Rachael Walters Brightwell
- Associate Director for Programing and Outreach
ATLANTA - From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on WABE 90.1 comes to the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on September 19, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. This special live radio recording event will showcase several young classical musicians from the Atlanta area on the national broadcast, including the Chamber Choir from the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA), a rigorous training program for dedicated young performing artists at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, Georgia.
This recording of the popular NPR program hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley will also feature 17-year-old violist Erin Pitts from Atlanta, Georgia, who is principal violist with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young musicians from across the country will be showcased, including 18-year-old organist Forrest Eimold from Winthrop, Massachusetts, and 13-year-old cellist Isaiah Kim from Wallingford, Pennsylvania.
For tickets and additional information, visit arts.emory.edu. From the Top may be heard locally on WABE 90.1 on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.; this episode will air nationally the week of November 9, 2015.
From the Top is America’s premier national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Operating from Boston’s vibrant music district, From the Top produces nationwide media programs (like NPR’s From the Top Live with Christopher O’Riley), presents inspiring live performances in Boston and around the country, offers scholarships, and helps America’s talented, hard-working, and dedicated young musicians inspire music lovers of all ages.
Broadcast on over 220 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners, NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley 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’s PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall (2007–2009) won two daytime Emmy awards, and From the Top’s YouTube channel offers videos and behind-the-scenes insights.
Now in its 15th year, From the Top's live recordings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages across the United States each year. In conjunction with its national tour, From the Top’s Education & Outreach department offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students.
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. Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.