Classical 91.5

From the Top

Sundays, 5 to 6pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at
  • Hosted by Christopher O'Riley

From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley celebrates the stories, talents, and character of America s best young classically-trained musicians and the power of classical music through broadcasts, live events, education programs, and more.

The weekly one-hour radio series presents pre-collegiate musicians whose stunning individual performances are combined with lively interviews, unique pre-produced segments, lighthearted sketches and musical games.

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2/4        Where Are They Now VIII  Featuring music and interviews with From the Top alumni who are now professional musicians.

2/11      It’s an all-Minnesota show!  Enjoy a virtuosic performance of Ernesto Cavallini’s Adagio and Tarantella by 17-year-old clarinetist Anders Peterson, a teenage pianist shares the story of how he “handpicked” his stepfather when he was just four years old, and a brother and sister piano duo perform a raucous four-hands arrangement of Schubert’s Der Erlkonig.


1/7    Time for Three (violinists Nicolas Kendall and Charles Yang - a From the Top alum, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer) joins host Christopher O’Riley and some exceptional pre-collegiate musicians for an exciting program featuring music spanning from the 18th to the 21st century.

Reno Philharmonic

12/3      From the Pioneer Center in Reno, Nevada, we feature a local 17-year-old violinist performing Beethoven, a 16-year-old marimba player from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and the dynamic teenage quartet from Chicago Quartet Bellezza, performing Bartok.  Quartet Bellezza were the Junior Division Gold Medal Winner in the 2017 Fischoff Competition. Formed in the fall of 2016, the group consists of violinists Masha Lakisova and Robert Sanders, violist Peter Dudek, and cellist David Caplan.

The Classical Source

11/5      Marin Alsop and 120 of America’s best and brightest young musicians that have been brought together to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.  They’ll perform Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine Mahler: Movement 2 from Symphony No. 1, Titan  Frank: Tone Poem for Orchestra.


This month From the Top performs just down the Thruway at Kleinhan's Music Hall with the Buffalo Philharmonic (10/15 broadcast).

September 2017 From the Top

Aug 28, 2017
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9/3        From Honolulu, Hawaii we’ll feature the excellent Hawaii Youth Symphony Orchestra performing a piece inspired by vintage popular music from the islands. We’ll also hear the 13-year-old junior winner of the prestigious Menuhin International Violin Competition performing music of Prokofiev, and a 15-year-old clarinetist who got his start in the visionary free urban music training programs of Los Angeles.

August 2017 From the Top

Jul 31, 2017
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8/6        From El Paso’s Plaza Theatre, performances from violinist Claire Wells, harpist Adam Phan, composer and pianist Karalyn Schubring, flutist Madison Fanning, and pianist Adrian Liao.

8/13      From Boston, Massachusetts we’ll feature a 12-year-old cellist Sean Yu performing a show piece by David Popper, the Young Women’s Chamber Choir of Boston’s famous Handel and Haydn Society, hornist Helen Wargelin, pianist Wenfang (Ivan) Han, and violinist Sammy Andonian.

July 2017 From the Top

Jun 29, 2017

7/2        From Texas Tech University in Lubbock, we hear 16-year-old violinist Fiona Shea perform music by Manuel de Falla, 16-year-old pianist Nicholas Mendez from Pasadena, California perform music of Samuel Barber and 16-year-old flutist Yuna Langehennig perform music of Louis Ganne with Christopher O’Riley, piano.

June 2017 From the Top

May 29, 2017

6/4        From Longview, Texas we’ll hear the Quartet Diamant perform music by Ginastera, 12-year-old pianist Antonio (Nio) Ajero performes a Caprice by Paderewski, a 16-year-old flutists performs an Allegro from Taktakishvili’s Flute Sonata, and much more.

May 2017 From the Top

May 1, 2017

5/7        From the Top returns to the Aspen Music Festival and School, the summer home to many outstanding young musicians seeking to sharpen their performance skills, with a fantastic 17-year-old cellist who loves to explore the Rocky Mountain surroundings and a 14-year-old pianist performing Ligeti.

5/14      This week’s episode of From the Top showcases Cleveland’s vibrant classical music scene with performances from a violinist, bassoonist, and string octet all from the area.