Christopher O’Riley hosts each one-hour program, presenting five young performers or ensembles taped before a live audience in major performance centers across the country, such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall, and New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Listeners enjoy a continually fun and engaging program brimming with innovative features. From the Top includes renowned guest artists from a wide spectrum of the music world who perform and interact with the program’s young musicians. Guest artists on From the Top have included violinist Joshua Bell, bassist/composer Edgar Meyer, folk legend Judy Collins, fiddler Mark O’Connor, and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.
Peppered throughout each episode are a variety of entertaining additions such as lively pre-produced segments presented by the show’s bright and spirited roving reporter, 12-year-old Caeli Smith. Amidst all of this, host Christopher O’Riley accompanies the young performers on the piano and even has been known to engage in a friendly game of “dueling pianos” in which he swaps classical “licks” to stump or be stumped by a guest pianist.
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