From the Top
Sunday, 3 to 4 pm
NPR's From the Top showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians, in which they demonstrate their prodigious ability and reveal details of their non-musical lives, from sibling secrets to favorite foods.
Meet Host Peter Dugan! He grew up in Upper Darby, went to St Joe's Prep here in Philly and then studied at Juilliard in NYC where he lives now.
From picturesque Longwood Gardens outside Philadelphia in September 2018, From the Top featured an exciting array of young talent – including a young violinist who got her start in the El Sistema-inspired music program, Play-On Philly. Three of these musicians are from our region! Listen here.
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Monday, September 14, 2020 5:30pmHost Peter Dugan takes us on a trip down memory lane to enjoy some of the most outstanding music and memorable interviews from the past couple of seasons. We'll meet a teenage violinist who has grown up off the grid in rural Indiana, a young pianist from Georgia performs a beautifully impressionistic work for solo piano by Alexandre Tansman, and a 12-year-old cellist performs the music of David Popper and then solves a Rubik's Cube, live, on-stage in under 19 seconds.
Monday, September 7, 2020 5:30pmGreg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, the pianists who make up the popular piano duo, "Anderson and Roe" guest host the second of two episodes recorded in Fairfax, Virginia. Greg and Elizabeth collaborate with young performers on the program including a rather philosophical 17-year-old violinist from Indiana and an extraordinary counter tenor from Massachusetts tells us how he realized he was a counter tenor and performs music by Handel.
Monday, June 22, 2020 5:00pmFeaturing interviews with From the Top alumni and music they're making in their early professional careers, this program features an alum pianist who has released an album to raise money for the people of Flint, Michigan, the alum winner of last year's Queen Elizabeth Competition and an alum baritone who just won his first Grammy.
Monday, June 1, 2020 5:00pmHosted by pianist Peter Dugan this is From the Top's second "Blanket Fort" show. Created during the quarantine of the Covid19 crisis, this episode features young musicians recording themselves in their own homes (in makeshift studios or "Blanket Forts") under From the Top's supervision and it features long distance musical collaborations. Performers include one of the youngest classical guitarists From the Top has ever featured and a teenage composer who discovered his love for music during a difficult time when his immigrant family had no permanent home.
Monday, May 4, 2020 5:00pmPianist and From the Top host, Peter Dugan, performs his own piano arrangement of the "Jupiter" movement from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst.