From the Top Announces 2014–2015 National Tour; Popular NPR Series Hosted by Christopher O’Riley Celebrates Young Musicians in Communities from Connecticut to California

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For Immediate Release: July 17, 2014
Contact: Robin Allen LaPlante
617-437-0707 x103, [email protected]
Jodi Beznoska
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From the Top Announces 2014–2015 National Tour Popular NPR Series Hosted by Christopher O’Riley
Celebrates Young Musicians in Communities from Connecticut to California

(Boston)…Celebrating its 15th Anniversary season, From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley, the preeminent showcase for young musicians, announces its 2014–2015 National Tour. The 17-city tour invites audiences to live recordings of the popular NPR radio program, featuring outstanding classical musicians ages 8-18. Among the season highlights will be a special concert recording in Washington, DC, in partnership with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The concert will celebrate the joint 15th anniversaries of the organizations, and mark two million dollars in scholarships given to extraordinary young musicians with financial need through From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Recordings will also occur at such venerable education institutions as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Interlochen Center for the Arts, and From the Top will also make return visits to the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado and to the Chautauqua Institution in New York.

In addition to recording its live radio show, at each tour stop From the Top helps young musicians take their music beyond the concert hall to diverse audiences in school and community settings. Performers on each show participate in an Arts Leadership Orientation where they explore their own leadership pathways and brainstorm ways to take music beyond the concert hall in their own hometowns. In their 15th anniversary season, From the Top will extend the outreach programs in several select communities with the generous assistance from the William R. Kenan Jr Charitable Trust and the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, as well as many other generous donors.

Broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of more than 700,000 listeners, From the Top celebrates the amazing performances and captivating stories of America’s best pre-college classical musicians. Considered the most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio, the show 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.”

From the Top is now accepting applications from eligible young musicians at

2014–2015 From the Top National Tour*

Sunday, August 3, 2014: Aspen, Colorado
Harris Concert Hall
Aspen Music Festival and School

Sunday, October 5, 2014: Boston, Massachusetts
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

Friday, October 24, 2014: Washington, DC
Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University
Washington Performing Arts
Sponsored by Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Saturday, November 1, 2014: Storrs, Connecticut
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
University of Connecticut

Thursday, November 6, 2014: Greenville, South Carolina
The Peace Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, December 13, 2014: Montclair, New Jersey
Alexander Kasser Theater
Peak Performances at Montclair State University

Saturday, February 7, 2015: Boston, Massachusetts
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

Saturday, February 14, 2015: San Francisco, California
Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Friday, March 13, 2015: Interlochen, Michigan
Corson Auditorium
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Tuesday, June 30, 2015: Chautauqua, New York
Chautauqua Amphitheater
Chautauqua Institution

Additional dates and locations to be determined. Schedule is subject to change. Check for updated information.

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’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH.

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