How are the radio program and the television series related?

From the Top at Carnegie Hall was created out of the success of the weekly radio program distributed by NPR, From the Top. Both programs are created by From the Top Inc, an independent non profit based in Boston. Both shows are hosted by concert pianist Christopher O'Riley and celebrate the excellence of America's finest young classical musicians. Now in its eighth season, the radio series airs on 250 stations nationally.

How were performers selected for the television series?

From the Top at Carnegie Hall accepts applications on a rolling basis, and is always searching for talented pre-college age soloists and ensembles. Some of the television series performers are veterans of the From the Top radio series. For detailed information, see fromthetop.org.

How do you come up with those clever behind-the-scenes stories?

Before the tapings, the production team extensively interviews the young performers to get a sense of their aspirations, goals, and interests outside of their musical endeavors. They then adapt what they've learned about the kids to make a background piece for the television series.

How can I get in touch with a performer or Christopher O'Riley?

Please visit the audience feedback section of our website to send a message to performers from the show and host Christopher O'Riley. Due to the volume of messages received we are not able to reply individually.

Can I buy a DVD of the program?

Yes, to buy the DVD go to shopPBS.org and search for From the Top at Carnegie Hall.

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