The Front Row

“From the Top” (video)

From The Top, NPR’s showcase for the country’s best young classical musicians, comes to the Wortham Center for a live taping.  And we have a studio performance by pianist Esther Liao and cellist Charles Seo, the two Houston-area teenagers who have been selected to appear as guests on the nationally-syndicated program.  Plus, we chat with Michael Webster, Music Director of the Houston Youth Symphony, which will also take the stage with FTP host Christopher O’Riley.

Esther Liao, Charles Seo and Michael Webster talk with St.John Flynn.

16-year-old cellist Charles Seo plays the 3rd of Robert Schumann’s Three Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73, in the Geary Performance Studio with pianist Esther Liao previewing his appearance on NPR’s From the Top.


15-year-old pianist Esther Liao plays Chopin’s “Winter Wind” étude (Op. 25, no. 11) in the Geary Performance Studio previewing her appearance on NPR’s From the Top.