A brilliant teen guitarist and refugee shares his music

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

A brilliant teen guitarist and refugee shares his music

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Show 351 | Las Vegas NV

From Las Vegas this week's episode features a teenage piano performing a bombastic piece for two pianos by Lutoslawski, a young guitarist shares his moving story about fleeing Iran to study music in America, and a 13-year-old violinist wows the audience with Paul Nero's whimsical show piece "Hot Canary."

Show 351 | Las Vegas NV

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The Kids Are Alright

Conductor JoAnn Falletta and host Christopher O'Riley discuss the state of music training and education in the United States.

The Kids Are Alright

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Show 333 | Buffalo NY

From Buffalo, New York this week's episode features some of the best young musicians in the country performing concerto repertoire with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falletta. A 15-year-old pianist performs a frothy piano concerto movement by Beethoven, a teenage cellist, who's parents are actually players in the orchestra, performs Shostakovich ... and the Buffalo Phil plays a new work by an 18-year-old composer.

Show 333 | Buffalo NY

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Show 357 | Kalamazoo MI

From one of the most prestigious teenage music competitions in the country, this episode of From the Top doubles as a documentary featuring the Stulberg International String Competition! In addition to adrenaline-filled performances from three young musicians striving for first prize, we'll hear from the organization's executive director and one of the judges.

Show 357 | Kalamazoo MI

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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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Married alums perform Gershwin

Peter Dugan and Kara Dugan sing Gershwin's "Embraceable You."

Married alums perform Gershwin

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Show HL27

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 HL27

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O'Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian

O'Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian

O'Riley gets a few tips about Armenian music from Armenian-American teen violinist, Haig Hovsepian

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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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Robert Siegel on his own Youth and Music

Host Christopher O'Riley interviews emeritus host of NPR's All Things Considered, Robert Siegel

Robert Siegel on his own Youth and Music

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Show 356 | Boston MA

Recorded live on stage during From the Top's Annual Gala in Boston, this episode features incredible young musicians and a special appearance by NPR's All Things Considered Emeritus Host Robert Siegel. We hear a soprano sing a beautifully ethereal piece by Debussy, a teenage violinist shares how his love of hip-hop inspires him to communicate the power of music to his audiences, and a 10-year-old pianist from Missouri performs an exquisite piece by Chopin.

Show 356 | Boston MA

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The Passion of Schumann according to Goldberg

Host Christopher O'Riley talks with 17-year-old violinist Alexander Goldberg discuss the work of Robert Schumann.

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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Shaping a Phrase with a Percussion Instrument

Host Christopher O'Riley and 17-year-old percussionist Gabriel Costache discuss how to make percussion instruments "sing."

Shaping a Phrase with a Percussion Instrument

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Show 332 | Austin TX

From Austin, Texas, this week's From the Top features a nuanced and emotional performance of Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G Sharp Minor, opus 32 by a 14-year-old pianist from California, we'll meet a teenage oboist local to Austin who's also been a world champion knife thrower ... and a young percussionist from Denver performs a mesmerizing piece on the marimba.

Show 332 | Austin TX

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Stravinsky & Iran

Host Christopher O'Riley talks with teenage pianist Amir Siraj about Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Amir's Iranian heritage.

Stravinsky & Iran

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Show 334 | Boston MA

From Boston, Massachusetts, this week's program features a brilliant 12-year-old cellist from Hackensack, New Jersey performing a sonata by Shostakovich, we enjoy a beautifully detailed performance of a Sibelius Mazurka by a young violinist ... and we meet a teenager from Massachusetts, who, in addition to being an outstanding pianist, has also received serious recognition for his work in environmental science.

Show 334 | Boston MA

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Why does Chicago produce such amazing teenage chamber music_

Christopher O'Riley speaks with three leading teachers of Chicago's teenager chamber music scene.

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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Show 337 | York PA

From York, Pennsylvania, this week's From the Top features outstanding young musicians soloing with the York Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Lawrence Golan. We'll enjoy a 17-year-old's performance of one of Schumann's most beautiful works for cello, a teenager that switched his focus from soccer to clarinet thanks to a life-changing concert experience, and a young violinist tackles Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the York Symphony Orchestra.

Show 337 | York PA

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Fattening up your 16th notes — Christopher O_Riley coaches a young violinist

Host Christopher O'Riley coaches 14-year-old violinist, Sena Cho in a rehearsal of the first movement of the Grieg Violin Sonata.

Fattening up your 16th notes — Christopher O_Riley coaches a young violinist

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Show 336 | Longview TX

From Longview, Texas this week's program features a 12-year-old pianist from East Texas performing the music of Paderewski, a heartfelt performance of Faure's "Elegy" performed by a teenager from the Chicago area and we'll hear a moving from the young flutist on the program who's rancher grandfather sold much of his herd of cattle to support her musical studies.

Show 336 | Longview TX

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