Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Take it...

From the Top, to quote Chris O'Riley!
Classically trained teenagers will have their chance to shine as Texas Public Radio’s KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM welcome National Public Radio’s From the Top on September 13 at Laurie Auditorium.
From the Top is a nationally broadcast radio program that features America’s top young classical musicians and vocalists. The program is heard at 10 a.m. every Saturday on Texas Public Radio’s KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM. Texas Public Radio is seeking classically trained musicians from ages nine to 18 to submit their audition tapes to appear in the live San Antonio taping. From the Top is currently accepting applications for soloists, composers, and small and large ensembles. The deadline to be considered for inclusion in the September taping is July 1. Interested performers are required to submit an application in addition to a recording of two current selections. Specific application details are available on
With an audience of approximately 750,000 weekly listeners, From the Top is public radio’s fastest-growing program in history. Recorded in live concert settings around the United States, From the Top’s host, acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley helps to capture the top notch musicianship, offbeat humor and insights of America’s best pre-teen and teenage classical musicians. Many performers who appear on the show are invited to tour nationally as the program records around the United States.
High-profile performers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Bobby McFerrin have appeared on the show to talk about their musical influences and to perform with the young artists. Each one-hour program presents five young performers or ensembles whose stunning individual performances are combined with lively interviews, unique pre-produced segments, radio theater skits and lighthearted musical games. Previous episodes are streamed on NPR's music website.
More details on From the Top’s visit to San Antonio are available on Texas Public Radio’s website at

And you'll also want to note that Chris will make another appearance in San Antonio when he plays with cellist Carter Brey in October for the Tuesday Music Club!

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