An article Sunday (9/6) on the NPR website states, “Nearly a decade ago, a noble experiment was broadcast on public radio. From the Top was launched as a showcase for pre-college classical musicians. Today, the program is heard by about 700,000 weekly listeners on NPR stations, and this year’s tour will reach more than 20,000 live fans. The show’s host is the amiable pianist Christopher O’Riley, known for playing Bach and Rachmaninoff, as well as his adventurous transcriptions of songs by the British rock band Radiohead. … For the 10th anniversary of From the Top, the show has invited back some alums from the early days. Violinist William Harvey appeared on From the Top’s pilot program ten years ago. He was a teenager then, taking his first plane flight and subway ride to get to the show. Since then, Harvey has graduated from the Juilliard School with a master’s degree in violin. He also served as the concertmaster of Spokane Symphony and he started a non-profit organization called Cultures in Harmony, which promotes cultural understanding through music. … Over the past decade From the Top has expanded, with road trips and a television show called From the Top at Carnegie Hall, now in its second season.”

Posted September 9, 2009