August 29 (repeated September 1)
This week's From the Top comes to you from Fraser Performance Studio at WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts, where you'll meet a young violinist who shared her music with her severely autistic brother and watched him use a song to be able to express his emotions for the very first time. You'll also hear an outstanding soprano sing "The Lordly Hudson" by Ned Rorem, and hear a trio of teens play the vivacious final movement of the Brahms Second Piano Trio.
Performers and repertoire:
Violinist Chelsea Kim, age 17 from Wellesley, MA performing the Romance in F minor, Op.11, by Antonín Dvořák, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Pianist/composer Tengku Irfan, pianist/composer, age 14 from Malaysia and currently living in New York, New York, performing the Hungarian Rhapsody No.11 in A minor, S.244 by Franz Liszt.
Soprano Tatum Robertson, soprano, age 17 from New Orleans, Louisiana, and a student at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts singing "The Lordly Hudson" by Ned Rorem, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Cellist Ju Hyun Lee, age 17 from Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, performing Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
The Back Bay Trio: Kate Arndt, violin, age 15 from Littleton, Massachusetts, Zlatomir Fung, cello, age 13 from Westborough, Massachusetts, and Daniel Kim, piano, age 16 from Lexington, Massachusetts, coached by Trio Cleonice at New England Conservatory Preparatory, performing IV. Finale: Allegro giocoso from the Piano Trio No.2 in C major, Op.87 by Johannes Brahms.
September 5 (repeated September 8)
San Marcos, Texas
This week, From the Top is at the Texas State International Piano Festival at Texas State University. You’ll hear students from the festival perform solo, in a piano duo, and even in a five piano arrangement of “Stars and Stripes Forever!”
Elbert Gong, age 16 from Belle Mead, New Jersey, performing "Ondine" from Gaspard de la Nuit by Maurice Ravel.
The Brioso Trio featuring 11-year-old violinist Hannah Ryu from Lexington, Massachusetts, 12-year-old cellist Evan Hsu from Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and 13-year-old pianist Andrew Li from Lexington, Massachusetts, performing I. Allegro from the Piano Trio in C major, Hob. XV:27 by Franz Joseph Haydn.
The Festival Duo featuring pianist J.T. Hassell, age 16 from Amarillo, Texas, and pianist Melvina Kuoshu, age 14 from Greer, South Carolina, performing II. Moderé and III. Brazileira from Scaramouche, Suite for Two Pianos, Op.165b by Darius Milhaud.
Composer J.P. Redmond, age 13 from Yonkers, New York (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist), performing his "Three Poems to Sing" for voice and piano, featuring FTT alum Kara Sainz, mezzo-soprano (Show 211/Santa Barbara) and Christopher O'Riley, piano.
I. There Was an Old Person (Edward Lear)
II. The Eagle (Lord Alfred Tennyson)
III. How Doth the Little Crocodile (Lewis Carroll)
5-piano concert finale: "Stars and Stripes Forever, Homage to Cohan and Sousa" by Peter Petroff (b.1942).
Christopher O'Riley, piano 1
18-year-old Martin Kesuma, age 18 from Jakarta, Indonesia, piano 2
23-year-old Jenny Park, age 23 from Fort Worth, Texas, piano 3
15-year-old Helen Nebeker from Austin, Texas, piano 4
14-year-old Eunice Lee from Austin, Texas, piano 5
September 12 (repeated September 8)
This week, From the Top is in sunny Tucson, Arizona at Centennial Hall. This show is being presented by UAPresents.
Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist violinist Elli Choi, age 11 from New York, New York performing I. Allegro vivo from the Sonata in G minor for Violin and Piano by Claude Debussy, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Pianist Cameron Williams, age 13 from Tucson, Arizona performing Suggestion Diabolique, Op.4, No.4 by Sergei Prokofiev.
Cellist Daniel Kaler, age 15 from Wilmette, Illinois performing “Chant du Ménestrel” (Minstrel’s Song), Op. 71 by Alexander Glazunov, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Guitarist Augustus “Gus” Woodrow-Tomizuka, age 17 from Tucson, Arizona performing Grande Ouverture, Op.61 by Mauro Giuliani.
Trumpet player Elmer Churampi, trumpet, age 16, from Lima, Peru and studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy performing Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, arr. Timofei Dokschizer.
