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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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EDM Producer Alex Seaver works with FTT kids

Member of the Electronic Dance Music group, MAKO, Alex Seaver speaks with guest host Peter Dugan and French Horn player, Zach Potts.

EDM Producer Alex Seaver works with FTT kids

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Show 366: Feat. Pianist Peter Dugan from L.A.

This episode of From the Top was recorded in the famed Hollywood Scoring Studio in Los Angeles. We meet a brilliant young pianist who grew up in Hollywood enjoying film music so much that she founded her own multi-disciplinary arts collaborative at her high school. Also on the program is a heroic performance of a piece by Planel for horn and a teenage violinist rocks Ravel's virtuosic "Tzigane" with guest host Peter Dugan.

Show 366: Feat. Pianist Peter Dugan from L.A.

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Show 365: Feat. Actor & Musician Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

This week's From the Top celebrates the 125th Anniversary of one of the great teaching grounds for classical musicians, the Walnut Hill School for the Arts! You might recognize this episode's guest host from his roles on The Wire and HBO's The Deuce, but you may not know Lawrence Gilliard Jr. is also a fantastic clarinetist. Listen as he introduces to us current students and a few illustrious alumni of Walnut Hall. || Learn more at http://bit.ly/FTT365

Show 365: Feat. Actor & Musician Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

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Show 364: Feat. Virtuoso Violinist Charles Yang and Pianist Peter Dugan

From the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado, this week's From the Top features the ground-breaking violinist Charles Yang as the guest host. He'll share the stage with a joyful teenager whose winning personality propelled her to take home the gold medal at the prestigious 2018 Stulberg International String Competition. We'll also meet a young erhu player, an instrument known to some as the "Chinese violin", who plays "Taichi Warrior of Erhu" by Chen Jun.

Show 364: Feat. Virtuoso Violinist Charles Yang and Pianist Peter Dugan

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Show 363: Feat. Food Network Star Molly Yeh and Pianist Peter Dugan

This week's guest host is Molly Yeh a young chef with her own show on the Food Channel called "Girl Meets Farm." But before she developed an interest in food, she was an extraordinary classical percussionist who appeared on From the Top over a decade ago when she was just 15-years-old. This week, she returns to introduce us to an impressive lineup of young musicians including a talented teenage bassoonist from rural Oklahoma and a 17-year-old pianist who delivers a fiery performance of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.

Show 363: Feat. Food Network Star Molly Yeh and Pianist Peter Dugan

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