FROM THE TOP – NPR Radio Taping Tour with Christopher O’Riley

NPR Radio Taping Tour - Violinist Chad Hoopes

Violinist Chad Hoopes at age 13, now an IMG Artist with a solo career at age 18
Photo courtesy of Stefan Cohen


FROM THE TOP – NPR Radio Taping Tour with Christopher O’Riley
Worldwide Lineup Arrives in Boston Saturday, February 9, 2013

What is your Sunday morning ritual? Mine happens to be classical music performed by up-and-coming musical artists. Currently in its thirteenth year, FROM THE TOP on NPR is hosted by famed artist, pianist and media personality Christopher O’Riley and is one of the most popular weekly music series on public radio, heralded as “contemporary culture’s feel-good success story” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Christopher O'Riley and the Filharmonica Joven de Colombia in Bogota
Christopher O’Riley and the Filharmonica Joven de Colombia in Bogota, From the Top’s first international taping in May 2012
Photo courtesy of FROM THE TOP

Based in Boston, FROM THE TOP is an independent non-profit organization – founded by New England Conservatory and originally promoted by PBS station WGBH – that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people. As the preeminent showcase for young musicians, FROM THE TOP reaches more than one million people each year and shines a light on diverse young people ages 8 to 18 by sharing their stories and performances, providing scholarships, and engaging them as leaders in national broadcasts, live concerts and outreach events across the country and around the world. Since 2005, this program has awarded more than $1.6 million to pre-collegiate musicians with financial need to support their musical development.

Kristine Clair "KC" Uchi Galano
Kristine Clair “KC” Uchi Galano, violin, age 11 from Brunei performing on From the Top in Beijing, China in July 2012
Photo courtesy of FROM THE TOP

Walking out onto a stage in front of an audience, aware that you will be heard by hundreds of thousands of listeners, can be daunting. Mr. O’Riley eases the moment by first introducing each young musician, which usually elicits an amusing anecdote that provides for a light-hearted repartee before the pressure of the performance begins. Then the music flows … and goose bumps rise.

Christopher O'Riley and Elizabeth Aoki
Christopher O’Riley and Elizabeth Aoki, 9, of Cresskill, New Jersey
Photo courtesy of Neale Eckstein

Televised for two seasons at Carnegie Hall for television, the following YouTube video depicts the excitement, nervousness and playful mutual admirations of the participants. Hopefully you too will experience the musical passion of these gifted young musicians in classic style on FROM THE TOP.

Just returning from Beijing, California, Texas and Florida, FROM THE TOP will be taped live at Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory in Boston one month from today and moves one to a location near you.

2012-2013 From the Top National Radio Taping Tour

Saturday, February 9, 2013: Boston, Massachusetts
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music
Tickets are available here.

Sunday, February 17, 2013: Tucson, Arizona
Presented by UA Presents
Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona

Tuesday, February 17, 2013: Mesa, Arizona
Presented by Mesa Arts Center
The Piper Theater

Sunday, March 3, 2013: Athens, Georgia
Presented by the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center
Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall at the University of Georgia

Friday, March 8, 2013: New Albany, Ohio
Presented by Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts
Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts

Sunday, May 19, 2013: Princeton, New Jersey
Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University
Presented by the American Boychoir

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
*From the Top Unique And Unmissable Gala
Live performances with host Christopher O’Riley
and some of the nation’s most talented young musicians.
Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St, Boston
To reserve your tickets ($500 and up) call 617.437.0707 x125

Saturday, June 1, 2013: El Paso, Texas
Presented by the El Paso Community Foundation for the benefit of the El Paso Summer Music Festival
Plaza Theatre

Saturday, June 8, 2013: San Marcos, Texas
Evans Auditorium at Texas State University
Texas State International Piano Festival

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