethereal piece titled Tropholingua, which means “language of plants.”

Performers and repertoire:

17-year-old cellist Audrey Chen from Redmond, Washington, performs Variations on a Theme by Rossini by Niccolò Paganini, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

16-year-old pianist Agata Sorotokin from San Jose, California, performs movements from “Musical Toys” by Sofia Gubaidulina.
     “Mechanical Accordion”
     “Magic Roundabout”
     “A Bear Playing Double Bass and the Black Woman”
     “The Woodpecker”
     “The Drummer”

17-year-old violinist Felicity James from Seattle, Washington, performs the second movement, Nigun (Improvisation) from Baal Shem, Three Pictures of Hassidic Life for Violin and Piano by Ernest Bloch, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

18-year-old composer Jack Gulielmetti from New York, New York, has movements of his piano trio Tropholingua performed by 18-year-old cellist Joseph Teeter from Topeka, Kansas; 17-year-old violinist Felicity James from Seattle, Washington; and 16-year-old pianist Agata Sorotokin from San Jose, California.

     I.     As if floating
     II.    Resurrection and the Life
     IV.   Rising upwards, no sense of downbeat
     V.    Finishing a phrase, as well as keeping your own voice”
     XX. Resurrected, building to the moment”
Jack's appearance on From the Top is supported by ASCAP Foundation Jack and Amy Norworth Fund.
Precipice Saxophone Quartet performs the fifth movement, Fanfare/Variations on “Durch Adams Fall” (Through Adam’s Fall), from Recitation Book for Saxophone Quartet by David Maslanka.

    18-year-old soprano saxophonist Justin Udry from Kenosha, Wisconsin
    17-year-old alto saxophonist Elizabeth Rangel (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Chicago, Illinois
    18-year-old tenor saxophonist Logan Curry from Maywood, Illinois
    17-year-old baritone saxophonist Shane Woods from Matteson, Illinois

January 8 (repeated Jan 11)
Norfolk, Virginia
Recorded: May 13, 2014

From Norfolk, Virginia, this week’s episode features a violin-cello duo made up of two wonderfully talented brothers. Their unusually generous and easygoing humor with each other is not only charming, but it also makes for a seamless musical collaboration. We’ll also hear a spirited performance from Mozart’s Sonata No. 12 by a pianist who’s just 11 years old, and we’ll meet a 15-year-old violinist who happens to have some success as an actress: she recently landed a guest role in the new NBC series “Believe.”

Performers and repertoire:

19-year-old violinist Brendon Elliott and 14-year-old cellist Sterling Elliott from Newport News, Virginia, perform Passacaglia in G minor on a Theme by Handel by Johan Halvorsen.

11-year-old pianist Kyle Hu from Yorktown, Virginia, performs the third movement, Allegro assai, from Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

15-year-old violinist Alissa Mori from New York, New York, performs the second movement, Allegro moderato, from Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Op. 75, by Camille Saint-Saëns, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

17-year-old soprano Emily Pogorelc from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, performs “Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen” from Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

16-year-old double bassist Lena Goodson from York, Pennsylvania, performs Intermezzo,Op. 9, No. 1, by Reinhold Glière, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

The Rhythm Project All Stars
perform an arrangement of the Overture to The Barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini for steel drum ensemble.

January 15 (repeated Jan 18)
MLK Special: Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Recorded: December 18, 2011

This week, from the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, From the Top celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the eyes of today's teenagers. You'll hear the superb Boston Children's Chorus sing several inspiring pieces and meet a 17-year-old bassoonist whose path parallels Coretta Scott King's early years in music.

Performers and repertoire:

Boston Children's Chorus, from Boston, Massachusetts, performs "Alleluia" by Randall Thompson. Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director.

From the Top Alumni String Quartet (violinist Tessa Lark, violinist Ryan Shannon, violist Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, and cellist Michael Dahlberg) from Boston, Massachusetts, performs the second movement, Molto adagio, from String Quartet No.1 by George Walker.

Boston Children's Chorus performs "My Soul's Been Anchored In The Lord", traditional spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan, and "In His Care-O", traditional spiritual, arr. William Dawson.

