A brilliant teen guitarist who is a refugee from Iran shares his music & story.

Parsa Sabet Rasekhi talks with host Christopher O'Riley about his journey to America and then performs his own composition, "Snowflight."

A brilliant teen guitarist who is a refugee from Iran shares his music & story.

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Show 351 | Las Vegas NV

Recorded live in Las Vegas for the very first time, this week's episode of From the Top comes from the Smith Center and features an outstanding cast of young musicians from Nevada and beyond. A piano duo performs an electrifying piece for four-hands, a teenage guitarist shares his incredibly moving story about fleeing from his home country to study music in America, and a 13-year-old violinist wows the audience with two high-flying pieces.

Show 351 | Las Vegas NV

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Piano Geek Discussion 1

O'Riley and teen pianist discuss favorite piano tracks.

Piano Geek Discussion 1

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Show 341 | Los Angeles CA

From a studio in Bridge Recording in Los Angeles, California, this week's From the Top has a decidedly more intimate feel. Featuring an all-California lineup, we enjoy two exciting performances by a young, award-winning violinist, a teenage pianist shares how he found joy while performing when he learned to just let go, and an outstanding violist performs a heartfelt interpretation Brahms's Sonata for Viola and Piano.

Show 341 | Los Angeles CA

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The Rise of the Sax Quartet

Host Christopher O'Riley speaks with a teen saxophone quartet and their coach about the growing popularity of saxophone quartet music and why sax quartets are so versatile.

The Rise of the Sax Quartet

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Show 350 | San Antonio TX

From the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas, this week's inspiring recording of From the Top features a fantastic line-up of all-Texas performers alongside special guests Black Violin! We'll meet a young bassoonist who's willing and able to play any instrument his band director needs covered, an award-winning saxophone quartet performs an exquisite piece by Guillermo Lago, and all the young performers join guests Black Violin on stage for their fun reimagining of "Simple Gifts" by Joseph Brackett.

Show 350 | San Antonio TX

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Show 340 | Atlanta GA

This week From the Top comes from the Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. In honor of that setting, the young performers celebrate Jewish themed music and the music of Jewish composers. We'll hear a teenage violinist perform Ravel's gorgeous Kaddish, a wonderful Atlanta-based youth choir sings a piece by a contemporary Jewish composer, and we'll meet a young guitar player who is one part Texan and one part Israeli.

Show 340 | Atlanta GA

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Chris talks Armenian music with superb teen violinist

Host Christopher O'Riley discusses great Armenian music with the young Armenian violinist, Haig Hovsepian

Chris talks Armenian music with superb teen violinist

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The Passion of Schumann according to Goldberg

Host Christopher O'Riley and 17-year-old violinist Alexander Franco Goldberg from Redwood City, California discuss Robert Schumann's Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor.

The Passion of Schumann according to Goldberg

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Show 349 | Boston MA

This week's show comes from our hometown of Boston, Massachusetts where we meet an accomplished local pianist who made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 7, a young musician who's the second ever double bassist to win the prestigious Stulberg International Strings Competition performs Bottesini, and we get to know a teenage violinist who is also a whiz at New York Times crossword puzzles.

Show 349 | Boston MA

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Show HL-26

Featuring nearly twice as much music as From the Top's regular episodes, this highlights program celebrates some of the best performances young people have given on From the Top over the past couple of seasons. Amongst the extraordinary young people featured on this episode, we meet the youngest artist ever to record all of the Chopin Etudes with a major label ... and a violinist who, at the age of 9, isn't big enough for a full-sized violin ... but the sound produces fills the theater and brings down the house.

Show HL-26

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How to write music when you feel stuck

Christopher O'Riley and 18-year-old composer Andrew Guo discuss the compositional assignments behind his piece "7 Images for Piano."

How to write music when you feel stuck

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Show 339 | Miami FL

This week's From the Top comes from Miami, Florida where we got to hear a talented local teenager perform the music of Schumann and enjoy his stories of growing up in the Cuban community of Miami. Also featured on the show is an eleven-year-old pianist who performs two works by Chopin, and a violinist performs the beautiful and dramatic second movement from César Franck's Sonata for Violin and Piano.

Show 339 | Miami FL

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Why does Chicago produce such amazing teenage chamber music?

Christopher O'Riley speaks to three leaders of the music teaching community in Chicago

Why does Chicago produce such amazing teenage chamber music?

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Show 348 | Highwood, IL

From the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood, Illinois, this week's From the Top features a line-up of all Chicago-area young musicians, including a fantastic teenage piano trio playing Cassado and seven members of the Percussion Scholarship Group of Chicago.

Show 348 | Highwood, IL

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From the Top Music Rehearsal / The Passion of Piazzolla

Christopher O'Riley coaches a brilliant young cellist through Piazzolla's "Le Grand Tango"

From the Top Music Rehearsal / The Passion of Piazzolla

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Show 331 | Honolulu HI

From the Top returns to Honolulu, Hawaii with a program that features the excellent Hawaii Youth Symphony Orchestra performing a wonderful work inspired by vintage popular music from the islands ... We hear this year's 13-year-old junior winner of the prestigious Menuhin International Violin Competition and perform the music of Prokofiev ... and we meet a 15-year-old clarinetist who got his start in the visionary free urban music training programs of Los Angeles.

Show 331 | Honolulu HI

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The making of a new Hawaiian opera

Composer Herbert Mahelona discusses his opera Ha'upu

The making of a new Hawaiian opera

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Show 330 | Kea'au HI

From the town of Kea'au on the "Big Island" of Hawaii, this week's program features a young Hawaiian vocal ensemble performing segments from an opera inspired by Hawaiian myth and sung in the Hawaiian language. Also a young violinist who grew up in a very unusual home deep in the woods and totally off the power grid, performs the lyrical music of William Grant Still.

Show 330 | Kea'au HI

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Getting into the musical weeds with Kirchner

Christopher O'Riley and teen pianist Evren Ozel discuss the literary underpinnings of Kirchner's "Interlude One"

Getting into the musical weeds with Kirchner

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Show 329 | St Paul MN

From St. Paul, Minnesota, this week's program features all Minnesota performers. We'll enjoy a virtuosic performance of Ernesto Cavallini's Adagio and Tarantella by 17-year-old clarinetist Anders Peterson, a teenage pianist shares the story of how he handpicked his stepfather when he was four years old, and and a brother and sister piano duo perform a raucous four-hands arrangement of Schubert's Der Erlkonig.

Show 329 | St Paul MN

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Married alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz sing Gershwin

"Embraceable You" by George and Ira Gershwin sung by From the Top married Alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz.

Married alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz sing Gershwin

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Show HL-27 | Highlights Show

Featuring music and interviews with From the Top alumni who are now professional musicians, this "Where Are They Now" episode brings a delightful mix of performances of Ravel, Gershwin, Schumann, and an original work from one of From the Top's up-and-coming composer alumni.

Show HL-27 | Highlights Show

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What's German about Nikolai Medtner

Host Christopher O'Riley and 16-year-old pianist Wenfang Han discuss the roots and musical motifs of the fifth movement Nikolai Medtner's Sonata Tragica.

What's German about Nikolai Medtner

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