The former Cat Stevens ranked among the top singer-songwriters of the '70s.
The band's The Return to Cookie Mountain stands as one of 2006's best albums.
From the Top host Chris O'Riley performs his own piano arrangement of the song "Videotape" by the rock band Radiohead. This segment originally aired on Mar. 21, 2007
Eighteen-year-old composer Stephen Feigenbaum wants to better integrate classical and pop music. "My goal is to compose music that is compositionally sound, but that draws an enormous audience of all types of people." Stephen's Serenade for Strings won him first place in the Senior Category of the MTNA Student Composition Competition in Massachusetts. This segment originally aired on Mar. 21, 2007
Daquise Montgomery got hooked on the flute after hearing his teacher play one in at school. Then the teacher got hooked on Daquise's fine cooking. To help his family save money, Daquise prepared meals for his teacher in exchange for flute lessons. He performs the Poem by Charles Tomlinson Griffes. This segment originally aired on Mar. 21, 2007
When Kerensa Gimre, 15, isn't practicing her piano, she has her nose deep inside college textbooks on chemistry, math and physics. "It's definitely a challenge to find time to practice at the moment," she says, "but it's something I love to do." Kerensa plays two Etudes by Alexander Scriabin (Op. 2, No. 1 and Op. 8, No. 2). This segment originally aired on Mar. 21, 2007
The band's ambitious new The Crane Wife, maintains an air of weird accessibility.
From the Top host Chris O'Riley performs his own arrangement of the song "Rider on the Wheel" by the late English singer-songwriter Nick Drake.
Seventeen-year-old Natalie Ballenger sings the role of Susanna, the chambermaid, to Angela Brown's Countess in a scene from Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro. With Susanna's help the Countess tries to regain her husband's love by setting up a secret meeting in the garden. Their duet is called "Che soave zeffiretto."
Seventeen-year-old Natalie Ballenger says that at birth she screamed so loudly the doctor remarked, "Wow, she sure has a set of lungs!" Ballenger says of her mother, "she knew then and there that I would be a singer." Ballenger performs the song "Miranda" by Richard Hageman.