NPR’s From the Top: Boston, MA / Show 376

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM  |  New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall  |  Presented by From the Top

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This week’s episode from Boston features the duo Michael Thurber and Tessa Lark as guest hosts alongside outstanding musicians from across the country. We meet a teenage trumpet player who had to overcome major hardship in his home country of Macedonia to pursue music, an 11-year-old pianist who performs a piece by Chopin, and an award-winning string quartet who teams up with the guest hosts for a high-energy finale.


  • Guest Host: Michael Thurber
    From composing for The Royal Shakespeare Company to performing in the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and traveling around the country with violinist Tessa Lark, Thurber’s musical journey has been remarkably singular.
  • Guest Host: Tessa Lark
    Violinist Tessa Lark, recipient of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist in the 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.

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  • Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Monday, July 6, 2020
  • Monday, March 8, 2021

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Support Provided By

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

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The Kalico Quartet’s appearance is supported by Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP).

The performance of Iris at Sunrise by Thatcher Harrison is part of From the Top’s New Music Series with support from The Amphion Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

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