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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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
From the Top

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
From the Top

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.

April 2017 From the Top

Mar 27, 2017

4/2        From Louisville, Kentucky, we’ll hear a superb 17-year-old pianist from Brooklyn who wants to devote himself to the work of racially diversifying the world of classical music, a performance of Over the Rainbow performed on marimba by a local teen percussionist, and the Louisville Youth Orchestra perform a brand new piece by American composer Christopher Theofanidis.

March 2017 From the Top

Feb 27, 2017

Alongside performances from our country's best young musicians, From the Top will be playing highlights from a past program featuring young soloists from the Rochester area! The performance was with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, under our very own Ward Stare.  

3/5        A show presented by Artis-Naples in Naples, Florida, celebrates Florida’s young musical talent.  Performances at Hayes Hall by 14-year-old pianist Noah Waddell and 16-year-old oboist David Norville.

February 2017 From the Top

Jan 30, 2017

2/5       From a special show taped at Tarisio – Fine Instruments & Bows in New York City we hear an 18-year-old violinist from West Chester, Pennsylvania perform Saint-Saëns, The Clef Trio from the Juilliard performs Beethoven, 16-year-old guitarist Kang Min Shin and 18-year-old violinist James Yang perform Paganini and more.