Posted on May 31, 2012 by fttgreenroom
We love having the chance to meet with other young musicians whenever we’re on tour for a show. This past April brought us to Potsdam, NY, where we were able to meet with two groups of high school music students. Performers John Lee (cello) and Margaux Filet (flute) joined us for these events. We first visited a class of orchestra and choir students at Canton High School, then traveled to Potsdam High School to meet with a group of students in band and choir. Both groups had really wonderful questions to ask after each program, from “what keeps you motivated to practice?” to “how do you spend your downtime?”
Our performers’ music and stories made great connections with these two audiences. Margaux opened the program with the wonderful Fantaisie by Georges Hue, then gave them a “sneak peek” of the piece she would be playing on From the Top the next evening: George Enescu’s Cantabile. She spoke about her appearance on From the Top as being a “dream come true” for her musical aspirations, and how hobbies like exercise and spending quality time with her family helps her to keep balance. Next was John, who performed Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 and ended the program with a dazzling “Sacher Variation” by Witold Lutoslawski. John shared that, when not performing or practicing, he loves to play frisbee and hang out with friends.
We asked our performers to share their thoughts on the experience, which you can check out in the video below:
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Posted on May 10, 2012 by fttfallintern
This May, two of our very own alums will be featured on HBO with critically acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming!
Mezzo soprano Samantha Hankey (a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist from Show #226 in Boston) and baritone Sean Plum (Show #201 in Boston) will be featured in HBO’s “Renée Fleming: a YoungArts MasterClass,” revealing the ambition of four singers as Renée herself guides them. The show will air on May 28 at 6 p.m.
The first MasterClass Series featured artists such as Placido Domingo, Edward Albee, and more.
Like the other students, Samantha and Sean are both graduates of the YoungArts program in Miami. Samantha is continuing school at the Juilliard School and Sean is at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Congratulations to Samantha and Sean and be sure to tune in to HBO!
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Posted on May 4, 2012 by fttfallintern
Renowned classical guitarist Chaconne Klaverenga premiered the Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra by Rene Schiffer earlier this month, a performance the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra commissioned for her.
Chaconne most recently performed a piece set for her in a sold-out concert with the Lafayette Symphony. Photo courtesy of ChaconneKlaverenga.com.
Klaverenga, who appeared on Show #194 in Buffalo, New York at age 16, received the piece as a gift from Mr. Schiffer (a member of Cleveland Baroque Orchestra’s ensemble Apollo’s Fire) and performed for over 1,000 people in a sold-out concert.
Since performing on From the Top in 2009, Klaverenga has also been featured in American Public Radio’s Performance Today, honored by the Indiana State House of Representatives, and named first-place winner in numerous competitions.
She has also performed numerous solo concerts across her home state of Indiana, including a performance in the Purdue Convocations Discovery Concert Series.
We’re happy to hear Chaconne is doing so well as she studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music!
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Posted on April 23, 2012 by fttgreenroom
Towards the end of March, we taped a show at The Palladium – a beautiful, acoustically-ideal concert hall that’s part of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. We had taped a show at the Palladium just last year and the excitement behind our return allowed us to make a number of connections with the community. Two weeks before we even arrived, local bassoonist Tom English (Show #233) was busy promoting our return to Carmel. He traveled to the Prime Life Enrichment Center, where he performed several solo works and spoke about his experience on our show last year.
On the day of the show, a group of sound engineering students from Crowne Point High School drove all the way to Carmel (nearly two hours) to attend our dress rehearsal and get a behind-the-scenes look at a live recording session. After the rehearsal, they met with our sound engineer, Berred Ouellette, who explained the process of taking the show from live concert to radio broadcast. Berred also treated the students to a backstage tour to see and experience our recording equipment.
