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February 19, 2014

Eastman musicians to perform on popular NPR series

WXXI and Eastman School bring From the Top to Rochester on March 19

man playing cello

From the Top
, a showcase for young musicians heard weekly on WXXI-FM 91.5, comes to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre to tape a radio broadcast on March 19 at 7 p.m. The popular NPR program hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley will feature the performances and personal stories of young classical musicians from across the country. The episode will be presented by WXXI and the Eastman School.

The show will feature a special guest appearance by legendary flutist Sir James Galway and his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway. James Galway will play the third and fourth movements of the Gounod Petite symphony with an ensemble of young musicians from the Eastman School and Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO) including June Kim ’14E, Gwen Healy (RPYO), Dominic Giardino ’16E, Jeffrey Guo (RPYO), Quinn Delaney ’14E, Maggie Bacon (RPYO), Russell Rybicki ’13E, and Nikolette LaBonte ’17E.

In addition, the Galways will perform a special piece with O’Riley for the live audience.

Two local young musicians will be featured as soloists in this show. Eastman School  sophomore Emily Helenbrook will return to From the Top after appearing on Show 257 taped at the Chautauqua Institution in 2012. Sixteen-year-old Annie Jacobs-Perkins from Pittsford, principal cellist with the RPYO, will perform At the Fountain, Op. 20, No. 2, by Carl Davidoff.  Also on the show will be 10-year-old violinist Pierce Wang from Fremont, Calif., and 16-year-old pianist Carmen Knoll from Carlstadt, N.J., who is a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

For tickets and information, visit or From the Top may be heard locally on Classical 91.5 on Sundays at 5 p.m. Learn more about the program at

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