Popular NPR Show “From the Top” with Host Christopher O’Riley Taping Broadcast at Tivoli Theatre
From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on WSMC Classical 90.5 fm, is coming to Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga to tape a radio broadcast on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. The popular NPR program will feature the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. This episode is brought to the Tivoli by Southern Adventist University’s WSMC Classical 90.5 in honor of the station’s 50th anniversary and is sponsored by Memorial Hospital. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 423.642.TIXS or visiting southern.edu/wsmc.
The broadcast taping features several young musicians, three of which are from eastern Tennessee: 17-year-old trumpet player John Burton from Cleveland, principal trumpet of the Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestra, performing Fantasie in E-flat for Trumpet and Piano by Joseph Eduard Barat; 16-year-old bass vocalist Thomas West from Lookout Mountain who attends the McCallie School in Chattanooga; and 16-year-old pianist Jerry Feng from Knoxville, performing Étude Op. 10, No. 12 ("Revolutionary Etude") by Frédéric Chopin.
The episode will air nationally the week of June 11, 2012, and on WSMC Classical 90.5 fm on Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, June 19 at 10 a.m.
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 more than 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top has been described by the Boston Globe as, "entertaining, accessible and inspirational…the show is a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives."
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 support from U.S. Trust. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations. From the Top is an independent non-profit organization headquartered in Boston. From the Top’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH. Learn more at fromthetop.org. From the Top’s 2011-12 National Tour is sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.
In addition to WSMC’s From the Top event, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will also provide a special pre-broadcast performance.