A Musical Celebration of Mother's Day
A Musical Celebration of Mother's Day
Join us for a night of music celebrating mothers, featuring our Co-Hosts / Creatives: Orli Shaham (piano), Tessa Lark & Charles Yang (violin), Alex Laing (clarinet), Peter Dugan (piano).
May 05, 2021
A Musical Celebration of Mother's Day
Join us for a night of music celebrating mothers, featuring our Co-Hosts / Creatives: Orli Shaham (piano), Tessa Lark & Charles Yang (violin), Alex Laing (clarinet), Peter Dugan (piano).
A Musical Celebration of Mother's Day
Join us for a night of music celebrating mothers, featuring our Co-Hosts / Creatives: Orli Shaham (piano), Tessa Lark & Charles Yang (violin), Alex Laing (clarinet), Peter Dugan (piano).
Peter Dugan
Host • Upper Darby, PA

Peter was named Host of From the Top in January 2020.

Peter Dugan’s position is sponsored by Susan and Gerald Slavet.

Peter first appeared on From the Top Show 158, recorded in April 2007, at age 18.


Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, pianist Peter Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms.

He is heard nationwide as the  host of NPR’s beloved program From the Top.  He has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad. 

In 2020, Mr Dugan performed with Joshua Bell on a PBS Broadcast “At Home with Music” and appeared on  the album of the same name on Sony Classical. He was also featured on PBS Great Performances with mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan for the series “Now Hear This”.

A sought-after multi-genre artist, Mr. Dugan has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Renee Fleming to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close. Mr Dugan’s debut performances with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony were described by the Los Angeles Times as “stunning” and by the SF Chronicle as “fearlessly athletic.” The Wall Street Journal described Mr. Dugan’s collaboration with violinist Charles Yang as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo.” Mr. Dugan has been presented in chamber music recitals by Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Music at Menlo, Moab Music Festival, and recently in recital with Joshua Bell at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival.  He was the 2019 featured recitalist for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, and has soloed with the San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, New World Symphony, and Mid-Texas Symphony.

His album with baritone John Brancy –  A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song – pays homage to composers who lived through, fought in, and died in the Great War. Brancy and Dugan toured this program across North America in commemoration of the centennial of WWI, including performances at The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Stanford University, the United States Naval Academy, and the Smithsonian Institute.  Together Brancy and Dugan won first prize at the 2018 Montreal International Music Competition and second prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He can also be heard as the piano soloist on a recording of Ives’ Fourth Symphony from Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, a recording which the New York Times named one of the top classical albums of 2019. 

Mr. Dugan advocates the importance of music in the community and at all levels of society.  As a founding creator of Operation Superpower, a superhero opera for children, he has traveled to dozens of schools in the greater New York area, performing for students and encouraging them to use their talents – their superpowers – for good.

Mr. Dugan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio. He was a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholar, College Scholar, and Graduate Scholar awards.

He resides in New York City with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at the Juilliard School Evening Division. Mr. Dugan is a Yamaha Artist.

Charles Yang
Co-Host/Creative • Austin, Texas

Charles Yang appeared as Guest Host on Show 364 in Beaver Creek, CO and Co-Host on Show 391 in November 2020.

He appeared as guest artist on Show 346 in Boston, MA on October 1, 2017 as a member of Time for Three and Show 303, recorded in Interlochen, MI, on March 13, 2015.

He was a featured performer on Show 74, recorded in Austin, TX, on October 19, 2002; Show 160, recorded in Boston on May 23, 2007; Show 230, recorded in Monterey, CA, on April 7, 2011; and Show 286, recorded in Cincinnati, OH, on April 2, 2014.

Charles Yang, recipient of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award has been described by the Boston Globe as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star.” A graduate from the Juilliard School, Mr. Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow. He first appeared on From the Top as a 14 year-old and has been featured on radio, PBS’ “From the Top at Carnegie Hall” and numerous other From the Top projects ever since.   He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. On June 9th of 2005, the Mayor of Austin presented Mr. Yang with his own “Charles Yang Day.” He joined the genre-defying trio, Time for Three in 2016. Visit his website at charlesyangmusic.com.

