WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to sponsor weekly broadcasts of the NPR music program From the Top, a unique showcase for young classical musicians, on Sundays at 10 p.m. beginning on March 3.
Hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, From the Top celebrates the extraordinary talents and captivating stories of a new generation of classical musicians. Filmed before live audiences in concert halls across the nation, each one-hour episode presents five high-caliber performances from these young prodigies, along with interviews, games and more. The series aims to inspire listeners and help build new audiences and an increased appreciation for classical music.
Over its 13 years on the air, From the Top has featured visits by such guest musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Hilary Hahn, Bobby McFerrin, Midori and Béla Fleck, who have performed alongside the young talent showcased on the program. The popular series now reaches more than 700,000 listeners on approximately 250 stations, and WNPR is proud that it will soon be one of those stations.
“This program fits in very well with the other great national and local shows that blend art and conversation on WNPR,” says WNPR News Director John Dankosky. “From Sound Opinions to Studio 360, from The Colin McEnroe Show to From the Top, WNPR is committed to showcasing a wide variety of artistic talent, while at the same time learning about how that art is made.”
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