September 19 (repeated September 8)
This week, From the Top returns to Aspen Music Festival and School for a performance in Harris Hall.
Angela Wee, violin, age 16 from Woodbury, New York, performing the Waltz-Scherzo, Op.34 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Sterling Elliott, cello, age 14 from Newport News, Virginia, (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) performing III. Introduction: Andante – Allegro Vivace from the Cello Concerto in D minor by Édouard Lalo, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Brian Mangrum, horn, age 18, from Montreal, Canada, performing Villanelle for Horn and Piano by Paul Dukas, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Jia Cheng Xiong, piano, age 15 from China, performing “Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses” and “Général Lavine – eccentric” from Préludes, Book II, by Claude Debussy.
Alumni Piano Trio performing IV. Finale: Allegro assai appassionato (est 5:30 w/cuts) from the Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op.49, by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847).
Haruno Sato, violin, age 18, from Cleveland, OH
Adria Ye, piano, age 15, now in NYC at Juilliard Pre-College
Austin Huntington, cello, age 19, South Bend, IN
Finale: Colton Peltier, piano, age 19 from Hastings, Minnesota, performing "Feux Follets" from Transcendental Etude No.5 in B-flat major by Franz Liszt.
September 26 (repeated September 8)
This week, From the Top is at the Mesa Arts Center with a show that features a 17-year-old cellist and a 16-year-old clarinetist who are local to the area, as well as the Phoenix Children’s Chorus performing a work by a 17-year-old composer from Denver, Colorado. Also featured on the broadcast: a 15-year-old violinist from Chicago, Illinois, and a 14-year-old pianist from Danville, California.
Austen Yueh, clarinet, age 16 from Scottsdale, Arizona performing IV. Molto Allegro from the Sonata in E-flat for Clarinet and Piano, Op.167 by Camille Saint-Saëns, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Jangwoo "Peter" Eom, cello, age 17 from Gilbert, Arizona performing III. Allegro Molto Vivace from the Sonata for Solo Cello, Op.8 by Zoltán Kodály.
Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Adé Williams, violin, age 15 from Chicago, Illinois performing IV. Presto agitato from the Sonata No.3 in D minor for Violin and Piano, Op.108 by Johannes Brahms, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Christopher Son Richardson, piano, age 14 from Danville, California performing III. Allegro con brio, ma non leggiere from Sonata No.4 in C minor, Op.29 by Sergei Prokofiev.
Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Trey Pernell, composer, age 17 from Denver, Colorado, with the Phoenix Children's Chorus, Ron Carpenter, artistic director. The Phoenix Children's Chorus will perform Trey's "O Captain! My Captain!" based on the Walt Whitman poem.
October 3 (repeated September 8)
From the Top tapes its NPR show at Hugh Hodgson Hall at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. This broadcast features a local 19-year-old cellist as well as a trio from Minneapolis, Minnesota. You’ll also meet an 18-year-old guitarist from New York, a 17-year-old pianist from Madison, Wisconson, and a 17-year-old violinist from Overland Park, Kansas.
The Hartman-Warren-Doyle Trio from Minneapolis, Minnesota performing
the first movement, Moderato Assai, from the Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15 by Bedřich Smetana
18-year-old guitar player Bokyung Byun from New York, New York performing
"Recuerdos de la Alhambra" (Memories of the Alhambra) by Francisco Tárrega
17-year-old pianist Ariela Bohrod from Madison, Wisconson performing
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op.22 by Frédéric Chopin
19-year-old cellist Wickliffe Simmons from Atlanta, Georgia performing
"Kaddish" by Maurice Ravel
17-year-old violinist Maria Ioudenitch from Overland Park, Kansas performing
Scherzo-Tarantelle, Op.16 by Henryk Wieniawski
October 10 (repeated September 8)
On this highlight show, From The Top showcases will showcase favorite moments from past From the Top shows.
Performers and repertoire to be announced.
October 17 (repeated September 8)
Bogota, ColombiaThis week, From the Top brings you their first-ever international show! From the Top Colombia, a collaboration between From the Top, Batuta (Colombia’s national youth music program), and the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia (Colombia’s national youth orchestra), was one of the most inspiring and rewarding shows on which we’ve ever had the pleasure of working. This show is dedicated to the memory of Maestro Matthew Hazelwood.
Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, Luis Guillermo, Conductor performs "Batalla Imperial" from Tiento del Primer Tono y Batalla Imperial by Cristóbal Halffter
Christopher O'Riley, piano, Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, Luis Guillermo, conductor performs variations 19–24 from the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43, by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, Luis Guillermo, conductor performs Death and Transfiguration, Op.24 by Richard Strauss
Allegro Ensemble, Martha Sofía Rivera, Director performs "El Abrazo" by Gustavo Adolfo Renjifo, arr. Martha Sofía Rivera, and "Te Olvidé" by Antonio María Peñaloza, arr. Martha Sofía Rivera.
Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, Luis Guillermo, conductor performs "Colombia Tierra Querida" (Colombia Beloved Land), a "cumbia" or dance style folk tune.
October 24 (repeated September 8)
Vermillion, South Dakota
University of South Dakota in a live taping event presented by the National Music Museum.
The Luna String Quartet
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
18-year-old saxophone player Jon Corin from Sarasota, Florida
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
13-year-old violinist Maya Anjali Buchanan from Rapid City, South Dakota
15-year-old pianist Evan Lee from Brooklyn, New York
October 31 (repeated September 8)
This week, From the Top broadcasts from the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas where you’ll hear a cellist from Houston play Sarasate and a teenage baritone sing Schubert. Finally, you’ll hear the Houston Youth Symphony play Beethoven.
Cellist Charles Seo, 16, from Houston, TX performs "Zigeunerweisen" by Pablo de Sarasate, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano
Horn player Shelby Nugent, 18, from Waterloo, IL performs I. Massig bewegt from the Sonata in F major by Paul Hindemith, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano
Pianist Esther Liao, 15, from Houston, TX performs "La Campanella" from Grandes études de Paganini, S.141, No.3 in G-sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Baritone Aaron Bigeleisen, 17, from Pittsford, NY Performs "Kriegers Ahnung" from "Schwanengesang," D.957 by Franz Schubert, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano
Houston Youth Symphony, Michael Webster, Artistic Director and Conductor, performs Leonore Overture No.3, Op.72b from "Fidelio" by Ludwig van Beethoven
November 7 (repeated September 8)
Bowling Green, Ohio
This week, From the Top broadcasts from Kobacker Hall at Bowling Green State University in a show presented by Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts. This show will feature a young composer as well as the winner of the 2013 BGSU Dubois Piano Competition.
15-year-old violinist Sein An (Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist) from Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
15-year-old pianist Patrick Pan from Houston, Texas
Quartet Lumiére: students at the Music Institute of Chicago, coached by Mark Dreher, performing the first movement from String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Edvard Grieg.
16-year-old violinist Gallia Kastner from Arlington Heights, Illinois
18-year-old violinist Rebecca Benjamin from Warsaw, Indiana
15-year-old violist Mira Williams from Chicago, Illinois
15-year-old cellist Josiah Yoo from Northbrook, Illinois
16-year-old double bassist Lena Goodson from York, Pennsylvania
17-year-old composer Chason Goldfinger from Malvern, Pennsylvania. Quartet Lumiére will perform the fourth movement, Salamandrae (Fire), from his original composition: String Quartet No. 1, "Elemental", Op. 15.
November 14 (repeated September 8)
New Albany, Ohio
This week, From the Top comes to you from the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany, Ohio. Today you’ll meet a teenage percussionist with such huge, curly hair that a sparrow once built a nest in it. You’ll also hear a 16-year-old cellist perform the fanciful Capriccio by Lucas Foss.
Flutist Audrey Watkins, age 17 from Worthington, OH performs the final movement of the Sonata for Flute and Piano by Jindřich Feld with Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Percussionist Eric Goldberg, age 17 from Chicago, IL performs "Scirocco" for solo marimba by Michael Burritt.
Pianist Eden Chen, age 13 from Rowland Heights, CA, performing "Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto" S.434, by Franz Liszt
Mittelpunkt Duo: Michaella Cipriani, mezzo-soprano, age 17 from Westerville, OH & Eva Kennedy, viola, age 18 from Worthington, OH performing "Geistliches Wiegenlied" (Sacred Lullaby) from Two Songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op.91, No.2 by Johannes Brahms with Christopher O'Riley, piano.
Cellist Bryan Park, age 16 from Bloomington, IN performing "Capriccio" by Lukas Foss, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.
