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.
Throughout November, hear some young musicians from the Philadelphia area performing on From the Top.
On Sunday, November 1, Villanova-based Alyssa Gabrilovich plays two Rachmaninoff etudes in a show recorded in September at New York City’s Kaufman Center.
On Sunday, November 9, Broomall-based violist Peirce Ellis makes his From the Top debut playing Bloch’s rarely heard Suite for Viola in a show recorded in part at Philadelphia’s Turtle Studios.
On Sunday, November 22, listen to a rebroadcast of a show recorded in 2018 at Longwood Gardens, with violinist Faustina Housner of Cherry Hill, NJ, violinist Akili Farrow of Philadelphia and two young musicians from Kennett Square, pianist Angeline Ma and clarinettist Andrew Chang.
On Sunday, November 29, hear a show created earlier this year at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which double bassist Braden Ellis, brother of violist Peirce, performs Massenet’s Meditation from Thaïs, recorded at his own home in Broomall.
On Sunday, December 6th hear two more performances recorded at Philadelphia’s Turtle Studios: Exton-based violinist Anagha Kapsi plays Chaconne by Tomaso Antonio Vitali and Central High School senior, flutist Blue Shelton performs music by Pierre Sancan.
More about From the Top
Monday, November 30, 2020 5:30pmOne of the strongest teenage piano trios in the country performs Beethoven with passion and precision. They're joined by a young vocalist performing Shakespeare, and a 15-year-old violinist who might be an orchestral conductor someday.
Monday, November 9, 2020 5:30pmCharismatic violinist Charles Yang co-hosts a program that features a cheerful 11-year-old guitarist, a spirited performance of Shostakovich, and an imaginative 18-year-old's new music for quartet.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 6:45pmGershwin's Rhapsody in Blue is a favorite of many, and this week we have a brilliant performance of this work by two young marimba players. Listen also for a 14-year-old pianist performing Rachmaninoff, and a stunning performance of Brahms by a young violist. Guest Hosted by Orli Shaham.
Monday, October 12, 2020 5:30pmPianist Orli Shaham returns to host From the Top and shares her Mozart expertise with two young musicians. We also meet a 14-year-old violinist with dreams of going to space, a dazzling young pianist who performs Liszt, and a teenage flutist who discusses her passion for the Supreme Court.
Monday, October 5, 2020 5:30pmViolinist Vijay Gupta and pianist Peter Dugan perform "Dance of the Blessed Spirits" from Orfeo and Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck. This performance was recorded as part of From the Top episode 386 produced at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California.