From the Top - Live NPR Taping
October 4, 2009
Be part of the live audience as Boston’s very own national public radio classic From the Top celebrates its tenth year on air. Hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O’Riley, From the Top highlights the amazing performances, heart, and humor of our nation’s best young classical musicians ages 8-18 through music and interview segments.
The Chicago Tribune describes From the Top as “the most original and popular classical music programs in the history of public radio.” NBC’s Today Show exclaims: “young musicians that will knock your socks off.” Boston Globe calls From the Top, "entertaining, accessible and inspirational."
From the Top tapings are a great introduction to classical music for families. Best for children and adults ages seven and older.
Event Name: From the Top - Live NPR Taping
Article: From the Top: 10 Years of Classical Kids
NPR Weekend Edition - Sep 15, 2009
By NPR Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane Hansen
Nearly a decade ago, a noble experiment was broadcast on public radio. From the Top was launched as a showcase for pre-college classical...
Nearly a decade ago, a noble experiment was broadcast on public radio. From the Top was launched as a showcase for pre-college classical musicians.
Today, the program is heard by about 700,000 weekly listeners on NPR stations, and this year's tour will reach more than 20,000 live fans. The show's host is the amiable pianist Christopher O'Riley, known for playing Bach and Rachmaninoff, as well as his adventurous transcriptions of songs by the British rock band Radiohead.
The success of From the Top, O'Riley says, is due solely to the young musicians who appear on the show.
"They become the best emissaries I can imagine for classical music," O'Riley says. "They are not yet doing it for a living, so they can just go with their heart. It's not a pragmatic decision; it's really doing what comes most passionately and easily with them."
Some of that passion includes skateboarding — as when O'Riley allowed a young guitarist to take a spin on the stage of Davies Hall in San Francisco during a show.
For the 10th anniversary of From the Top, the show has invited back some alums from the early days.
NPR's Liane Hansen interviews host Christopher O'Riley, and From the Top alumni William Harvey and Maya Shankar.