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From the Top, hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.More from From the Top »

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Show 318 | Boston MA

Back at our home in Jordan Hall in Boston, this week's From the Top features a wonderful diversity of young musicians, including a teenage cellist who's making her way on her own in America after moving here from Belarus; a boy from Nashville, Tennessee, who's carrying on the great guitar tradition of that city; and a pianist from the Boston area who's just eleven years old.

Show 318 | Boston MA

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Show 335 | Danville KY

From Danville, Kentucky, this week's From the Top features a 10-year-old violinist performing the music of Edward Elgar — she also shares some colorful stories of growing up in Kentucky with her 6 siblings. Also on the program, a beautifully detailed classical guitar performance by a young man from South Carolina and Chopin performed by a talented teenager from Massachusetts.

Show 335 | Danville KY

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Show 326 | Cleveland OH

Recorded in front of a live audience in the television studios of Ideastream, Cleveland Ohio's public media station, this week's From the Top features an Octet of Cleveland area kids performing the music of Mendelssohn, we meet a young pianist who co-founded a youth orchestra as a teenager and a teenage bassoonist with an outspoken and playful personality performs the music of Weber.

Show 326 | Cleveland OH

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Show 327 | Aspen CO

From the Top returns to the Aspen Music Festival and School to feature the fantastic young musicians studying there during the summer. A 15-year-old pianist performs a thrilling piece by Gyorgy Ligeti, we meet a young harpist who at her young age has already soloed with the Israeli Philharmonic and gone on tour with a rock star, and a From the Top alum who became the first classical guitarist to graduate from Juilliard revisits the program.

Show 327 | Aspen CO

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O'Riley Talks Stravinsky and Iran with 18-yr-old Amir Siraj

This is a bonus content podcast for Show 334

O'Riley Talks Stravinsky and Iran with 18-yr-old Amir Siraj

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Show 334 | Boston MA

From Boston, Massachusetts, this week's program features a brilliant 12-year-old cellist from Hackensack, New Jersey performing a sonata by Shostakovich, we enjoy a beautifully detailed performance of a Sibelius Mazurka by a young violinist ... and we meet a teenager from Massachusetts, who, in addition to being an outstanding pianist, has also received serious recognition for his work in environmental science.

Show 334 | Boston MA

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The Future of Classical Music – with Maestra JoAnn Falletta and Christopher O_Riley

The Future of Classical Music – with Maestra JoAnn Falletta and Christopher O_Riley

The Future of Classical Music – with Maestra JoAnn Falletta and Christopher O_Riley

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Show 333 | Buffalo NY

From Buffalo, New York this week's episode features some of the best young musicians in the country performing concerto repertoire with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falletta. A 15-year-old pianist performs a frothy piano concerto movement by Beethoven, a teenage cellist, who's parents are actually players in the orchestra, performs Shostakovich ... and the Buffalo Phil plays a new work by an 18-year-old composer.

Show 333 | Buffalo NY

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Show 304 | Wellesley MA

From Wellesley, Massachusetts, this week's From the Top pays tribute to Jewish composers and Jewish music. A precocious 12-year-old violinist performs the music of George Gershwin; a young tenor performs his own composition inspired by the great twentieth century Jewish poet, Hannah Senesh; and the show's finale features the great sound of Klezmer music.

Show 304 | Wellesley MA

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HL-23

Featuring nearly twice as much music as From the Top's regular episodes, this "Mostly Music" highlights program celebrates some of the best performances by young people From the Top has presented over the past couple of seasons. We meet a wonderfully quirky 14-year-old cellist, enjoy Mozart performed by a teenager from New York State, and we hear perhaps the strongest teenage baritone From the Top has ever encountered sing the music of Schubert.

HL-23

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