From the Top - Season 1

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  • Episode 13
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    Host Christopher O'Riley welcomes 17-year-old clarinetist Nicholas Graham, from Spartanburg, South Carolina, and roller-coaster-loving Conrad Tao, a 12-year-old "triple threat" from New York who not only plays the violin and piano, but is also an award-winning composer. This episode of From the Top: Live at Carnegie Hall features performances of Kreisler's "Tambourin Chinois," Schumann's "Fantasiestucke for Clarinet and Piano," and concludes with Conrad transporting the audience to Argentina with his original "Saturday Morning Tango."moreless
  • Episode 12
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    The Chicago Children's Choir, under their dynamic director Josephine Lee, offers stirring renditions of the spiritual "Elijah Rock" and the South African spiritual "Lizela." Drew Peterson, a 12-year-old pianist and aspiring conductor from Oradell, New Jersey, performs Chopin's "Grande Valse," and takes on host Christopher O'Riley in a left-handed "Name that Tune" challenge.moreless
  • Episode 11
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    Host Christopher O'Riley welcomes The Bone Rangers, a teenage trombone quartet from Chicago, and Roderick Demmings, a 13-year-old pianist from Dallas, Texas, who is also director of his Baptist church's choir. The Bone Rangers perform selections from Hornoff's "Suite for Four Trombones" and Roderick plays the Chopin "Black Key" Etude, then all join forces in a special arrangement by Lee Blaske of Jack Gale's jazzy "Harlem Express."moreless
  • Episode 10
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    Guest star Denyce Graves shares her moving story of discovering opera as a youth in inner-city Washington, D.C., on this episode of From the Top at Carnegie Hall. The acclaimed mezzo-soprano performs with four outstanding young musicians: flutist Helen McGarr, 15, from Lindon, Utah; clarinetist Jonathan Cohen, 17, from New Orleans; cellist Nicholas Olarte-Hayes, 17, from Plainsboro, NJ; and harpist Maura Valenti, 18, from New York City. Musical selections include the first movement of Poulenc's "Sonata for Flute and Piano," Rodgers and Hart's "Manhattan," and Luciano Berio's folk song setting of "Loosin Yelav."moreless
  • Episode 9
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    Strings take center stage on From the Top at Carnegie Hall when Ania Filochowska, a 12-year-old violinist originally from Poland, interprets the music of her homeland in Wieniawski's lively "Polonaise," and a quartet of car-crazed teenage boys from Ohio called "opus." plays from the beautiful Ravel String Quartet in F major. After Chris reveals some of the boys' hidden talents, the ensemble joins him for the Scherzo from the Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, Opus 34.moreless
  • Episode 8
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    Piano, marimba, drums-it's all about percussion on From the Top at Carnegie Hall as Sarina Zhang, a 10-year-old pianist from San Diego, California, performs Glinka's "The Lark," and 17-year-old Molly Yeh plays solo marimba. Host Christopher O'Riley welcomes David Hutter and Victoria Aschheim, the other members of "Beat 3," Molly's Chicago-area percussion trio, for a thunderous finale capped by an astounding trick involving a lawn mower.moreless
  • Episode 7
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    The stage is packed full of teenagers as From the Top at Carnegie Hall welcomes New England Conservatory's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra with passionate conductor Benjamin Zander. After a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of the music, the audience is treated to a performance of Beethoven's Coriolan Overture as well as a movement from the Bach solo cello suites by principal cellist Sebastian Baverstam. Host Christopher O'Riley joins Sebastian, violinist Yun-Chie Wang, and the Orchestra to perform the finale of Beethoven's beloved "Triple Concerto" - but not before a suspense-filled game of "Musical Jeopardy."moreless
  • Episode 6
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    Famed violinist Joshua Bell takes to the stage in From the Top at Carnegie Hall, where he is joined by 13-year-old classical guitarist and bobble-head collector Timothy Callobre from Pasadena, California, and the La Campana Trio, three teenagers who study violin, viola and cello in Chicago, for a performance of Mendelssohn's "May Breezes" featured on Joshua's latest recording "Voice of the Violin." Host Christopher O'Riley and the young musicians team up to "punk" Bell, but nothing stands in the way of their outstanding rendition of the Scherzo from Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A Major.moreless
  • Episode 5
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    From the Top at Carnegie Hall presents a piano extravaganza featuring Alice Burla, 10, one of the youngest students at Juilliard; Jeremy Jordan, 17, from Chicago; and 14-year-old Peng-Peng from New York City, in solo performances. Host Christopher O'Riley joins them for a spectacular four piano finale: Wagner's famous "Ride of the Valkyries."moreless
  • Episode 4
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    Host Christopher O'Riley presents a dazzling rumba with 17-year-old saxophone player Kevin Olusola from Owensboro, Kentucky, who then outshines himself with a beatbox performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Seraphina, a Philadelphia-area string quartet made up of the Smith sisters-14-year-old Caeli and 16-year old Madeline-and the 15-year-old Tabby twins, Sabrina and Genevieve, join Rochelle Chester, a 17-year-old Navajo composer from Kayenta, Arizona, on stage to perform Rochelle's "Moon's Lullaby." George Li, 11 years old, from Lexington, Massachusetts, takes a break from the science lab to perform Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11 in A Minor.moreless
  • Episode 3
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    The banjo as a classical instrument? Only on From the Top at Carnegie Hall. Béla Fleck, the man who reinvented the banjo, joins 14-year-old violinist Caroline Goulding from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and 13-year-old cellist Gabriel Cabezas from Wilmette, Illinois, for performances of Debussy's "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum" arranged by Fleck, as well as his own rousing composition for string quartet and banjo, "County Clare," inspired by a trip to the Emerald Isle. Fleck gets more than he bargained for when Caroline does a Martha Stewart-style makeover on his banjo case.moreless
  • Episode 2
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    From the Top at Carnegie Hall welcomes two rising stars to the show: 13-year old cellist Tessa Seymour from Berkeley, California, and 18-year old violinist and self-described "Asian Cowboy" Charles Yang from Austin, Texas. Tessa and Charles join host Christopher O'Riley for riveting performances of Debussy, Monti, and Dvorak, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma reveals the "Top Ten Reasons Why Cello is the Coolest!"moreless
  • Episode 1
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    It's all in the family as From the Top at Carnegie Hall features a sister-and-brother act from Orinda, California: 10-year old Clark (inspired by Yo-Yo Ma's appearance on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood) on cello and 14-year old Chloe Pang on piano; 13-year-old Leeza Ali, from a musical family in Mendota Heights, Minnesota; and 17-year-old trumpeter Conrad Jones, from Sayville, New York, whose parents are both music educators. The Pang siblings tackle a rollercoaster of a piece: the second movement Allegro from Shostakovich's Sonata for cello and piano in D minor. Conrad displays his talents on Herbert Clarke's "Carnival of Venice," and viewers get a glimpse of the everyday life of Leeza's family, where musical talent seems to be in the water.moreless
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