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From the Top is one of the most popular classical music programs on radio.

Christopher O'RileyHosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley, each one-hour broadcast presents five high-caliber performances along with interviews, sketches and games, revealing the heart and soul behind extraordinary young musicians. Now in its eleventh year on air, From the Top is taped before live audiences in concert halls from Boston to Honolulu.

From the Top is produced and and distributed by NPR.


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This week From the Top presents Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the Unites States.  Featuring phenomenal young musicians from nearly every state in the union, this massive ensemble of over 100 performers delivers heart-stopping performances of the music of Bernstein, Gershwin, and a world premier of a work by American composer, Samuel Adams. We'll also hear some of the orchestra’s strongest performers play chamber music with host Christopher O'Riley.


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