"From the Top" records in Rochester

"From the Top" records in Rochester

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From the Top host Christopher O'Riley

Credit:  2005 Wendy Lynch

WXXI & Eastman School of Music bring NPR’s From the Top to record a show at Kodak Hall. 

The National Public Radio program that The Washington Post describes as “giving teenagers the chance to show their musical chops while demonstrating that they’re funny and cool” returns to Rochester to tape an upcoming episode. WXXI and the Eastman School of Music bring From the Top to town on March 19th and invite young musicians from the Rochester area to apply to be part of the show. From the Top first came to Rochester in 2008, when the program was recorded at Nazareth College and featured performances by five local musicians.

Hosted by internationally renowned pianist Christopher O’Riley, the show will record at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and will feature young musicians from across the country, along with eligible applicants from the Greater Rochester area.

Be Part of the Show:
From the Top producers are looking for exceptional young classical musicians between the ages of 8 and 18 to apply to be part of the show. Click here for complete details.

From the Top producers are also looking for Eastman School of Music alumni who may have performed on From the Top in the past.  Individuals should contact Helene Snihur at hsnihur@esm.rochester.edu. Information about tickets for the From the Top show at Kodak Hall on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7 p.m. will be available soon.


What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio. Broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners,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, the show is 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, 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 $1.8 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 is an independent non-profit organization headquartered in Boston that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people: unleashing the potential of young musicians as leaders in the arts; trumpeting the role of music to impact and enrich lives; and inspiring and building new audiences with a deeper appreciation for classical music.

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 corporate underwriting from U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations.  From the Top’sfounding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH. Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.

From the Top is heard on WXXI-FM 91.5/WXXY-FM 90.3/WXXI-FM HD on Sundays at 5 p.m. and on more than 250 stations coast to coast.


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