Our friend, Ruth, sent this here to the website:
copy of comment to NPR re. FROM THE TOP:
For a number of years, we have so looked forward to listening to From the Top, with Christopher O’Riley as the host par excellence. He was well-prepared, interactive, sensitive, and seemed to have a natural ability to showcase his talented young musicians while putting them at ease and injecting a nice touch of humor. All the while he drew out different dimensions of their background, interests and personalities; in addition he was a superb musician. The program was a delightful and optimistic change from the charged pessimism that we’re bombarded with. Recently, we’ve also become aware that he never injected politics.
This was brought home by the program on October 21, with Paul Katz as host. It featured two youth from Israel, one apparently Jewish and one, Moslem and Arab, living in the West Bank. I can only imagine that Mr. O’Riley would have let their commonality- their mutual talent and love of music- speak for itself, without introducing a negative scenario that was not expressed by either of the young people. It even contained an error in fact.
As much as the current ever-changing hosts come with musicianship and goodwill, their enthusiasm often sounds forced and awkward, maybe due to lack of experience. This is understandable, but sadly, something intangibly humane is lost.
With Kind Regards, Ruth Heuberger GT. Barrington, Ma 01230
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