Bassoonist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Alexandra Nelson, 17, from Orleans, Massachusetts, performs Aria from Sonatine for Bassoon and Piano by Alexandre Tansman.

Boston Children's Chorus, guitarist David Waite, bassist Branden Miles, and violinist Tessa Lark perform "I'll Fly Away" by Albert E. Brumley, arr. Jim Papoulis

January 22 (repeated Jan 25)
Purchase, New York
Recorded: July 16, 2014

This week, From the Top is broadcasting from The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College where the National Youth Orchestra of the USA has been in residence for two weeks, preparing for their national tour. You'll hear 120 of America's best and brightest young musicians that have been brought together by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall performing works by Bernstein and Gershwin as well as a premiering a new piece by Samuel Adams, all under the baton of conductor David Robertson. 

The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) performs Prologue and Mambo from Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

18-year-old clarinetist Silvio Guitian from Baltimore, Maryland, performs the first movement, Allegretto, from Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 167, by Camille Saint-Saëns, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

NYO-USA performs Radial Play by Samuel Adams.

The NYO-USA Piano Quartet performs the fourth movement, Allegro molto, from Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15, by Gabriel Fauré.

    17-year-old violinist Soyeong Park from Princeton Junction, New Jersey
    17-year-old violist Martine Thomas from Rochester, New York
    18-year-old cellist Kartik Papatla from Mequon, Wisconsin
    Pianist Christopher O’Riley

NYO-USA performs Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture by George Gershwin, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett

January 29 (repeated Feb 1)
Montclair, New Jersey
Recorded: December 13, 2014

This week, we are broadcasting from Montclair State University with the Quartet-in-Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music, The Shanghai Quartet. You’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire to be announced.

February 5 (repeated Feb 8)
Boston, Massachusetts
Recorded: February 8, 2014

From Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, this week's From the Top features “The Lark” by Mikhail Glinka brought to life by a wonderfully musical 11-year-old pianist. We'll also enjoy some unaccompanied Bach performed by a very thoughtful teenager from the Boston area, and a teenage string quartet shares moving stories about the healing power of music in their own lives.

Performers and repertoire:

14-year-old cellist Zlatomir Fung from Westborough, Massachusetts, performs the fifth movement, Bourée, and the sixth movement, Bourée, from Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010, by Johann Sebastian Bach.

18-year-old violinist Gregorio Lopes from Bloomington, Indiana (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist), performs Mélodie, Op. 42, No. 3, by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.

Quartet Noce from Walnut Hill School of the Arts performs the first movement, Adagio – Con moto, from String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata,” by Leoš Janáček

   18-year-old violinist Joy Kuo from Taiwan, currently living in Lincoln, Massachusetts
   17-year-old violinist Rose Moerschel from Milton, Massachusetts
   17-year-old violist Sloane Wesloh from Stillwater, Minnesota
   18-year-old cellist Drake Driscoll from Holly Springs, North Carolina

15-year-old harpist Deanna Cirielli from Winchester, Massachusetts, performs Impromptu, Op. 86, by Gabriel Fauré.

11-year-old pianist Maxim Lando from Great Neck, New York, performs “The Lark” by Mikhail Glinka, arranged by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev.

14-year-old cellist Zlatomir Fung from Westborough, Massachusetts, performs the fifth movement, Vito, from Spanish Dances, Op. 54, by David Popper, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.

February 12 (repeated Feb 15)
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Recorded: January 23, 2014

From Chattanooga, Tennessee, this week From the Top features an uproarious performance of the music of Japanese composer/pianist Hiromi Uehara, performed by a 14-year-old girl from nearby Maryville, Tennessee. We'll also hear from a young singer who has raised over $14,000 for arts programs at the local schools and a local teenage guitar quartet serenades us with a classical arrangement of an Appalachian folk song.

