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Celebrate the stories, talents, and character of America's best young classically-trained musicians! This weekly series presents pre-collegiate musicians whose stunning individual performances are combined with lively interviews, unique pre-produced segments, lighthearted sketches and musical games.

Program Schedule

Various (Recorded: May 2020)

June 6 & 7

This week it’s the second of From the Top’s “Blanket Fort” show is an all remote, home studio program produced in response to the social distancing requirements during the Covid-19 pandemic. It features our young musicians recording their interviews and musically collaborating remotely from their own homes.

Performers and Works TBC

Boston, MA (Recorded: March 23, 2019)

June 13 & 14

From Calderwood Hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, this week’s episode of From the Top is guest hosted by innovative violinist Leila Josefowicz and features some exciting chamber music collaborations.

18-year-old flutist Mai Nguyen from Cambridge, MA performing: Concertino, Op. 107 for Flute and Piano, by Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944), with Michelle Cann, piano.

16-year-old violinist Jun Lin from Larchmont, NY performing: I. Allegro from Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring," by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), with Michelle Cann, piano.

Guest host/violinist, Leila Josefowicz; 16-year-old clarinetist Anoush Pogossian from Glendale, CA; 18-year-old cellist Esther Yu from Rye, NY, and pianist/co-host Michelle Cann performing: I. Liturgie de cristal from the Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen (1908- 1992)

14-year-old pianist Alejandra Sarmiento from Lighthouse Point, FL performing Etude Op. 25, No. 1 and 2 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

17-year-old baritone Preston Jones from Fort Washington, MD performing: “Toglietemi la vita ancor” by Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), with Michelle Cann, piano

16-year-old clarinetist Anoush Pogossian from Glendale, CA; 18-year-old cellist Esther Yu from Rye, NY, and pianist/co-host Michelle Cann performing IV. Allegro from Clarinet Trio, Op.114 by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

La Jolla, CA (Recorded: April 13, 2019)

June 20 & 21

From La Jolla, California, this week’s From the Top features renowned violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta 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.

San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Edmons, performing IX. Scherzo: Presto assai e molto leggiero from The Comedians, Op. 26 by Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904- 1987)

San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Edmons, performing II. Romance. Larghetto from Piano Concerto No.1, Op.11 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) with pianist, George Li

Violinist Audrey Park, 16, from Valencia, CA; Cellist Kevin Song, 16, from San Diego, CA, and co-host/pianist Michelle Cann performing: Primavera Porteña from "The 4 Seasons of Buenos Aires" by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

Violinist Vijay Gupta and cellist Kevin Song, 16, performing: II. Très vif from the Sonata for Violin and Cello by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Tuba player Logan Wadley, 18, from Vermillion, SD performing: I. Allegro pesante from the Sonata for Tuba and Piano by Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), with Michelle Cann, piano

Flutist Phoebe Rawn, 18, from Seattle, WA performing: Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino by Paul Taffanel (1844-1908), with Michelle Cann, piano

San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Edmons, performing: X. Epilogue from The Comedians, Op. 26 by Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987).

Various (Recorded: Various)

June 27 & 28

This week it’s From the Top’s annual “Where Are They Now” program featuring new music and new interviews with some of From the Top’s dynamic alumni. We learn about the interesting places life has taken them since appearing on our program and hear fantastic music performances they’re capable of now that they’re professional artists carving their way through careers in music and beyond.

Performers and Works TBC

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