A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

From the Top,” the nationally distributed NPR program heard throughout the Los Angeles region on KUSC (FM 91.5), brings its next live recording event to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m., featuring newly announced host Peter Dugan and co-host Vijay Gupta. 

“From the Top” is the most popular weekly one-hour music program on public radio. Young performers share their passion for classical music through performance and conversation, giving insight into their unique worlds, from musical pursuits to day-in-the-life musings.

Dugan and Gupta will interview and perform with each of the exceptional young artists, ages 10 to 18. The broadcast of this live event will air on participating stations and by podcast during the week of June 1.

Featured musicians include: 

  • 10-year-old pianist Olivia Larco from Pasadena, Calif., performing Chopin’s Étude Op.25 no.11, “Winter Wind” 
  • The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, artistic director), with conductor Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, performing “Pueri Herbraeorum” by Randall Thompson and “Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen, arranged by Mark Hayes
  • 17-year-old cellist Mei Hotta from Torrance, Calif., performing Piano Trio, III. Capricious by Reena Esmail with Peter Dugan, piano, and Vijay Gupta, violin 
  • 14-year-old violinist Bianca Ciubancan from Chicago, Ill., performing Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 7 in F Major, from 21 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 with host Peter Dugan
  • The Quantum Saxophone Quartet from Dallas, Texas, performing Marcelo Zarvos’ “Memory” from Nepomuk’s Dances. The quartet features: GianCarlo Lay, 16, from Carrollton, Texas, recipient of “From the Top’s” Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award; Ekdev Rajkitkul, 17, from Frisco, Texas, recipient of “From the Top’s” Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award; Austin Dreyer, 18, from Carrollton, Texas, and Peyton Joffre, 18, from Carrollton, Texas. The Quantum Quartet’s appearance is sponsored by ACMP.

“From the Top’s” live recording events are one part of a larger residency, which includes leadership training, community engagement and career development programs designed to explore how each of the young participating musicians can utilize their artistry beyond traditional performance settings.

The March 4 event is presented in conjunction with GRoW @ The Wallis, the umbrella for a robust mix of education and outreach programs at The Wallis. The young artists will also perform in a non-broadcast concert at The Wallis for some 500-area school children ages eight to 18 in grades three through 12 from seven local schools on Thursday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m., as part of GRoW @ The Wallis.


Approximately 90 minutes without intermission 


Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Bram Goldsmith Theater
9390 N. Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills 90210


$35 to $59 (prices subject to change)
Recommended for ages 7 and up
(310) 746-4000