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From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

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Interview with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Christopher O'Riley asks Zhou Long about his his past growing up in China's during the cultural revolution and the influence of American culture on his work.

Interview with composer Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music

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Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA

From East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, this week's From the Top features more than 100 young musicians from across Mainland China in their first ever public performance as the National Youth Orchestra of China under the direction of Maestro Ludovic Morlot. We hear the full ensemble perform "Rhyme of Taigu" by Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer Zhou Long, a young clarinetist shares how he fell in love with the clarinet's sound at his first concert, and five members of the ensemble perform the energetic first movement of Francis Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet with Christopher O'Riley.

Show 344 | East Stroudsburg PA

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Eduard Degas inspires a young composer

Christopher O'Riley interviews 17-year-old composer, Esther Ollivier

Eduard Degas inspires a young composer

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Show 354 | Los Angeles CA

From Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, this week's From the Top features From the Top's young musicians soloing with the world renown Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Paolo Bortolameolli. The LA Phil performs a new work by a teenage composer, we meet a 12-year-old violinist who thinks of her performance as if it were a very athletic figure skating routine and a young bassoonist gracefully performs Mozart.

Show 354 | Los Angeles CA

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10 questions for the great conductor Marin Alsop

Christopher O'Riley interviews conductor, Marin Alsop.

10 questions for the great conductor Marin Alsop

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Show 343 | Purchase NY

From Purchase, New York, this week's From the Top highlights the 115 incredible young musicians that make up Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the USA. Featured on the program are four performances by the full ensemble under renowned conductor Marin Alsop including an adrenaline-inducing performance of John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" and a newly-commissioned work by composer Gabriela Lena Frank.

Show 343 | Purchase NY

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What a classical violinist can learn from Gypsy Jazz.

Christopher O'RIley and teenage violinist, John Fawcett talk about nuanced bowing technique.

What a classical violinist can learn from Gypsy Jazz.

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Show 352 | Berkeley CA

From the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, this week's From the Top features the winning ensemble of KDFC's Local Vocals High School Choir Sing-Off and, at 120 singers, it's the largest choir ever featured on the program. We also meet a 17-year-old pianist who talks about the difficulty of preparing for competitions without a piano, and a young string quartet performs the rhapsodic first movement of Debussy's string quartet in G major, Op. 10.

Show 352 | Berkeley CA

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From the Top Alum, Conrad Tao

Chris and Conrad talk about Conrad's vibrant early career as a composer and pianist.

From the Top Alum, Conrad Tao

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Show 342 | Santa Barbara CA

From Santa Barbara, California, this week's From the Top features fantastic musicians who are studying at the prestigious Music Academy of the West, which celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year. We'll hear a young pianist triumphantly perform one of Rachmaninoff's most complex pieces for the piano, a teenage violinist recounts a life-changing realization, and we feature a world-premiere of "Asymptotes", a newly commissioned work for clarinet, viola, and piano from composer and From the Top alum, Conrad Tao.

Show 342 | Santa Barbara CA

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