Experience a live recording of NPR’s From the Top in a concert setting. As America’s largest national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically trained musicians, From the Top welcomes these young musicians to perform and share stories with special guest host and pianist Peter Dugan. Support for this recording of From the Top is provided in part by Patti and Chip Wilson.
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From the Top is America’s largest national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically trained musicians. Through live events, NPR and video broadcasts, scholarships, and arts education programs, From the Top empowers these extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.
Founded in Boston in 1995 by Gerald Slavet and Jennifer Hurley-Wales, From the Top originated as a variety-style radio show. More than 20 years later, From the Top has grown into a multimedia and arts education powerhouse, transforming the lives of hundreds of young musicians each year, inspiring millions of fans, and pioneering new ways to unite communities around the promise of outstanding young talent. Every year, more than three million fans around the globe enjoy its radio broadcasts, videos, and live performances.
From the Top celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people by unleashing the potential of young musicians as leaders in the arts, trumpeting the role of music to impact and enrich lives, and inspiring and building new audiences with a deeper appreciation for classical music.
More about Peter Dugan
Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Juilliard-trained pianist Peter Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms. For the past decade, he’s appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad. His debut last year with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony was described by the Los Angeles Times as “stunning.” As a founding creator and the pianist for 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. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Dugan appeared on From the Top show 158, recorded at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia in April 2007, at the age of 18, as a member of The Grey Charitable Trust Trio of the Settlement Music School. Dugan’s full biography and performance clips are available on From the Top’s website.
Peter is the first in a series of guest hosts to interview and accompany the young musicians who are featured on From the Top, following the departure of longtime host Christopher O’Riley.
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