Ward's folk-blues take on Americana has won him a place among the nation's top singer-songwriters.
Trumpeter and composer Tomasz Stanko brings introspective European cool to an American genre.
It's day two of a visit with the Takacs Quartet in the Performance Today studios.
Gabriela Montero performs an improvisation around "You Are My Sunshine."
The country/bluegrass quintet has a hard-edged attitude and a vibrant style that's hard to resist.
Greg Anderson's passion for piano verged on obsession when he appeared on the show six years ago. Then 18, the pianist and composer performed Ravel's Toccatta from Le Tombeau de Couperin, as well as his own "Star Wars" Fantasy.
Five years ago, Lin Ong was one of two female percussionists in her high school band. The 16-year-old wowed the From the Top audience with her performance of Toshiro Mayuzumi's Concertino for Xylophone and Orchestra.
Host Christopher O'Riley performs Elliott Smith's "Roman Candle."
At 17, Sean Hennessey was playing trumpet and composing, but he dreamed of playing one of his own compositions with the Chicago or New York Philharmonic. The teen had been studying with his idol, trumpet master Wynton Marsalis, since he was 12. During his appearance on the show six years ago, he performed Ernest Bloch's Proclamation.
When Victoria Bass appeared on the show five years ago, she was a student at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Then 18 years old, she had plans to pursue a career as a cellist, and impressed the audience with her performance of Luigi Boccherini's Sonata for Cello No. 6 in A, 1st mvt.