Performers and repertoire:

15-year-old violinist Isabelle Durrenberger from Upper Arlington, Ohio, performs Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43, by Pablo de Sarasate, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano

The McCallie Guitar Quartet, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, performs “Black is the Color (of My True Love’s Hair),” traditional Appalachian Mountain folk song, arranged by Bryan Johanson (b. 1951)

    17-year-old Ralston Hartness from Chattanooga, Tennessee
    17-year-old Matthew Norris from Signal Mountain, Tennessee
    16-year-old Drew Shikoh from Signal Mountain, Tennessee
    16-year-old Griff Jayne from Chattanooga, Tennessee

17-year-old flutist Adam Sadberry from Montgomery, Texas, (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) performs Ballade for Flute and Piano by Frank Martin, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano

14-year-old pianist Mayuki Miyashita from Maryville, Tennessee, performs “The Tom and Jerry Show” by Hiromi Uehara

18-year-old violist Matthew Geise from Plano, Texas, performs I. Lento – Allegro from Suite for Viola and Piano by Ernest Bloch, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano

Bellaserelle String Quartet performs I. Allegro violento ed agitato from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20, by Alberto Ginastera

    15-year-old violinist Isabelle Durrenberger from Upper Arlington, Ohio
    17-year-old violinist Charles Gleason from Gahanna, Ohio
    16-year-old violist Serena Hsu from Dublin, Ohio
     16-year-old cellist Isobel Alsup from Delaware, Ohio (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist)

February 19 (repeated Feb 22)
Boston, Massachusetts
Recorded: February 7, 2015

This week, From the Top broadcasts from our home in Boston’s vibrant music district, at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. You’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire to be announced.

February 26 (repeated Mar 1)
Wingate, North Carolina
Recorded: November 23, 2013

From North Carolina, this week's show features the return appearance of a From the Top alumnus who went on to win a top prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this year. He's the first American to become a medalist in over sixteen years. We'll also meet a teenage bassoonist with a beautifully poetic story about the wilderness of New England and how it has moved his heart and shaped his music.

Performers and repertoire:

16-year-old flutist Olivia Staton from Vienna, Virginia, performing "Chant de Linos" by André Jolivet (1905–1974), accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.

13-year-old violinist Qing Yu Chen from Bayside, New York, performing Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28, by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921), accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.

17-year-old pianist Clara Gerdes from Davidson, North Carolina, and 17-year-old pianist Hannah Wang from Charlotte, North Carolina, performing III. Ruhig bewegt – Sehr lebhaft from Sonata for Piano, Four Hands, by Paul Hindemith (1895–1963).

18-year-old bassoonist Isaac Schultz from Exeter, New Hampshire, performing II. Allegro from the Sonata in F minor by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.

Alumni feature: pianist Sean Chen from Oak Park, California, performing Etude No. 13, "L'escalier du diable" (The Devil's Staircase) by György Ligeti (1923–2006).

Christopher O'Riley and Sean Chen, piano four-hands, performing "The Sacrificial Dance" from "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), arranged by Stravinsky.

March 5 (repeated Mar 8)
Sidney, Maine
Recorded: June 20, 2014

From the Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney, Maine, this week's From the Top features one of the strongest teenage oboists From the Top has encountered in the past few years performing a gorgeous Élégie by Francis Poulenc; a 14-year-old violinist performs Vieuxtemp's virtuosic showpiece, the Yankee Doodle Variations; and we meet a harpist who shares some wonderful stories about growing up studying music on rugged and rural Mount Desert Island, Maine.

Performers and repertoire:

18-year-old violist Erika Gray from Wilmette, Illinois, performs “La campanella” by Niccolò Paganini, arranged by William Primrose, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

17-year-old oboist Ryan Roberts from Santa Monica, California, performs the first movement, Élégie, from Sonata for Oboe and Piano by Francis Poulenc, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

14-year-old violinist Ilana Zaks from Needham, Massachusetts, performs Souvenirs d’Amérique, Variations on “Yankee Doodle,” Op. 17, by Henri Vieuxtemps, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

17-year-old harpist Phoebe Durand McDonnell (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Bar Harbor, Maine, performs the first movement, Mässig schnell, from Sonata for Harp by Paul Hindemith.

