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May 2, 2008
Contact: Phil Wilke, Kansas Public Radio, (785) 864-5016.

Kansas Public Radio presents outstanding youth musicians on ‘From the Top’

LAWRENCE — Tickets have gone on sale for Kansas Public Radio’s presentation of “From the Top,” the hit radio program that showcases the top notch musicianship, offbeat humor and insights of America’s best young classical musicians.

KPR will host a live taping of the show at 7:30 p.m. July 15 at the Lied Center on the University of Kansas campus. The weekly, hour-long show is heard on KPR from 9 to 10 a.m. Sundays, as well as on nearly 250 other radio stations across the country.

Tickets for the show are on sale at the Lied Center box office, (785) 864-2787, or online at lied.ku.edu. There will be a separate, ticketed reception after the show when audience members can meet the musicians, cast and crew.

With acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley as host, each “From the Top” broadcast presents five young performers or ensembles and intersperses their stunning artistry with lively interviews, lighthearted musical games and radio theater comedy skits. Performers will be named in mid-June. The Lied Center show will air nationwide in late October.

“ ‘From the Top’ promotes all aspects of classical music: performance, appreciation, education and fun of it,” said Darrell Brogdon, program director at KPR. “The kids who are featured on stage are all great musicians but also bright and funny students, athletes, citizens and friends. Having KPR present ‘From the Top’ is a great way to showcase these remarkable talents.”

KPR is proud to have partnered with Park University as the title sponsor for “From the Top.”

Park University’s sponsorship is a natural fit because of its acclaimed International Center for Music, which includes Van Cliburn-winning Stanislav Ioudenitch on its faculty, its Youth Conservatory and its music-education programs. Through these programs, the center fosters a sharing of information and programs from across the globe among master teachers and performers, as well as promising young musicians. The education of emerging musicians is at the center’s philosophical core, just as it is with “From the Top.”

Others helping to sponsor the show are KU’s Department of Music and Dance, Mary Nestor of Topeka and George and Cynthia Norton of Lawrence.

“From the Top” tapes throughout the United States, including Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston.

KPR, licensed to KU, broadcasts on KANU 91.5 FM in Lawrence, KANH 89.7 FM in Emporia, KANV 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City and K210CR 89.9 FM in Atchison. KPR can be heard on the Internet at kpr.ku.edu. KPR also operates KPR-2, a news-talk channel on HD Radio. Those broadcasts can be heard on a high-definition receiver or on KPR’s Web site.

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