From the Top: Teenagers to perform for NPR program.Written by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nine teenagers will take the stage during “From the Top.”
The show will feature young musicians during an 8 p.m. performance Sept. 28 at Kobacker Hall at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts.
The performance will be recorded as a radio broadcast for the NPR program on WGTE Public Media 91.3 FM.
Fifteen-year-old pianist Patrick Pan will perform during the show. The last time the Houston native was in the area, he won first place in BGSU’s David D. Dubois Piano Competition.
“From the Top” contacted Pan to play for the upcoming show.
“We had our eyes on him for a little while,” producer David Balsom said. “From the Top” organizers saw Pan play over a year ago. “When he won the Dubois competition, this seemed to be the best place to bring him because we’re bringing him back to celebrate really one of the best piano competitions in the country.”
Pan said he was about to turn in an application to the show when he received a phone call from them asking him to play in Bowling Green.
“It was really encouraging … when they invited me first,” Pan said. “It was really such an honor [to be asked to play].”
Quartet Lumiére, which won first place in the Junior Division of the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, will perform the first movement from the String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26, by Edvard Grieg. The quartet includes 18-year-old violinist Rebecca Benjamin, 16-year-old violinist Gallia Kastner, 15-year-old violist Mira Williams and 15-year-old cellist Josiah Yoo.
The quartet will also perform a piece composed by 17-year-old Chason Goldfinger from Malvern, Pa., who will also appear at the show.
Contrabassist Lena Goodson and violinist Sein An will also perform.
“From the Top” quickly became one of the fastest growing weekly classical music programs on public radio after starting as an experiment in 2000, according to a news release. It is broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners.
It is an independent, nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston aims to celebrate the power of music from young people.
The show has 20 live concert recordings every year, and has for the past 14 years. They change performers every show.
This show will be the first time “From the Top” will be in Northwest Ohio. It can be heard locally on WGTE 91.3 FM on Sundays at noon. This episode is set to air later this year.
For tickets to the show, visit bgsu.edu/cultural_arts.
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