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The National Public Radio program “From the Top” will be broadcast from the fourh annual International Piano Festival, to be held June 1-9 at Texas State.

A young performer featured in a past edition of “From the Top,” the radio program broadcast interationally through National Public Radio. COURTESY PHOTO

A young performer featured in a past edition of “From the Top,” the radio program broadcast interationally through National Public Radio. COURTESY PHOTO

“From the Top” is a weekly showcase for young musicians. The popular NPR program, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, will feature the performances and personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country.

The show will tape a broadcast in Evans Auditorium 7:30 p.m. June 8.

“We are proud and excited to host the famed NPR show ‘From the Top’ as part of the Texas State International Piano Festival,” said Jason Kwak, an associate professor of piano at Texas State and an organizer of the event. “Further, we are equally proud to feature many of the talented students from the festival as artists on the show.”

The show will feature several students who are participants in the Texas State International Piano Festival. A 16-year-old pianist, Elbert Gong from Belle Mead, NJ, will perform “Ondine” from Gaspard de la Nuit by Maurice Ravel. The Festival Duo, made up of pianists J.T. Hassell, 16 years old from Amarillo, and Melvina Kuoshu, 14 years old from Greer, SC, will perform “Scaramouche, Suite for Two Pianos,” by Darius Milhaud. Four festival students – 23-year-old Jenny Park, 18-year-old Martin Kesuma, 14-year-old Eunice Lee, and 15-year-old Helen Nebeker, along with host Christopher O’Riley – will perform an arrangement of “Stars and Stripes Forever” for five pianos by Texas’ own Peter Petroff.

The show will also feature 12-year-old composer and pianist JP Redmond from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, whose original composition “Three Poems to Sing,” will be performed by From the Top alum, Kara Sainz, a mezzo-soprano. Boston-based Brioso Trio, featuring 11-year-old violinist Hannah Ryu, 12-year-old cellist Evan Hsu, and 13-year-old pianist Andrew Li, will perform the first movement from the “Piano Trio in C major” by Franz Joseph Haydn.

“From the Top” may be heard locally on Classically Austin, KMFA-FM (89.5), on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m., and also on Texas Public Radio on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. This episode will air in the autumn of 2013.

 

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