November 23, 2015
From Big Sky, Montana, this week's program features a young pianist who conjures up a great seascape through his multi-layered performance of the music of Maurice Ravel, a flashy violin showpiece played by a fearless 14-year-old from Santa Fe, and a local trumpet player who¾when she's not practicing scales¾is out running marathons across the Montana landscape.
November 16, 2015
This highlight episode features the favorite pieces of renowned musician Gunther Schuller, performed by From the Top alumni. The show includes the world premiere of a piece Gunther wrote when he was just 19 years old.
November 9, 2015
From Atlanta, Georgia, this week's episode features a thrilling performance by a local public school choir, a 14-year-old cellist performs Tchaikovsky's Pezzo capriccioso with tremendous warmth and spirit, and we'll meet a young organist with a great story of how his devotion to musical scholarship got him into a bit of trouble¾his local library once threatened him with over $2000 in fines for keeping so many musical scores out beyond their due date.
November 2, 2015
From the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, this week's From the Top features a remarkably bold and confident performance by a 14-year-old violinist from South Florida, a young soprano from New Orleans performing a musical setting of one of Emily Dickinson's poems, and an oboist who, in addition to possessing an enormous library of classical music, is a wonderful teenage spokesperson for the genre.
October 26, 2015
From the Top returns to the Aspen Music Festival and School to celebrate the young musicians who gather there to study and perform during the summer. A pianist who's just twelve years old performs the music of Robert Schumann, we'll experience a deeply emotional double bass performance by a young man from Seattle, and we'll hear about a wonderful outreach program called "Back to Bach," founded by a 15-year-old cellist on the program.
October 19, 2015
Featuring nearly twice as much music as From the Top's regular episodes, this highlights program celebrates some of the best performances by young people From the Top has presented over the past couple of seasons. An irresistibly charming 11-year-old violinist performs the music of Claude Debussy, a teenage soprano describes her charmed meeting with the great opera diva Renee Fleming, and we'll hear one of the greatest young trumpet players we've ever had on the program perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
October 12, 2015
This week's From the Top features students studying at one of America's most famous training programs for young musicians—the Interlochen Arts Academy—in rural Michigan. We meet the winners of the Academy's concerto competition, and the mighty Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performs a world premiere inspired by the story of The Three Musketeers.
October 5, 2015
From the Bravo! Vail Festival in Vail, Colorado, this week's From the Top features one of the top training orchestras in the United States: The National Repertory Orchestra. We'll enjoy the youthful energy of this ensemble in performances of the music of Falla and Poulenc. Also, a gifted teenage violinist from Washington State shares the moving story of how music transformed her from a completely emotionally shut-down child to a vivacious leader in her youth orchestra.
September 28, 2015
From Denver, Colorado, this week's episode features a special guest appearance by one of America's finest living film composers, Danny Elfman. Our young musicians perform arrangements of his music from the soundtracks of "Milk" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Mr. Elfman also shares stories from his own colorful teenage years, and a phenomenal 17-year-old from New York performs the music of Lowell Liebermann.
September 21, 2015
From the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, today's show features a virtuosic teenage recorder player (a rare breed in this country) who is not only an amazing musician, but also a formidable researcher of the Baroque era. Also, a 16-year-old pianist performs a Chopin favorite, and a young violinist shares a humorous tale of teenage romance.