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From the Top Comes to Waco in its 10th Anniversary Season

Oct. 13, 2009

From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians, comes to Baylor University's Jones Concert Hall on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. to tape a radio broadcast in its 10th Anniversary Season. Presented by KWBU, the NPR broadcast taping hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley will feature the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from Texas and beyond. Tickets are $20 and are available now at the Jones Hall box office on the campus of Baylor University.

On the broadcast taping, 16-year-old violinist and fiddling champ Mia Orosco, 16 from Lorena, TX will perform a fiddle piece on the taping along with 15-year-old cellist Nathanial Smith from Brandon, MS, who will also perform as a soloist. Also appearing is 17-year-old organist Samuel Gaskin from College Station, TX performing Prelude & Fugue on Alain, Op. 17 by Maurice Duruflé, 18-year-old pianist Vijay Venkatesh from Laguna Niguel, CA, and 17-year-old violinist Yurie Mitsuhashi from Fort Lee, NJ, a recipient of From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. In addition, the taping will feature an appearance by a past From the Top performer yet to be named. This is part of a series of alumni spotlights that will air over the course of From the Top's 10th Anniversary Season.

This episode will air nationally the week of December 14. From the Top can be heard on KWBU 103.3 FM Tuesdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

About From the Top

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 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, 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. In conjunction with its national tour, the non-profit conducts classroom and community outreach 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 more than $200,000 a year in scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1 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 and both seasons of episodes are available in their entirety at pbs.org/fromthetop. In 2009, Telarc Records released From the Top at the Pops, featuring a bright and diverse group of young musicians from around the country performing with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

From the Top recently joined forces with Telarc and the Cincinnati Pops to release From the Top at the Pops, a new CD featuring a bright and diverse group of young musicians from around the country, on sale now at Amazon.com and other retailers.

From the Top is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as public radio stations. From the Top's radio program is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner.

About KWBU Public Broadcasting

Affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), KWBU serves more than 80,000 people each week through its public radio, television and educational outreach programs. It is a service of Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Foundation, Baylor University and its member listeners/viewers and corporate sponsors, and is one of only 76 joint licensees (public television and radio) in the nation.

Media Contacts

Program Contact: Erin Haran MacCurtain emaccurtain@fromthetop.org, 617.437.0707 ext. 117

KWBU-FM Contact: Brodie Bashaw brodie@kwbu.org, 254.710.3695

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