Classical 91.5

From the Top

Sundays, 5 to 6pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at

NPR's From the Top features amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary classically-trained young musicians from across the country.  Each weekly one-hour broadcast features virtuosic performances with pre-collegiate musicians, along with pre-produced segments and lighthearted sketches that reveal the heart and soul of these amazing kids. 

An on-site live performance of From the Top is a "complete package" demonstrating the power of classical music through broadcasts, live events, education programs, and more.  Rochester has hosted From the Top three times and we are always excited when students from the greater Rochester area appear on the program.  


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Film & television actor Damon Gupton, is also a conductor, and now the guest host for From the Top (11/24).  He stopped by the studios of Interlochen Public Radio to record this brief interview about the experience of conducting the student ensembles.

The October 20th broadcast celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the Walnut Hil School for the Arts, an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience purposefully designed for student artists in grades 9–12.

Pianist and MacArthur Genius Jeremy serves as guest host on 9/8, and we'll spend some time in Texas at the Music Eductor's Conference and the Texas State International Piano Festival.

Molley Yeh, From the Top

8/4        From McLean, Virginia, we’ll feature a wild performance by 14-year-old violist who tackles a piece written by Hindemith with the extraordinary tempo marking of 600-640 beats per minute, a tender performance of the song “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory performed on the marimba, and we’ll hear how studying music helped one young musician grow up and cope with Tourette’s Syndrome.

As a teenager, Molly Yeh performed on percussion from Carnegie Hall for From the Top. Today, she's a food blogger, host of her own Food Network show, and is guest-hosting From the Top on July 21.


We'll hear music by a young composer who was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, on the June 16th broadcast.

Interlochen Public Radio

5/5       From the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, this episode features the winning
ensemble of KDFC’s Local Vocals High School Choir Sing-Off and, at 120 singers, it’s the largest
group ever featured on the program. We also meet a 17-year-old pianist who talks about the
difficulty of preparing for competitions without a piano, and a young string quartet performs the
rhapsodic first movement of Debussy’s string quartet.


From the Top,  hosted a three-day residency in Los Angeles culminating in two studio recordings of the popular radio show.  Thirteen young musicians, ages 14 - 18 from greater Los Angeles and beyond,  participated in an all-encompassing experience comprised of creative music making, career development, and community engagement designed to enrich both personal and artistic growth.  We'll hear the results 4/14 & 4/28.

From the Top welcomes guest host Lawrence Gilliard Jr. for the March 17th broadcast.  A trained actor for the stage and screen, as well as a classically-trained clarinetist, Lawrence Gilliard Jr. is most recognized for playing the infamous series regular role of ‘D’Angelo Barksdale’ on HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire as well as the series regular role of ‘Bob Stookey’ on AMC’s hit drama The Walking Dead.

2/24      Violinist Charles Yang (Time for Three) guest hosts this episode with co-host and pianist Peter Dugan.  We’ll hear violinist Charlotte Marckx performing “Carmen Fantasie” by Franz Waxman, flutist  

Scott Quirk performing a sonata by Daniel Dorff, and Benjamin Lee an erhu player performing Taichi Warrior of Erhu, and much more.