From the Top Announces 10th Anniversary Tour

boy_violinWe are pleased to announce our 2009-2010 national tour dates for taping our popular NPR radio program hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O’Riley. The tour will include concert events at From the Top’s home base at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and cities from Atlanta to Santa Barbara and will mark From the Top’s tenth anniversary in public broadcasting.

What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio. Broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of more than 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top celebrates the amazing performances and captivating stories of America’s best pre-college classical musicians.

In the past ten years, From the Top has expanded its reach to include an Emmy-nominated PBS television series, online media, and rich educational programming ranging from school and community outreach to music textbooks published by Macmillan/McGraw Hill. Annually, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award more than $200,000 in scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1 million in support of pre-college students since 2005.

From the Top’s 10th Anniversary Tour will reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages across the country. In conjunction with the national tour, we will also conduct classroom and community outreach programs leveraging the power of our performers as role models for younger students.

From the Top will also lead residency programs in the Hawaiian Islands and in Iowa that combine live radio tapings with school programs, curriculum development, and leadership workshops for high school musicians. Select tapings during the season will bring back From the Top alumni to highlight their successes and reminisce on ten years on the air. Tour dates can be found on and include:

2009-2010 From the Top’s 10th Anniversary Tour & NPR Radio Taping Schedule*

Wednesday, July 8, 2009: Wolfeboro, NH
Brewster Academy, Presented by Heifetz International Music Institute

Sunday, October 4, 2009: Boston, MA
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

Friday, October 9, 2009: Salt Lake City, UT
Libby Gardner Hall at University of Utah, Presented by Utah Chamber Artists and KBYU Classical 89

Wednesday, November 4, 2009: Atlanta, GA
Schwartz Center at Emory University

Saturday, November 7, 2009: Granville, OH
Swasey Chapel at Denison University, Presented by Vail Series

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: Waco, TX
Jones Concert Hall at Baylor University, Presented by KWBU

Friday, November 13, 2009: Dallas, TX
Dallas Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, December 5, 2009: Stanford CA
Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University, Presented by Stanford Lively Arts

Wednesday Jan. 20, 2010: Kamuela, HI**
Presented by Hawaii Public Radio

Friday Jan. 22, 2010: Hilo, HI**
Presented by Hawaii Public Radio

Wednesday, January 27, 2010: Santa Barbara, CA
Lobero Theatre, Presented by SBT: The Santa Barbara Theatre, Music Academy of the West and The Lobero Theatre Foundation

Saturday, February 6, 2010: Boston, MA
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

Friday, February 12, 2010: Burlington VT
Flynn Center for Performing Arts

Wednesday, February 24, 2010: Iowa City, IA**
Englert Theatre, Presented by Orchestra Iowa

Wednesday, March 24, 2010: Portland, ME
Merrill Auditorium, Presented by PCA Great Performances

Tuesday, May 18, 2010: Ames, IA**
Fisher Theatre, Presented by Orchestra Iowa

*Schedule is subject to change. Check for updated information.
**Concert tapings are part of From the Top residency program