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From the Top

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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 9 (repeated January 12)
Troy, New York
This week, From the Top is at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York with a special episode dedicated to the cello, featuring special guest Matt Haimovitz, Christopher O’Riley’s collaborator on Shuffle.Play.Listen.

Miriam Liske-Doorandish, cello, age 18 from Eggleston, Virginia performing "In the Style of Albeniz" by RodionShchedrin, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.

Matt Haimovitz, cello, performing "Empty Room" by Arcade Fire, arranged by Christopher O'Riley from the seminal O'Riley/Haimovitz double album release, "Shuffle. Play. Listen."

TaegukMun, cello, age 18 from Westbury, New York performing Humoresque, Op.5 by Mstislav Rostropovich, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.

"Open Country Joy" For Five Cellos by John McLaughlin, arranged by David Sanford.

     Matt Haimovitz, cello 1
     LeanaRutt, cello 2
     TaegukMun, cello 3
     Miriam Liske-Doorandish, cello 4
     Bryan Holt, cello 5

January 16 (repeated January 19)
Boston, Massachusetts
Recorded at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, this special edition of From the Top celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The fantastic Boston Children's Chorus performs a variety of inspirational pieces, a teenage quartet perform the music of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and a talented 17-year-old flutist performs "Summerland" by William Grant Still.

Performers and Repertoire:
The Boston Children's Chorus (65 members comprising the Premier Choir and Young Men's Ensemble) performs "MLK" by U2, arranged by Bob Chilcott, and traditional spiritual "O' Freedom," arranged by Hall Johnson. Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director.

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra String Quartet (violinist Charlotte Malin, 17, from Westwood, MA; violinist Kendra Lenz, 18, from Boston, MA; violist Alexandra Morgan-Welch, 17, from Andover, MA; and cellist Sasha Scolnik-Brower, 15, from Andover, MA) performs III. Allegro vivace from Quartet No. 1 ("Calvary") by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

The Boston Children's Chorus performs "Kasarmie la gaji" (The Earth is Tired) by Alberto Grau

Flutist Chaz Salazar, 17 from Phoenix, AZ, performs "Summerland" by William Grant Still

The Boston Children's Chorus performs "Lean on Me" by Kirk Franklin, arranged by Andre Williams

January 23 (repeated January 25)
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston, MA
This week we're at our 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!

Performers and repertoire:
Cellist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Sebastian Stoger, 13, from New York, NY performs"Pezzo Capriccioso" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pianist Vanessa Meiling Haynes, 15, from Shrewsbury, MA performs III. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto from the Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata,"by Ludwig van Beethoven

Bass/baritone William Su, 18, from Natick, MA performs "Amor marinaro" (Sailor's love) by Gaetano Donizetti

Recorder player Bryan Duerfeldt, 18, from Bloomington, MN performs III. Allegro molto from the Concerto in C major, RV 443 by Antonio Vivaldi 

Recorder player Bryan Duerfeldt performs an excerpt from "The Bird and The Donkey" by Pete Rose

Violinist Elizabeth Aoki, 9, from Cresskill, NJ performs "Introduction and Tarantelle," Op.43 by Pablo de Sarasate

January 30 (repeated February 2)
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
From the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 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.

Performers and repertoire:
Quartet Stracciatella (violinist Erika Gray, 16, from Wilmette, IL; violinist HyunJae Lim, 14, from Wilmette, IL ; violist Stephanie Block, 18, from Barrington, IL; and cellist Johannes Gray, 15, from Wilmette, IL) perform IV. Allegro from String Quartet No.2, "Intimate Letters," by LeošJanáček

Pianist Ariana Chiu, 12, from Pittsburgh, PA performing "The Cat and the Mouse"  by Aaron Copland

Violinist Ariel Horowitz, 16, from Bloomington, IN performs  Sonata No.1 for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op.105, I.MitleidenschaftlichemAusdruck by Robert Schumann

Harpist Sophia Lee, 14, from Wexford, PA performs "Féerie: Prélude et Danse by Marcel Tournier

Cellist Daniel Hass, 15, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada performs III. Rasch, mitFeuer from Fantasiestücke, Op.73 by Robert Schumann

February 6 (repeated February 9)
Costa Mesa, California
This week, we are at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California, in a show presented by the Pacific Symphony. In this show, you’ll hear a choir from California, chosen by online voters!
Performers and repertoire to be announced

February 13 (repeated February 16)
Recorded in studio
In this week's special highlights episode, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano, violin virtuoso Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, cello master Janos Starker, and the great soprano Dawn Upshaw all share the stage with lucky young musicians.

