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From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

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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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Interview with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Host Christopher O'Riley sits down with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music, to discuss Zhou's early life and career as well as his piece "Rhyme of Taigu" which was performed by the National Youth Orchestra of China on From the Top's Show 344.

Interview with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music

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Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA

From East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, this week's From the Top features more than 100 young musicians from across Mainland China in their first ever public performance as the National Youth Orchestra of China under the direction of Maestro Ludovic Morlot. We hear the full ensemble perform "Rhyme of Taigu" by Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer Zhou Long, a young clarinetist shares how he fell in love with the clarinet's sound at his first concert, and five members of the ensemble perform the energetic first movement of Francis Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet with Christopher O'Riley.

Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA

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10 questions for the great conductor Marin Alsop

Hear Marin Alsop, guest conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA and music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, tell Christopher O'Riley what's on her radio, what color she cannot wear, and what instrument she should have played and more.

10 questions for the great conductor Marin Alsop

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Show 343 | Purchase NY

From Purchase, New York, this week's From the Top highlights the 115 incredible young musicians that make up Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the USA. Featured on the program are four performances by the full ensemble under renowned conductor Marin Alsop including an adrenaline-inducing performance of John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" and a newly-commissioned work by composer Gabriela Lena Frank.

Show 343 | Purchase NY

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334 Bonus-O'Riley talks Stravinsky & Iran w Siraj

334 Bonus-O'Riley talks Stravinsky & Iran w Siraj

334 Bonus-O'Riley talks Stravinsky & Iran w 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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Piano Geek Special_ O_Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks

Piano Geek Special_ O_Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks

Piano Geek Special_ O_Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks

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Show 341 | Los Angeles CA

From a studio in Bridge Recording in Los Angeles, California, this week's From the Top has a decidedly more intimate feel. Featuring an all-California lineup, we enjoy two exciting performances by a young, award-winning violinist, a teenage pianist shares how he found joy while performing when he learned to just let go, and an outstanding violist performs a heartfelt interpretation Brahms's Sonata for Viola and Piano.

Show 341 | Los Angeles CA

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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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