From the Top with host Christopher O'Riley showcases the nation's most outstanding young classical musicians. Each week, pre-collegiate musicians' stunning individual performances are combined with lively interviews, lighthearted sketches and musical games.
The program celebrates the role of music in all our lives and the dedication, grace, and optimism that go into creating it.
Recorded in live concert settings in concert halls around the U.S., From the Top captures the top-notch musicianship, offbeat humor, and insights of America's best classical musicians aged nine to 18.
High-profile performers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Bobby McFerrin have appeared to talk about their musical influences and the development of their careers, and to perform with the young artists.
The program has been described by The Chicago Tribune as "One of the most original programs in the history of public radio," while the Los Angeles Times declared, "From the Top is making classical music wild and fun and crazy!"