Performers and repertoire:
Violinist and Jack Kent Cooke Young ArtistKyung-Jun Kim, 18, from Rutherford, NJ, performs Violin Sonata, 4th mvt. by John Corigliano

Soprano Dawn Upshaw and flutist Meghan Emigh perform "A Simple Song" by Leonard Bernstein

Soprano Dawn Upshaw and baritone Kevin Ray perform "O Waly, Waly" by Benjamin Britten

Cellists Janos Starker and Ana Kim perform Sonata for Two Cellos in C Major, 1st mvt. by Luigi Boccherini

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg performs Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Violinist Zachary Taxin; violist IziaWeyman, 17, from Newton, MA; cellist Jessica Wang,18, from Bedminster, NJ; violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg; and pianist Christopher O'Riley perform Piano Quintet, Op. 44, Scherzo by Robert Schumann

February 20 (repeated February 23)
San Marcos, Texas
This week's From the Top comes to you from Evans Auditorium on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos, the site of the Texas State International Piano Festival. You'll hear a variety of outstanding 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.

Performers and repertoire:
The Texas State International Piano Festival Duo (pianists J.T. Hassell, 16, from Amarillo, TX, and MelvinaKuoshu, 14, from Greer, SC) performs II. Moderé & III.Brazileira from Scaramouche, Suite for Two Pianos, Op.165b by Darius Milhaud

The Brioso Trio (violinist Hannah Ryu, 11, from Lexington, MA; cellist Evan Hsu, 12, from Chestnut Hill, MA; and pianist Andrew Li, 13, from Lexington, MA)  performs I. Allegro  from the Piano Trio in C major, Hob. XV:27 by Franz Joseph Haydn

Pianist Elbert Gong, 16, from Belle Mead, NJ, performs  "Ondine" from Gaspard de la Nuit by Maurice Ravel

Mezzo-soprano and From the Top Alumna Kara Sainz performs Three Poems to Sing for Voice and Piano: I. There Was an Old Person (Edward Lear), II. The Eagle (Lord Alfred Tennyson), and III. How Doth the Little Crocodile (Lewis Carroll) by composer and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist J.P. Redmond, 13, from Yonkers, NY

The Texas State International Piano Festival Five Piano FInale Ensemble (pianists Martin Kesuma, 18, from Jakarta, Indonesia; Jenny Park, 23, from Fort Worth, TX; Helen Nebeker, 15, from Austin, TX; Eunice Lee, 14 from Austin, TX; and Christopher O'Riley) performs "Stars and Stripes Forever, Homage to Cohan and Sousa" by Peter Petroff

February 27 (repeated March 2)
Chattanooga, Tennessee
This week, we are in the historic Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga in a show presented by WSMC. On this show, you’ll hear an amazing group of teens from Tennessee and beyond showcase their amazing artistry and inspiring stories.
Performers and repertoire to be announced

March 6 (repeated March 9)
Davis, California
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'sZigeunerweisen.

