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From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

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From the Top Music Rehearsal / The Passion of Piazzolla

Christopher O'Riley coaches a brilliant young cellist through Piazzolla's "Le Grand Tango"

From the Top Music Rehearsal / The Passion of Piazzolla

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Show 331 | Honolulu HI

From the Top returns to Honolulu, Hawaii with a program that features the excellent Hawaii Youth Symphony Orchestra performing a wonderful work inspired by vintage popular music from the islands ... We hear this year's 13-year-old junior winner of the prestigious Menuhin International Violin Competition and perform the music of Prokofiev ... and we meet a 15-year-old clarinetist who got his start in the visionary free urban music training programs of Los Angeles.

Show 331 | Honolulu HI

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The making of a new Hawaiian opera

Composer Herbert Mahelona discusses his opera Ha'upu

The making of a new Hawaiian opera

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Show 330 | Kea'au HI

From the town of Kea'au on the "Big Island" of Hawaii, this week's program features a young Hawaiian vocal ensemble performing segments from an opera inspired by Hawaiian myth and sung in the Hawaiian language. Also a young violinist who grew up in a very unusual home deep in the woods and totally off the power grid, performs the lyrical music of William Grant Still.

Show 330 | Kea'au HI

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Getting into the musical weeds with Kirchner

Christopher O'Riley and teen pianist Evren Ozel discuss the literary underpinnings of Kirchner's "Interlude One"

Getting into the musical weeds with Kirchner

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Show 329 | St Paul MN

From St. Paul, Minnesota, this week's program features all Minnesota performers. We'll enjoy a virtuosic performance of Ernesto Cavallini's Adagio and Tarantella by 17-year-old clarinetist Anders Peterson, a teenage pianist shares the story of how he handpicked his stepfather when he was four years old, and and a brother and sister piano duo perform a raucous four-hands arrangement of Schubert's Der Erlkonig.

Show 329 | St Paul MN

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Married alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz sing Gershwin

"Embraceable You" by George and Ira Gershwin sung by From the Top married Alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz.

Married alums Peter Dugan and Kara Sainz sing Gershwin

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Show HL-27 | Highlights Show

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 HL-27 | Highlights Show

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What's German about Nikolai Medtner

Host Christopher O'Riley and 16-year-old pianist Wenfang Han discuss the roots and musical motifs of the fifth movement Nikolai Medtner's Sonata Tragica.

What's German about Nikolai Medtner

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Show 328 | Boston MA

From Boston Massachusetts this week's episode features a 12-year-old cellist performing a showpiece by David Popper, we hear a moving setting of a Newfoundland folks song performed by the Young Women's Chamber Choir of Boston's famous Handel and Haydn Society ... and we'll meet a Boston teenager so zealous about studying classical music, he managed to cram 4 instruments, 2 Boston orchestras and a chorus into his life. Tickets to our upcoming live recording in Boston on February 11, 2018 are now available! Get them at www.fromthetop.org/boston-tickets

Show 328 | Boston MA

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