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March 14, 2015 The venturesome duo plays visionary Beethoven, heartbreaking Janáček and a piece by Philip Glass that unfolds like a lullaby.
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Pianist Christopoher O'Riley thinks industry insiders should take notice of the changing world classical music inhabits.
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January 25, 2011 We should be putting our ears right to the rails of technology, societal attitudes, professional responsibilities and communal conscience. We in the classical industry are listening not wisely (nor widely) nor too well.
June 23, 2010 Nadine Sierra first performed on From the Top at age 15. Five years later, she became the youngest soprano ever to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Hear her story of persistence.
Watch a video about bassist Evan Premo.
March 30, 2010 In 2002, 17-year-old musician Evan Premo appeared on From the Top. Little did he know it then, but someone special out there in radio land was listening. Watch the video of how boy meets double bass, then meets girl.
November 18, 2009 Years after suffering a debilitating hand injury, young violinist Maya Shankar recently made a joyful return to music. Here, she returns to From the Top, the classical kids program that celebrates its 10-year anniversary by checking back with some of its alumni.
November 6, 2009 Ravel's piano suite Le Tombeau de Couperin harkens back to old music and old friends. Pianist Christopher O'Riley renews his love for the piece, which captivated him as a young conservatory student. Watch him perform the opening "Prelude."
Violinlist William Harvey teaches a student in the Philippines.
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September 5, 2009 The radio showcase for young musicians hits its 10-year mark and celebrates by checking back with some of its most illustrious alums. They include William Harvey, who played on the pilot edition of From the Top and now heads his own organization, promoting cultural harmony through music.
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September 17, 2008 O'Riley enjoys his Bach and Beethoven, but he's also a serious fan of pop music and jazz: He's recorded piano arrangements of songs by Radiohead and Nick Drake. O'Riley's latest passion is the adventurous jazz trio The Bad Plus.
September 10, 2008 From Boston's New England Conservatory, an 18-year-old pianist plays Chopin, a teen string quartet performs Beethoven and renowned violinist Hilary Hahn collaborates with young musicians who are just about the age she was when her concert career took off.
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November 4, 2007 The adventurous pianist is a throwback to classical musicians of the past who blurred the line between classical and popular music. O'Riley, inspired by his favorite pop artists such as Radiohead, transforms their songs into intricate piano solos.
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