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NPR's From the Top showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.

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Pianist George Li Performs "Carmen"

Alumni pianist, George Li performs Variations on a Theme from Bizet's Opera "Carmen" by Vladimir Horowitz.

Pianist George Li performs "Carmen"

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"Loopy" – by violinist and guest host, Charles Yang

Charles Yang along with pianist Peter Dugan and 16-year-old guitarist Gwenyth Aggeler perform "Loopy" by Charles Yang.

"Loopy" – by violinist and guest host, Charles Yang

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Show 371 | LaJolla CA

From La Jolla, California, this week's From the Top features renowned violinist and social justice advocate VijayGupta as guest host. Along with co-host Michelle Cann, they'll introduce us to the incredible San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra, a young cellist who shares how studying the cello has helped him stand up for what he believes in, and a pianist who was a prize winner in Russia's famous Tchaikovsky Competition.

Show 371 | LaJolla CA

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Show 370 from Atlanta Feat. Lara Downes

From The Breman Museum in Atlanta, this week's From the Top is a special program celebrating Jewish contributions to classical music featuring concert pianist Lara Downes as our guest host. We'll hear a 14-year-old share what it's like to grow up in a Korean and Jewish household, a new piece by a Jewish-American teenage composer gets its broadcast debut, and a spectacular 18-year-old clarinetist performs a movement from Leonard Bernstein's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.

Show 370 from Atlanta Feat. Lara Downes

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Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Valse Triste

Guest host Leila Josefowicz introduces and performs "Valse Triste" by Jean Sibelius, her break piece recorded during "From the Top Episode 369 with pianist Michelle Cann.

Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Valse Triste

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Show 369: Feat. Guest Host & Violinist Leila Josefowicz

From the famed Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, this episode of From the Top is guest hosted by renowned violinist Leila Josefowicz with co-host Michelle Cann. We meet a teenage violinist who talks about the struggle of coping with very high expectations, a 14-year-old pianist flies over the keys while performing Chopin, and for the first time, both hosts of the program perform together with two young musicians for Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time."

Show 369: Feat. Guest Host & Violinist Leila Josefowicz

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Co-Host and Pianist Michelle Cann peforms the music of Florence Price

From our program recorded March 19th 2019, Interlochen Michigan, co-host and pianist Michelle Cann introduces and performs her break piece on the program, the Sonata in E Minor for Piano by Florence Price.

Co-Host and Pianist Michelle Cann peforms the music of Florence Price

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Show 368 Feat. Actor Damon Gupton from Interlochen, MI

From the Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts, this week's From the Top features a cast made up entirely by students of the renowned high school. Film and television actor Damon Gupton is our guest host and sets the stage for a young tubist who performs a virtuosic concerto backed by the full orchestra, a group of seven percussionists perform the aptly titled work "Shared Space", and a 17-year-old cellist passionately performs a beautiful work by Tchaikovsky.

Show 368 Feat. Actor Damon Gupton from Interlochen, MI

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Guest Host Peter Dugan Plays Bach

Pianist Peter Dugan performs the Sarabande from the French Suite no. 5 in G major J.S. Bach

Guest Host Peter Dugan Plays Bach

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Show 367 | Los Angeles CA

Recorded in the Hollywood Scoring Studio in Los Angeles, we meet a fantastic 15-year-old pianist who loves Disney so much she can name every ride just by listening to their soundtrack! We also meet a prize-winning string quartet who performs Mendelssohn's second string quartet and a teenage saxophone player from Texas plays a virtuosic work by a 20th-century composer.

Show 367 | Los Angeles CA

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