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Posted on April 6, 2012 by fttgreenroom
For many around the world Easter is an important date on the religious calendar. And for music lovers it’s an opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful music ever written. Perhaps above all, the St. John and St. Matthew Passions of Johann Sebastian Bach. Recently our music producer, Tom Vignieri, added a work of his own to the canon. He set the Easter text “Haec dies” or “This is the day” (Psalm 118:24) for chorus, organ & trumpet to help inaugurate a new era for the Boston based Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline. And together with From the Top friend and videographer Eleanor Dowling they produced the following music video. Enjoy, and a very happy Easter and Passover season from all of us at From the Top.
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Posted on July 15, 2009 by fttgreenroom
New York Crew in New Jersey
Brian Ge (left) and Patricio Molina (top) at the Belmont Runyan School
We just wrapped up another year in our partnership with Young Audiences New Jersey (YANJ) to bring From the Top alums into Newark schools through a grant from the Prudential Foundation. In addition to implementing a Make Your Own Radio Show program in three schools, we started a new program called “From the Top Times Two”. This new program includes a one-day, two-visit performance and workshop for the schools, with a From the Top alum accompanied by a YANJ teaching artist. From the Top recruited five New York area alums, including Brian Ge, Patricio Molina, Dasha Bukhartseva, Hannah Ji, Julian Langford, and co-led a one-day training session with YANJ staff to prepare the young musicians for their school performances.
This pilot program reached 4 Newark schools this spring and was a huge success among teachers, students and performers alike. (more…)
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Posted on July 13, 2009 by fttgreenroom
Young Artist Douglas DeVries performing at our Aspen live radio taping.
Our live radio taping in El Paso, TX last month marked the fantastic milestone of more than $1,000,000 in scholarships awarded through our Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award program. To those not familiar with the program, every year the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award is given to twenty-five promising young artists from around the country with financial need. Although they come from diverse backgrounds, the Young Artists share one thing in common: passion for classical music. The select few are each given $10,000 to help with their musical development. In conjunction with the award, they perform on a live taping of From The Top and receive Cultural Leadership training that encourages them to share their talents and knowledge of classical music with their communities.
The following are some quotes from this year’s recipients about receiving the award, their experiences on the radio show, and giving back to their communities:
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Posted on July 1, 2009 by fttgreenroom
JKC Young Artist Award performers in El Paso
We are pleased to report that we have succeeded in reaching our goal for the $25,000 matching challenge grant from our Boston donors Liz and Phill Gross! We thank everyone who helped us secure this wonderful gift, which makes it possible for us to close our fiscal year without a deficit.
Now, on to another season of incredible music!
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Posted on June 26, 2009 by fttgreenroom
Chad Hoopes - Courtesy of Stefan Cohen/WGBH
If you subscribe to our e-newsletter, you may have already heard that we recently received news of a $25,000 matching challenge grant from our leadership donors Liz and Phill Gross of Boston, MA. Since we announced this challenge two weeks ago, we have raised 85% of our matching goal. Incredible!
We’d thought we’d send a big internet thank you to everyone who has supported From the Top this fiscal year, especially to those that have stepped up to meet this challenge. It’s people like you that make our program possible.
Our fiscal year ends June 30, so there is still time to make a gift to From the Top and help us make our match. We’ll keep you posted on our progress…
Click here to donate now.
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Posted on June 12, 2009 by fttgreenroom
Last June, From the Top Tour Producer David Balsom was preparing to visit Cedar Rapids, Iowa to plan out a yearlong residency program with Orchestra Iowa when he received a frantic email from the symphony’s executive director. “The email said flood waters are coming, we’re evacuating, don’t come.”
“I thought it was most likely the end of the project,” said Balsom, referring to the Iowa Makes Music program piloted by From the Top this year. Over the course of the past nine-months this residency has integrated broadcast tapings of the NPR show with educational outreach programs, curriculum development and peer leadership trainings for teens to generate increased enthusiasm and participation in classical music throughout the state of Iowa.
Yet in June 2008 the likelihood that this ambitious program would get off the ground was grim.
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