Performers and repertoire:
Violinist Alex Zhou, 12, from San Jose, CA performs Zigeunerweisen, Op.20 by Pablo de Sarasate
Flutist Annie Wu, 16, from Pleasanton, CA performs Duo for Flute and Piano, III. Lively, With Bounce by Aaron Copland 
Flutist Annie Wu performs the 3rd Beat from Three Beats for Beat Box Flute by Greg Pattillo
Guitarist Alec Holcomb, 17, from Franklin, TN performs the Prelude No.15 in D-flat major, Op.28, "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin, transcribed by JózsefEötvös
Pianist Phoebe Pan, 15, from Irvine, CA performs "Soirée de Vienne", Concert Paraphrase on Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Op.56 by Alfred Grünfeld
The Angeles Trio (violinist and Jack Kent Cooke Young ArtistKristina Zlatareva, 19; cellist Ji Sun Jung, 18; and pianist Jia Ying Dong, 18, from El Monte, CA) of the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles perform Primavera Porteña from "The 4 Seasons of Beunos Aires" by Astor Piazzolla

March 13 (repeated March 16)
Boston, Massachusetts
This week, we are broadcasting from our home at New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. You’ll hear amazing performances performed in the legendary Jordan Hall.

Performers and repertoire to be announced.

March 20 (repeated March 23)
Beijing, China
This week, From the Top crosses the world to Beijing, China! We're at the Central Conservatory of Music, a fantastic 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 fantastic Great Wall Soloists led by Kurt Sassmannshaus.

Performers and repertoire:
Violinist Zhang Jin Ru, 16 from Shanghai, China performs the Polonaise No.1 in D major, Op.4 by HenrykWieniawski
Cellist Carolyn Ronning, 17, from Noblesville, IN performs Allegro Appassionato by Camille Saint-Saëns
Violist Mei Di Yang, viola, 17, from Beijing, China performs 1. Allegro appassionata from the Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.120 by Johannes Brahms
Great Wall Soloists perform "Moon Reflecting in the Erquan Pond"  byAbing, arr. Wu Zuqiang. Kurt Sassmannshaus, conductor.
Violinists Skye Park, 10, from Lexington, KY and Christina Nam, 9, from West Chester, OH and the Great Wall Soloists perform I. Vivace from the Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach .Kurt Sassmannshaus, conductor.

March 27 (repeated March 30)
Beijing, China
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 fantastic 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.

Performers and repertoire:
Violinist Kristine Clair UchiGalano, 11 from Brunei, Borneo and the Great Wall Soloists perform I. Allegro moderato from the Violin Concerto in G major, Hob.VIIa:4 by Franz Joseph Haydn. Kurt Sassmannshaus, conductor.

Violinist Jiang Yi Liang, 16, from Shanghai, China and the Great Wall Soloists perform 1.Allegro moderato from the Concerto No.1 in B-flat Major for Violin and Orchestra, K.207 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Kurt Sassmannshaus, conductor.

EhruplayerJi Bolin, 13, from Beijing, China performs "Sunshine on Taxkorgan" by Chen Gang
Pianist Christopher O'Rileyperforms "Secreto" by Federico Mompou
The Great Wall String Quartet (violinist Yabing Tan, 23; violinist Lin Haoli, 23; violist Guo Yi Tong, 19 and cellist Bryant TjahjonoGozali, 19) studying at the Central Conservatory of Music and pianist Christopher O'Rileyperform I.Allegrobrillante from the Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op.44, by Robert Schumann
Pianist Xu Jin Zhao, 15, from Beijing, China performs Etude in A minor, Op.25, No.11 by Frédéric Chopin

April 3 (repeated April 6)
Rochester, New York
This week, From the Top broadcasts from Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater in Rochester, New York. You’ll meet outstanding musicians from across the country who will dazzle and inspire you.

Performers and repertoire to be announced.

April 10 (repeated April 13)
Recorded in studio
This talent packed annual highlights show features some of the best music and interviews from our past couple of seasons, including one of the most imaginative and musical double bassists we’ve ever encountered, an 11-year-old violinist who’s personality is just irresistible, and a very special appearance by the Mother of the Year.