Tessa Lark
Co-Host/Creative •

Tessa joins From the Top as Co-Host on Show 406, recorded in Louisville, Kentucky, Show 397, recorded in New York, New York, and  Show 376  from Boston, Massachusetts.

She is an alumna of From the Top, having appeared on Shows 93, 243 and 286.


Violinist Tessa Lark, recipient of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, is one of the most captivating artistic voices of our time. A budding superstar in the classical realm, she is also a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky. Since making her concerto debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at sixteen, Ms. Lark has appeared with dozens of orchestras, festivals, and recital venues which include Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, San Francisco Performances, Marlboro Music, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Australia’s Musica Viva Festival. Recent and upcoming highlights include debuts with the Seattle and Indianapolis symphonies and the Buffalo and Rochester philharmonics. In January 2019, she made her debut with the Albany Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of SKY, a bluegrass-inspired violin concerto written for her by Michael Torke, and since then she has performed the work with numerous other orchestras. Ms. Lark is a graduate of New England Conservatory with an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. She plays a ca.1600 G.P. Maggini violin on loan from an anonymous donor through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Recently, Tessa received the 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, the Hunt Family Award, and a 2020 Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her recording of Michael Torke‘s Sky Concerto.

Follow her on Instagram @tessalark.

 

Orli Shaham
Co-Host/Creative • New York, New York

Orli has joined From the Top as Guest Host on Show 404, Show 405, Show 390, Show 389, Show 379, Show 380, and Show 361.


Concert Pianist Orli Shaham is a regular guest host on From the Top and has an impressive international reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists. The New York Times called her a “brilliant pianist”, and she is admired worldwide for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire.

In 2021, Orli Shaham releases Volumes 2 & 3 of the complete Mozart Sonatas on Canary Classics, the latest in her Mozart recording series, which also includes Volume 1 of the sonatas, as well as an “outstanding” (International Piano) concertos album with St. Louis Symphony. In 2022 Ms. Shaham serves on the jury for Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Honens International Piano Competition.

In addition to performing concertos and recitals around the world, she hosts Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard, a live interactive concert series for young children which Ms. Shaham founded in 2010. In 2020, she created Bach Yard Playdates, a series of online interactive music programs for children, including storytimes and musical selections designed to develop listening skills.

Ms. Shaham joined From the Top’s team of Co-Hosts and Creatives in January 2020.

Follow Orli: Facebook @OrliShahamPiano | Twitter @orlishaham | Instagram @orlishaham

 

Alex Laing
Co-Host/Creative • Phoenix, AZ

Alex Laing’s work represents a modern take on orchestral practice. Principal clarinet of The Phoenix Symphony, he is active as a performing and teaching artist, passionate and curious about design and learning, and actively exploring the push and pull between a legacy art form and its unfixed future.

In addition to his work with The Phoenix Symphony, recent seasons have found him contributing his sound in a range of other projects including: as a soloist with the Sphinx Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall, with Lawrence Brownlee (in both the world premiere and visual recording of Tyshawn Sorey’s Cycle of My Being), with the Re-Collective Orchestra (in the 2019 soundtrack recording of Disney’s The Lion King) and as a member of Gateways Festival Orchestra.

Alex is frequently sought for his thought leadership and has been an invited speaker to the annual conferences of both the Association of British Orchestras and the League of American Orchestras where, in 2019 he was a keynote speaker. Shaped around his belief that ‘music isn’t just sound; it is sounds, and words, and people’, his practice has been honored, most recently with a 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence and in 2017 named one of Musical America’s Professionals of the Year.

As a teacher he has been a frequent collaborator with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) program, and a faculty member for both the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) and the League of American Orchestras’ ‘Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar’. He’s currently lead faculty for the YOLA National Institute and serves on the board of directors for Gateways Music Festival and Arizona School for the Arts.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Alex received his master’s degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, an artist’s diploma from the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam and a certificate in nonprofit management from Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.

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Charles Yang
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Tessa Lark
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Orli Shaham
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