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.  


Ways to Connect

You may know beatboxer Kevin Olusula from the Grammy winning a cappella vocal ensemble Pentatonix. This month you'll hear him co-host a program commemorating Juneteenth, June 20th.

Laura Navasardian (cello), 15, from New York, New York is a sophomore at the Professional Children's School. She studies piano with Clara Kim at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. On the May 16th at 5pm broadcast, we'll hear her perform one of the most lyrical melodies written for cello, The Swan from Camille Saint-Saëns'  The Carnival of the Animals.

From the Top’s host Peter Dugan invites you to subscribe to "Daily Joy," a campaign that began in the very early days of quarantine and continues today to offer a much-needed respite from the anxiety and worry that we encounter in the news. In April we'll go back to the first "Blanket Fort" episode.  Tune in to the show, Sundays at 5pm.

3/7        Hosted by pianist Peter Dugan, this program features performances recently recorded across the country.  Clarinetist Kah’lin Jordan (17)  from  Hoover, Alabama performs Cantilene for Clarinet and Piano by Louis Cahuzac,  pianist Victor Shlyahtenko (19) from LA performs a Chopin Nocturne, violinist Glenn Choe (16) from Cedar Park Texas plays Bach and cellist Fiona Huang (13) performs Shostakovich.

The primary objectives of the Morningside Music Bridge program are to, identify and promote outstanding young artists; create educational and performance opportunities; create development opportunities for music educators; promote inter-cultural understanding; expand community and corporate-based support; develop long-term international partnerships and build bridges of understanding. On the Feb 28th broadcast we'll hear some of the MMB's young musicians.

From the Top introduces us to two young composers this month (1/10 & 1/17). First being Caroline Bragg, a 2017-18 Luna Composition Lab Fellow, and in 2019 was commissioned by the Friction Commissioning Initiative to write a piece for the Friction Quartet. "Her music showcases an impressive technical maturity and a unique voice, making the fact that she is still in high school so astounding to us."

In the Dec 27th "Where Are They Now" broadcast, we'll hear from baritone John Brancy, winner of a 2020 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for his performance in the title role of the Opera “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

From the Top, the show that highlights outstanding young musicians, is holding  “live” virtual auditions for high school seniors on November 13 and 14, who are applying for the December 4th scholarship deadline.  Here are some of the great young musicians that will appear on the November 2020 broadcasts.

The Quantum Saxophone Quartet from Hebron High School in Dallas, performed Memory from Nepomuk’s Dances by Marcelo Zarvos (b. 1969) in Beverly Hills, California on March 4, 2020.  Comprised of GianCarlo Lay, 16, from Carrollton, Texas, Ekdev Rajkitkul, 17, from Frisco, Texas, Austin Dreyer, 18, from Carrollton, Texas and  Peyton Joffre, 18, they were the Silver Medal winners of the Fischoff Competition’s Junior Wind Division in 2019. We'll hear them on the 10/4 episode.

Latin jazz clarinetist and composer Paquito D'Rivera is the special guest on the Sun 9/6/20 broadcast.