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NYO-USA: From the Top

Last week, during the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America’s training residency, the orchestra taped an episode of From the Top. Featuring incredible young musicians in performance and conversation, this radio show is broadcast on NPR stations across the country. 

Show No. 293, featuring NYO-USA, is now available for streaming online.

You can also find the radio broadcast schedule for an NPR station near you. The episode will air in markets across the country through Monday, July 28.

Learn more about the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

NYO-USA performs on From the Top with David Robertson on the podium.

Under the direction of David Robertson, the orchestra performed Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and an abridged version of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture (arr. Bennett). The orchestra also performed the world premiere of Radial Play by Samuel Adams, which was commissioned by Carnegie Hall for NYO-USA.

The show also featured solo and chamber music performances by members of the orchestra. Silvio Guitian, a clarinetist from Baltimore, Maryland, performed the first movement, from Saint-Saëns's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 167, with pianist and From the Top host Christopher O’Riley. Three returning members of NYO-USA performed the fourth movement from Fauré's Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15. Violinist Soyeong Park from Princeton Junction, New Jersey; violist Martine Thomas from Rochester, New York; and cellist Kartik Papatla from Mequon, Wisconsin were joined by O’Riley on piano for this performance.

Silvio Guitian performs Saint-Saëns with Christopher O’Riley at the piano.

The episode also features the voices of David Robertson, Samuel Adams, and the musicians themselves in conversation with host Christopher O’Riley. The young musicians relived the moment they received an acceptance email from Carnegie Hall. Some members of the 2013 orchestra told the audience what it was like to play at the BBC Proms in London as part of NYO-USA’s tour last summer. The audience even got to hear the application tapes of some musicians along with a few other special surprises. Don’t miss this sneak peek inside NYO-USA.

NYO-USA taped its episode of From the Top in front of a live audience at Purchase College, SUNY.

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