17-year-old pianist Christopher Staknys from Falmouth, Maine, performs Étude-Tableau No. 1 in C minor, Op. 39, by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

14-year-old violinist Ilana Zaks from Needham, Massachusetts, performs the third movement, Allegro vivace, from Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30, No. 3, by Ludwig van Beethoven, with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

March 12 (repeated Mar 15)
San Francisco, California
Recorded: February 14, 2015

This week, From the Top is broadcasting from the San Francicso Conservatory of Music. You’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire to be announced.

March 19 (repeated Mar 22)
Stanford, California
Recorded: November 10, 2013

From Stanford University, this week's From the Top features an all-California crew of performers including an extraordinary 12-year-old guitarist from the Bay Area performing the music of Villa-Lobos; the San Francisco Girls Chorus singing a beautiful arrangement of a song from Joni Mitchell's first album; and a funny story about a young pianist who found himself destroying his own piano by practicing too much.

Performers and repertoire:

Stanford Alumni Piano Trio
performs III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace from Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49, by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847).

    18-year-old violinist Youjin Lee from Los Angeles, California
    26-year-old cellist Anna Wittstruck from Asheville, North Carolina
    18-year-old pianist Hugo Kitano from San Francisco, California

18-year-old pianist David Yu from Diamond Bar, California, performs I. So rasch wie möglich from Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, by Robert Schumann (1810-1856).

San Francisco Girls Chorus,
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director and Principal Conductor, performs "Slav'sya" (Be Glorious) from Six Choruses, Op. 15, by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), accompanied by Susan Soehner; and "The Pirate of Penance" by Joni Mitchell, arranged and accompanied by Christopher O'Riley.

12-year-old guitarist Chase Onodera from Sacramento, California, performs Prelude No. 1 in E minor, Andantino espressivo, by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959).

18-year-old violinist Youjin Lee from Los Angeles, California, performs Solo Sonata in E major, Op. 27, No. 6 by Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931).

Christopher O'Riley
, piano, and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Jindong Cai, conductor, performs III. Presto from Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937).

March 26 (repeated Mar 29)
Salem, Massachusetts
Recorded: June 29, 2014

This week’s program was recorded at The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and given the show’s art museum venue, each young performer discusses a connection between the music they’re performing and a work of visual art in the museum’s collection. We hear an award-winning string quartet from Chicago perform the music of Bartok, and a teenager from Maryland performs an epic piece on the traditional Chinese instrument, the guzheng.

Performers and repertoire:

Quartet Fuoco performs the fifth movement, Allegro molto, from String Quartet No. 4 by Béla Bartók (1881–1945).

    17-year-old violinist Rachel Stenzel from Holiday Hills, Illinois
    16-year-old violinist Aidan Perreault from Skokie, Illinois
    18-year-old violist David Berghoff from Chicago, Illinois
    17-year-old cellist Christopher Gao from Long Grove, Illinois

18-year-old soprano Katherine Leidlein from Lake Jackson, Texas, performs “Chanson triste” by Henri Duparc (1848–1933), with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

 18-year-old guzheng player Rujia Teng from Rockville, Maryland, performs “The Eternal Sorrow of Lin’An” by Zhanhao He (b. 1933), with pianist Christopher O’Riley.

14-year-old pianist Andrew Li from Lexington, Massachusetts, performs Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat major, S.244/6, by Franz Liszt (1811–1886).

Guest composer and pianist Matthew Aucoin performs “Corona” from his Celan Fragments, with 17-year-old violinist Yuki Beppu from Lexington, Massachusetts.

Quartet Fuoco performs the fourth movement, Allegro molto, from String Quartet No. 2 in A minor by William Walton (1902–1983).

April 2 (repeated Apr 5)
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Recorded: March 26, 2014

This week we’re broadcasting from Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts. You’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire to be announced

April 9 (repeated Apr 12)
Denver, Colorado
Recorded: February 20, 2015

This week, we’re broadcasting from the University of Colorado in Denver. You’ll hear amazing performances and inspiring stories from some of America’s best young classical musicians.

Performers and repertoire to be announced

 



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