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.
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.
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 the story of how persistence, and a nudge from Marilyn Horne, helped with her victory.
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.
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."
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.