July 28, 2011 Watch what happens when the celebrated cabaret artist sings Gershwin with a string quartet.
April 21, 2011 Small gestures can make a big difference when playing chamber music. Watch famed flutist James Galway teach young musicians the European style in a serenade by Beethoven.
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September 1, 2010 Melissa White almost called it quits with music. But she rekindled passion for her fiddle by teaching youngsters. Now she plays in a successful, innovative string quartet. Watch a video of her story.
July 26, 2010 The young musician started out playing the saxophone, but the minute he picked up a baton, he knew he wanted to conduct. Watch a video of Harada's transformation.
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.
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May 7, 2010 As a teenager in 2002, Matthew Muckey stunned a From the Top audience with his trumpeting skills. Now, he plays with the New York Philharmonic.
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.
January 12, 2010 Violist and From the Top alum Lauren Chipman enjoys erasing the borders between classical and pop music. She plays in a string quartet and an indie rock band, teaches classical music to kids and writes film scores. Watch a video of her story.
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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January 7, 2009 This week, from San Francisco's Herbst Theatre, a 12-year-old pianist confronts a tricky Hungarian Rhapsody, a teen string quartet plays music by Ravel, and a virtuoso clarinetist from Costa Rica confesses his nostalgia for soccer and salsa dancing.
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December 31, 2008 This week, gifted young musicians perform compositions by an America original — William Bolcom, who joins them in a concert of his music. A 17-year-old violinist plays the "Graceful Ghost" rag, a 14-year-old soprano enlivens a cabaret song, and a teen string quartet performs music Bolcom wrote at age 12.
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December 17, 2008 From the Allen Theater at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, home grown and international kids from age nine to 17 dig into the classics, producing impressive performances of works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Barrios and more.
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December 10, 2008 This week's From the Top comes from the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, where an 11-year-old violinist from Seattle plays introspective music by Ernest Bloch, a 17-year-old Chinese-born percussionist delivers a sparkling marimba solo, and a passionate 18-year-old pianist from Berkeley, California, plays Schumann. This program originally aired November 14, 2007.
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