For the first broadcast of the month, From the Top visits the National Music Museum (NMM) & Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments; one of the great institutions of its kind in the world.
5/4 From the University of South Dakota at the National Music Museum, you'll hear some of the amazing historical instruments in their collection, including an historic fortepiano, a vintage guitar, and a unique gamelan. You’ll also meet a 13-year-old violinist who lives on a ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and a string quartet from Minnesota.
5/11 From the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, we’ll celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Starling Chamber Orchestra with amazing performance by extraordinary musicians from Cincinnati and beyond.
5/18 From Bowling Green, Ohio, this week's show features one of the country's strongest teenage string quartets performing the music of Edvard Grieg and a young composer who's written an adventuresome piece with four movements inspired by the four ancient elements: earth, water, air and fire. You'll also hear a 15-year-old pianist who, in his spare time, invented a new chemical solution for protecting the public monuments of his home city, Houston, Texas.
5/25 From our broadcast home, Boston, Massachusetts, this week’s show features a pianist who, at the age of nine, was the youngest performer ever to sign with the recording label, EMI. Also, a phenomenal 16-year-old violinist tackles one of the most difficult and dazzling pieces for unaccompanied violin, and we’ll meet a 17-year-old who, having grown up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in San Francisco, has emerged to become a formidable young mezzo-soprano.