May 2014 Listings for From the Top

May 2014 Listings for From the Top

Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

The National Music Museum (NMM).  Its renowned collections, which include more than 14,800 American, European and non-Western instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods, are the most inclusive anywhere.


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.