Michael Thurber, composer

Hometown: LaSalle, Michigan

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Michael appeared as a guest host, alongside co-host Tessa Lark, on Show 376 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Meet Michael

Acclaimed composer and bassist Michael Thurber’s musical career defies categorization. From composing for The Royal Shakespeare Company and co-founding the smash YouTube channel CDZA, to creating his Thurber Theater variety show, teaching at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute, composing for symphony orchestras across the country, and performing in the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as well as in a duo with violinist Tessa Lark, Thurber’s musical journey has been remarkably singular. He is an alumnus of From the Top and serves on From the Top’s Board of Directors.

Michael’s history with From the Top:

Michael performed most recently on NPR’s From the Top Show 303, recorded in Interlochen, MI, on March 13, 2015. His original composition for full orchestra, “The Three Musketeers”, debuted at this recording. The performance featured soloists Kris Bowers (piano), Charles Yang (violin), Mark Dover (clarinet), and Thurber himself on bass. Learn more.

He has also appeared on Show 125, recorded in Winona Lake, IN, on June 18, 2005; and on Show 142, recorded in Granville, OH, on April 7, 2006


Listen to Michael

Show 376, Boston, MA
Cedar and Sage, by Michael Thurber and Tessa Lark

Show 303, Interlochen, Michigan
Featured soloist in The Three Musketeers, A Play for Instruments (world premiere performance)

Show 142, Granville, OH
Three Part Invention No. 7 in E Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach

Show 142, Granville, OH
"Sunset Road" by Béla Fleck

Show 125, Winona Lake, IN
Two- Part Inventions, No 2 in C minor by Johann Sebastian Bach and “Blues in Bach Flat" (based on Two-Part Invention No. 1), arranged by Ross Mintzer/MichaelThurber

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