November 21 (repeated September 8)
This week, From the Top is broadcasting from their hometown, Boston, Massachusetts, from the legendary Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory of Music.
Performers and repertoire to be announced.
November 28 (repeated September 8)
Princeton, New Jersey
This week's From the Top, from Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University, celebrates the 75th anniversary of the American Boychoir. You'll hear them perform all show long and also meet two outstanding teenage strings players, who will perform Gabriel Fauré and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Additionally, four members of the American Boychoir join forces to sing "I Love That Old Barbershop Style" by Einar Pederson.
The American Boychoir from Princeton, New Jersey, performs "Ubi Caritas", from "Four Motets on Gregorian Themes," Op.10, No.1 by Maurice Duruflé. Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, music director.
The American Boychoir Barbershop Quartet performs "I Love That Old Barbershop Style" by Einar Pederson.
Violinist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Gallia Kastner, 16, from Arlington Heights, Illinois, performs the Waltz-Scherzo, Op.34 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The American Boychoir performs "When I'm 64" by The Beatles), arr. Deke Sharon. Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, music director.
Cellist Julia Rosenbaum, 17, from Potomac, Maryland, performs "Elegy" by Gabriel Fauré
The American Boychoir, violinist Gallia Kastner, cellist Julia Rosenbaum, and organist Kerry Heimann perform Versus II and III of "Christ Lag in Todes Banden", Cantata No.4 by Johann Sebastian Bach. Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, music director.
The American Boychoir performs The Stars & Stripes Forever by John Phillip Sousa, arr. John Kuzma. Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, music director.
December 5 (repeated September 8)
This week, From the Top is in Stanford, California, at Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University in a live taping presented by Stanford Live.
Performers and repertoire to be announced.
December 12 (repeated September 8)
El Paso, Texas
This week, From the Top comes to you from the historic Plaza Theater in El Paso, Texas, where you'll hear an extraordinary 13-year-old clarinetist performing Concertino, Op.26 by Carl Maria von Weber and meet a charming 11-year-old harpist who will play the music of Reinhold Gliere. Also, a 19-year-old organist treats us to a performance on the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ.
Clarinetist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Andrew Moses, 13, from Culver City, California, performs Concertino, Op.26 by Carl Maria von Weber
Organist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist David von Behren, 19, from Falls City, Nebraska, performs IV. Toccata from Suite Gothique, Op.25 by Léon Boëllmann
Harpist Lucy Ann Sotak, 11, from Arvada, Colorado, performs Impromptu, Op.35, No.9 by Reinhold Glière
Violinist Wesley Yu, 16, from El Paso, Texas, performs Polonaise Brillante No.1 in D major, Op.4 by Henryk Wieniawski
The Jin Duo (pianists Julian Jenson, 17, from Hemet, California, and Vuthithorn Chinthammit, 17, from Bangkok, Thailand) performs Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos by Witold Lutoslawski
December 19 (repeated September 8)
Wingate, North Carolina
This week, From the Top comes to you from Wingate, North Carolina, where we are taping at the Batte Center at Wingate University.
Performers and repertoire to be announced.
December 26 (repeated September 8)
Where Are They Now?
On this highlight show, From The Top showcases past alumni and outlines what they are doing now.
29-year-old pianist Gabriela Martinez from New York, New York performs the first movement, Moderato Cantabile Molto Espressivo, from Sonata No 31 in A Flat Major by Ludwig van Beethoven.
20-year-old composer Peng-Peng Gong from New York, New York featuring his own composition, Death of the Honeybees; Suite No. 1 from the 2 Act Ballet (based on the tragic fairytale by He Shu-Kun) Act I, Scene I “City Scenes” and Act I, Scene II “The Dance of the Boy.”
The Mobius Trio which includes alumnus Mason Fish, 25-year-old guitarist, performing "First Light" by Dan Becker from the Mobius Trio's CD titled "First Light." The other two members of the Mobius Trio are guitarists Matthew Holmes-Linder and Robert Nance.
22-year-old French horn player Eliodoro Vallecillo, from Salinas, California, performing "Morceau de Concert" by Camille Saint-Saëns.
27-year-old violinist Bella Hristiova performs the fourth movement, Gigue, from the Partita No 2 in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach from her new CD titled "Bella Unaccompanied."