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From the Top, the nationwide program that showcases young classical musicians, recently announced that long-time host Christopher O'Riley is leaving the show.  O'Riley will be heard throughout the remainder of this season with some co-hosts and guest hosts making special appearances. O'Riley recorded his last program on June 5, 2018 and the 2018-2019 season will be the first without O'Riley.

Drums and Fun: August 2018

Jul 30, 2018
Douglas Waddell

The Percussion Scholarship group of Chicago features students grades three through twelve, that are selected for the group through a rigorous application and interview process, and are granted full scholarships. They have numerous compositions arranged especially for them by nationally known artists.

From the Top July 2018: Music Aids the Mind

Jun 25, 2018

On the first of July, From The Top will feature a musician who lives with Tourette's Syndrome. People with

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2/4        Where Are They Now VIII  Featuring music and interviews with From the Top alumni who are now professional musicians.

2/11      It’s an all-Minnesota show!  Enjoy a virtuosic performance of Ernesto Cavallini’s Adagio and Tarantella by 17-year-old clarinetist Anders Peterson, a teenage pianist shares the story of how he “handpicked” his stepfather when he was just four years old, and a brother and sister piano duo perform a raucous four-hands arrangement of Schubert’s Der Erlkonig.

June 2017 From the Top

May 29, 2017

6/4        From Longview, Texas we’ll hear the Quartet Diamant perform music by Ginastera, 12-year-old pianist Antonio (Nio) Ajero performes a Caprice by Paderewski, a 16-year-old flutists performs an Allegro from Taktakishvili’s Flute Sonata, and much more.

May 2017 From the Top

May 1, 2017

5/7        From the Top returns to the Aspen Music Festival and School, the summer home to many outstanding young musicians seeking to sharpen their performance skills, with a fantastic 17-year-old cellist who loves to explore the Rocky Mountain surroundings and a 14-year-old pianist performing Ligeti.

5/14      This week’s episode of From the Top showcases Cleveland’s vibrant classical music scene with performances from a violinist, bassoonist, and string octet all from the area.

April 2017 From the Top

Mar 27, 2017

4/2        From Louisville, Kentucky, we’ll hear a superb 17-year-old pianist from Brooklyn who wants to devote himself to the work of racially diversifying the world of classical music, a performance of Over the Rainbow performed on marimba by a local teen percussionist, and the Louisville Youth Orchestra perform a brand new piece by American composer Christopher Theofanidis.

March 2017 From the Top

Feb 27, 2017

Alongside performances from our country's best young musicians, From the Top will be playing highlights from a past program featuring young soloists from the Rochester area! The performance was with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, under our very own Ward Stare.  

3/5        A show presented by Artis-Naples in Naples, Florida, celebrates Florida’s young musical talent.  Performances at Hayes Hall by 14-year-old pianist Noah Waddell and 16-year-old oboist David Norville.

December 2016 Listings for From the Top

Nov 29, 2016

Missing summer yet?  From the top broadcasts from the best summer music institutes, including National Repertory Orchestra and Chautauqua Institution!

November 2016 Listings for From the Top

Oct 31, 2016

This month on From the Top, host Christopher O'Riley brings us performances from the best young  musicians in Texas, and we take a visit to the idyllic Idyllwild Arts Academy, this month on Classical 91.5.