Monday, November 3, 2008

KBAQ 89.5 FM features valley youth Nov. 18


From the Top, the non-profit known for its hit radio and television broadcasts featuring the nation’s best young classical musicians hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O’Riley, comes to the Mesa Arts Center on Tuesday, November 18 at 8pm to tape its NPR radio program heard on KBAQ 89.5 FM. This special concert recording presented by the Mesa Arts Center and KBAQ will feature performances from outstanding young artists from Arizona and across the country. Tickets are available at (480) 644-6500 or For KBAQ listeners tickets are $25 and $6 for student groups.

Local talent includes 16-year-old flutist Chaz Salazar from Phoenix and 13-year-old pianist Carolynn Cong from Scottsdale. Salazar, who attends the Arizona School for the Arts, will play III. Presto Giocosofrom Sonata by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) accompanied by Christopher O’Riley on piano. He is also one of 25 recipients of From the Top’s $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Cong, who attends Pinnacle High School, will perform the fourth movement from Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82. Cong is also a National Finalist for Junior Baldwin Music Teachers Association.

Nick-Man & Robyn the violin and cello duo comprised of siblings Robyn, 18, and Nicholas, 15, Bollinger from Haddonfield, NJ, 15-year-old violinist Clayton Penrose-Whitmore from Springfield, IL, and 16-year-old trumpet player Ansel Norris from Madison, WI will also perform. As on every From the Top broadcast, this taping will highlight the performers’ musicianship as well as their lives outside of music through interviews with O’Riley.

In the past year, From The Top has featured two other Phoenix musicians on the show. Mia Laity, a 15-year-old violinist: and Anna Han, who will appear on the broadcast the week of November 3. Anna’s appearance was taped in Lawrence, Kansas this July at the International Institute for Young Musicians.

One of the most popular weekly radio programs on public radio, From the Top’s variety show format features music, interviews and light-hearted sketches with the country’s most talented pre-college age musicians. From the Top is heard on more than 200 NPR stations coast-to-coast and online at KBAQ carries the program Sundays at 7pm. This concert will broadcast on March 1, 2009.

From the Top’s PBS television program From the Top at Carnegie Hall, a 13-part series hosted by Christopher O’Riley, captures the excitement of young musicians in performance at Carnegie Hall and showcases their lives both on-stage and off. The series can be seen on KAET Sundays at noon as well as at

Each year, From the Top visits 20 communities to tape radio broadcasts and conduct education outreach programs that utilize the inspirational power of young musicians to motivate students and adults to engage in music and the arts. At broadcast taping performers are encouraged to explore ways in which they can connect with new audiences, serve as positive peer role models, and give back to their communities.


From the Top is a non-profit organization that celebrates the passion, dedication and personal stories of the nation’s outstanding young classical musicians. Through entertaining radio and television broadcasts, online media, and a national tour of live events and outreach programs, these performers inspire the pursuit of excellence, and encourage participation in the arts as an integral part of a vibrant and civil society.

From the Top’s training and mentorship programs prepare young musicians to connect with new audiences, serve as positive peer role models, and give back to their communities in many ways.

From the Top on NPR is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as public radio stations. From the Top radio program is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner.

Exclusive corporate funding for From the Top at Carnegie Hall on PBS is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major foundation funding is provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Helen and Peter Bing, National Endowment for the Arts, and the E.H.A. Foundation.

Music. It’s Powerful Stuff.