From The Top: On the Stage and In the Classroom

From The Top at Lincoln Elementary

From the Top, a radio show that features young classical music talent from around the nation, airs on Classical 90.5 each Sunday at 6pm. Listen below to 5 vignettes by Sara Soltau, our education programs manager, who spent time behind the scenes with the cast for the Louisville show. Hear the stories of High-Schoolers Aubree Oliverson, Ayana Teruchi, Clayton Stephenson, and Cole Gregory as they did outreach at Western Middle, Lincoln Elementary, YPAS, and Fairdale during the week of the Louisville show. Find out what the school kids learned from the visits as well as what the performers learned from the outreach.

Hear the Louisville show on Classical 90.5 Sunday 2/28/16 at 6pm.

Classical 90.5 partnered with The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on this ambitious project which included a live-taping of NPR’s From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley in Whitney Hall on February 3rd as part of the Gheens Great Expectations concert, sponsored by The Gheens Foundation.  In addition, Classical 90.5 and The Kentucky Center worked with From the Top’s education outreach staff and JCPS to bring these outstanding soloists into four schools to bring their inspiring artistry to music students.

Interview: From the Top’s Christopher O’Riley

FTT pic

Christopher O’Riley is the host of NPR’s From the Top, heard Sundays at 6pm. While in town for a live taping at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, O’Riley talked with Daniel Gilliam about the level of talent on the show, how the performers are ambassadors for music, and his own recording projects.

Local Cello Sensation on From the Top

Photo by Mary Richardson

(Photo by Mary Richardson)

A former Classical 90.5 Young Artist Competition winner will appear on this week’s episode of From the Top (Sundays at 6 pm). Louisvillian Anne Richardson, cello, who has also appeared on Classical 90.5’s Lunchtime Classics program, will perform as part of the Alumni Finale Trio. Ms. Richardson was part of the trio while she attended summer classes at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Anne is finishing her time in the pre-college program at The Julliard School in New York City for music, drama and dance. She is giving her senior recital in May in Juilliard’s Morse Hall. Ms. Richardson’s future options are wide open as she has recently been accepted into Colburn, New England Conservatory, and Juilliard. Anne has appeared on From the Top previously.

Enjoy this video of Anne performing part of Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto.

From the Top: Another Jaw-Dropping Moment…

Elizabeth Aoki and Chris O'Riley

From the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, this week’s From the Top (Sunday at 6pm), features a local 12-year-old pianist playing one of Aaron Copland’s most playful pieces, a talented 15-year-old cellist performing Schumann, and the fantastic Junior Division winners of the nation’s most prestigious chamber music competition performing from Leos Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2.

Here’s a taste of last Sunday’s show. Try this: hit play then close your eyes. You won’t believe your ears…

From the Top Honors Dr. King

This week’s From the Top honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.