From the Top

Heard Sundays at 6 pm, this weekly radio series showcases the nation’s most exceptional pre-college age classical musicians.

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.

From the Top taped a show in Louisville this February, featuring our very own Louisville Youth Orchestra and YPAS percussionist Cole Gregory along with three talented High School musicians from around the nation. Listen below to 5 vignettes by Sara Soltau, our education programs manager, who joined the High School cast behind the scenes. Hear the stories of 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.


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