fromthetop

Sunday, September 10, 2017

4:00 PM

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ABOUT THE SHOW

“An entertaining, accessible and often 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.” –The Boston Globe

Broadcast on more than 200 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly half a million listeners, NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley is the most popular weekly one-hour music program on public radio. The live show is two hours of music and fun with Host Christopher O’Riley and the area’s classically-trained young musicians who have auditioned and have been selected to participate in the show.

This is a live taping of a national radio program, recommended for children ages 7 and up.

From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley is presented in partnership with KUNR & The Reno Phil.

Performers & Repetoire

Griffin Miller, 16, marimba, is from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and is a junior at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Griffin studies with Ronald Hughes and is a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. He is also a member of the Tanglewood Youth Orchestra, and is the 2017 National YoungArtist Foundation Merit Winner in Percussion and the 2017 New World Symphony Side by Side Competition Winner in Percussion. When he is not practicing, Griffin enjoys cooking with his friends.

Performing
“Scirocco” by Michael Burritt (b.1962)

Oliver Leitner, 17, violin, is from Reno, Nevada, and is a senior at the Davidson Academy of Nevada. He studies with Carol Laube of the Reno Philharmonic and has attended the Aspen Music School, California Summer Music, and the Academy for Gifted Students at the Freiburg Conservatory in Germany. He is a three-time grand prize winner of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, been selected as a winner of the Nevada solo and ensemble 2016 All-State competition in 2016, and is a member of the Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Artemisia Chamber Ensemble. Outside of the violin, Oliver has received 2nd and 4th place awards in his category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) with projects focused on renewable energy. He also enjoys skiing and running.

Performing
I. Allegro assai from the Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8, Op. 30, No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), with Christopher O’Riley, piano.

Nita Qiu, 15, piano, is from Woodbury, Minnesota, and is a sophomore at the Trinity School at River Ridge. Nita is currently studying at the Crocus Hill Piano Studio with Joseph Zins and has been since she began playing piano at age five. She has won first place at the St. Paul Piano Teachers (SPPTA) Concerto Competition and was awarded one performance with the Mississippi Valley Orchestra. In addition, she has attended the International Institute of Young Musicians. When she is not practicing piano, Nita enjoys competitive swimming, biking, and reading novels.

Performing
I. Allegro marcato from Piano Sonata No. 1, Op.22 by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983).

Lindsey Wong, 17, flute, is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and is in the eleventh grade at Sycamore High School. She studies with Demarre McGill of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Joan Vorhees of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Lindsey has won first place at multiple competitions including the National Flute Association High School Competition, the Central Ohio Flute Association Junior Division, and the Overture Awards Competition, and has performed in masterclasses run by musicians such as Jeffery Khaner and Carol Wincenc. When she is not practicing, Lindsey enjoys drawing and watching ballet.

Performing
Fantaisie for Flute and Piano by Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941), with Christopher O’Riley, piano.

Photo courtesy of WDAV Young Chamber Music Competition

Quartet Bellezza were the Junior Division Gold Medal Winner in the 2017 Fischoff Competition. Formed in the fall of 2016, the group consists of violinists Masha Lakisova and Robert Sanders, violist Peter Dudek, and cellist David Caplan. They are part of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory.

Performing
V. Allegro molto from String Quartet No. 4, Sz.91 by Béla Bartók (1881-1945).