National Music Museum to bring NPR Show ‘From the Top’ to Vermillion

“From the Top,” the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on NPR comes to Aalfs Auditorium at the University of South Dakota to tape a radio broadcast on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. The popular NPR program hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley will feature the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country.

This episode will be presented by The National Music Museum.

The show will showcase one student from the Heartland: 13-year-old violinist Maya Anjali Buchanan from Rapid City. She travels monthly to Rice University to take lessons with Paul Kantor, and also studies privately with Nicolette Solomon at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas. She attended Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2013. The show will also feature 15-year-old pianist Evan Lee from Brooklyn, NY, who is a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

Also on the show: 18-year-old saxophonist Jon Corin from Sarasota, FL; 16-year-old guitar player Henry Johnston from St. Paul, MN; and The Luna String Quartet from the Artaria Chamber Music School in Minneapolis, MN, which includes members 17-year-old violinist Anna Humphrey, 15-year-old violinist Emma Richman, 17-year-old cellist Nora Doyle, and 18-year-old violist Alexandra Sophocleus.

Host Christopher O’Riley will perform a finale from “33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli” by Ludwig van Beethoven one of the National Music Museum’s historic pianos.

For tickets and information, visit This episode will air nationally and online in the fall of 2013.

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 nearly 700,000 listeners, “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 across the United States. In conjunction with its national tour, the Boston-based non-profit offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community 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 $10,000 scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1.8 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.

“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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