NPR Show 'From the Top' Comes to Bowdoin Feb. 29

Story posted February 01, 2012

From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians (heard locally on Maine Public Radio WMEA 90.1 FM), is coming to Bowdoin College's Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall, to tape a radio broadcast on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

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From the Top features performances and personal stories from young classical musicians from across the country. The NPR program, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley, was co-founded by Bowdoin alumnus Gerald Slavet, Class of 1961.

The Bowdoin broadcast taping will feature 19-year-old pianist and Bowdoin sophomore Allen Wong Yu from Cohoes, New York. Yu is an alumnus of From the Top, having appeared on the show when he was in high school.

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Pianist Allen Wong Yu performed at the College's 210th Convocation in August 2011.

The Elan Duo, with local 16-year-old violinist Nash Ryder from Arundel, Maine, and 16-year-old harpist Anna DeLoi from Plaistow, New Hampshire, will also be featured. The duo is coached by Stephanie Curcio and will perform Prelude from the Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy, arr. Jolles and Lucarelli.

Also on the broadcast: 17-year-old cellist Ben Manis from Chicago, Illinois; 15-year-old violinist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Gloria Ferry-Brennan from Langley, Washington, performing the first movement from Sonata by Francis Poulenc, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley; and 17-year-old clarinetist Moon Sun Yoo from the Walnut School of the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, performing Introduction, Theme, and Variation by Gioachino Rossini, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley on the piano.

This episode will air nationally the week of March 19, 2012, and on Maine Public Radio Monday, March 19 at 8 p.m.

The live taping is open to the public; tickets are required. Note: Advance tickets are sold out. Limited tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the show. For more information call the Office of Events and Summer Programs at 207-725-3433.

From the Top's 2011–2012 National Tour is sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. This episode is presented by Bowdoin College, and sponsored by Bowdoin's Mellon President's Arts and Lecture Fund.

Co-founded by Bowdoin alumnus Gerald Slavet (Class of 1961) and his business partner Jennifer Hurley-Wales in 1999, From the Top is the most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio. Broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of more than 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top has been described by The Boston Globe as "an entertaining, accessible and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits and games" and "a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives."

Annually, From the Top's live tapings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages across the United States. In conjunction with its national tour, through From the Top's Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, the Boston-based non-profit offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students. In addition, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award $10,000 scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1.4 million in support for pre-college students since 2005. From the Top launched its Emmy Award-winning PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall in 2007.

From the Top's radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and support from U.S. Trust. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations. From the Top is an independent non-profit organization headquartered in Boston. From the Top's founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH.

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