June 18, 2014
NPR’s “From the Top” Program Taped at Cornish Airs Nationwide
: President Nancy J. Uscher (center), at the Cornish taping of "From the Top" with the young musicians & host Christopher O'Riley (Row 2, center-left).. Photo by courtesy of From the Top.
: Cellist Audrey Chen in performance for "From the Top," accompanied by Christopher O'Riley. Photo by courtesy of From the Top.
: The Precipice Saxophone Quartet: Justin Udry, Lizzy Rangel, Logan Curry, and Shane Woods. Photo by courtesy of From the Top.
: violinist Felicity James. Photo by courtesy of From the Top.
: Pianist Agata Sorotokin. Photo by courtesy of From the Top.
: Ensemble plays at "From the Top". Photo by courtesy of From the Top.
: Host Christopher O'Riley with performers. Photo by courtesy of From the Top.
: Cellist Audrey Chen at rehearsal for "From the Top". Photo by courtesy of From the Top.
Taped at Cornish College of the Arts, the Seattle stop of NPR’s From the Top will air across America the week of June 16, including in the Puget Sound region on Saturday, June 21, at 7:00 PM, on Classical KING FM.
On the very stage where for years students demonstrated their progress for Nellie Cornish herself, President Nancy J. Uscher welcomed NPR’s From the Top, host Christopher O’Riley and a new generation of young musicians to Cornish College of the Arts this past April. Now the hit national radio program’s Seattle stop is ready to air nationally, including on Western Washington’s Classical KING FM, 98.1. Listeners can hear the remarkable young performers who played at Cornish’s PONCHO Concert Hall on KING this coming Saturday, June 21, at 7:00 p.m. Other Washington State-area communities will hear the program on Northwest Public Radio on Sunday, June 22, at 12:00 p.m. Across the U.S. and its territories, listeners can find their local NPR station and air times for From the Top at www.fromthetop.org/content/broadcast-schedule.
“It was thrilling to host From the Top at Cornish,” said Nancy J. Uscher, President of Cornish College of the Arts, who attended the live performance at PONCHO Concert Hall. “The students who performed were brilliant, dedicated, and very imaginative, as was Christopher O’Riley, my distinguished colleague. We were honored to bring From the Top to Cornish.”
From the Top is a popular NPR show featuring the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. Acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, who received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts in 2012, hosts the program. This week’s show highlights two local performers: 17-year-old violinist Felicity James from Seattle, Washington, performing the second movement, Nigun, from Baal Shem, Three Pictures of Hasidic Life by Ernest Bloch and 17-year-old cellist Audrey Chen from Redmond, Washington, performing Variations on a Theme by Rossini by Niccolò Paganini.
Also featured on this week’s broadcast are 16-year-old pianist Agata Sorotokin from San Jose, California, performing movements from Musical Toys by Sofia Gubaidulina; several movements from Tropholingua, written by 18-year-old composer Jack Gulielmetti from New York City, performed by Agata Sorotokin, Felicity James and 18-year-old cellist Joseph Teeter from Topeka, Kansas; and the Precipice Saxophone Quartet performing Fanfare and Variations on Durch Adams Fall from Recitation Book by David Maslanka. The Precipice Saxophone Quartet’s members are Justin Udry from Kenosha, Wisconsin; 17-year-old Lizzy Rangel from Chicago, Illinois; 18-year-old Logan Curry from Maywood, Illinois; and 17-year-old Shane Woods from Matteson, Illinois.
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