Performers and repertoire:
Clarinetist and Jack Kent Cooke Young ArtistMatthew Dykeman, 17, from Arnold, MD, performs III. Furioso from Sonatina,Op. 29 by Malcolm Arnold
Violinist Simone Porter, 11, from Seattle, WA performs Nigun from Baal Shem by Ernest Bloch
The MacPhail Suzuki Guitar Quartet (guitarists David Tramm, 17, from Arden Hills, MN; Thomas Polzine, 17, from Buffalo, MN; Stephen Krishnan, 17, from Shoreview, MN; and Christopher Garwood, 15, from Maple Plain, MN) from the MacPhail Center for Music performs Ellis Island by Ben Verdery
16-year-old pianist Irwin Jiang from Honolulu, HI plays Toccata in D minor, Op.11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Double bassist Kiyoe Wellington, 15, from Kaneohe, Hawaii plays Reitba by Francois Rabbath, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley
The Polaris Quartet (violinist Andrea Jarrett, 17, from Saline, MI; violinist Vince Meklis, 16, from Orland Park, IL; violist Matthew Lipman; and cellist Gabriel Cabezas, 16 from Wilmette, IL) from the Music Institute of Chicago performs V. Allegro Molto from String Quartet No. 4 by BélaBartók

April 17 (repeated April 20)
Aspen, Colorado
This week, From the Top comes to you from Harris Concert Hall at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where you'll meet an outstanding array of young musicians who are studying here this summer. Among them, you'll hear a 16-year-old pianist performing from Préludes, Book II by Claude Debussy, a 14-year-old cellist performing the music of EdouardLalo, and a 16-year-old violinist performing Tchaikovsky’s playful Waltz-Scherzo.

Performers and repertoire:
The Alumni Piano Trio (violinist Haruno Sato, 18, from Cleveland, Ohio; pianist Adria Ye, 15, from New York, New York; and cellist Austin Huntington, 19, from South Bend, Indiana) performs IV. Finale: Allegro assai appassionato from the Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op.49, by Felix Mendelssohn
French horn player Brian Mangrum, 18, from Montreal, Canada, performs Villanelle for Horn and Piano by Paul Dukas
Cellist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Sterling Elliott, 14, from Newport News, Virginia, performs III. Introduction: Andante – Allegro Vivace from the Cello Concerto in D minor by ÉdouardLalo
Pianist JiachengXiong, 15, from Fujian, China, performs “Les féessontd'exquises danseuses” and “GénéralLavine – eccentric” from Préludes, Book II by Claude Debussy
Violinist Angela Wee, 16, from Woodbury, New York, performs the Waltz-Scherzo, Op.34  by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Pianist Colton Peltier, 19, from Hastings, Minnesota, performs  Transcendental Etude No.5 in B-flat major, "FeuxFollets" by Franz Liszt

April 24 (repeated April 27)
Boston, Massachusetts
This week, From the Top is broadcast from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

Performers and repertoire to be announced

May 1 (repeated May 4)
Vermillion, South Dakota
This week, From the Top is on the campus of the University of South Dakota at the National Music Museum, where you'll hear some of the amazing historical instruments in their collection, including an historic fortepiano, a vintage guitar, and a unique gamelan. You’ll also meet a 13-year-old who lives on a ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  She raises steer to sell in the fall, rides her horse, Dandy, feeds the chickens, and she’s one fine classical violinist.

Performers and repertoire:
The Luna String Quartet performing IV. Finale: Presto from the String Quartet No.64 in D major, Op.76, No.5, Hob.III:79 by Franz Joseph Haydn
   17-year-old violinist Anna Humphrey from Rogers, Minnesota
   15-year-old violinist Emma Richman from Minneapolis, Minnesota
   18-year-old violist Alexandra Sophocleus from Minneapolis, Minnesota
   17-year-old cellist Nora Doyle from Minneapolis, Minnesota

13-year-old violinist Maya Buchanan from Rapid City, South Dakota, performing the first movement, Allegro, from Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring," by Ludwig van Beethoven

15-year-old pianist Evan Lee (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Brooklyn, New York, performing Transcendental Etude No. 4, "Mazeppa," by Franz Liszt
16-year-old guitar player Henry Johnston from St. Paul, Minnesota performing the third movement, Allegro non troppo, from Sonata No. 3 by Manuel Ponce

18-year-old saxophone player Jon Corin from Sarasota, Florida, performing the first movement, Animé, from Fantasia for Saxophone by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Host and pianist Christopher O'Rileyperforming the first movement, Allegro con brio, from Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 by Ludwig van Beethoven

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