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Classical WETA 90.9 FM to Air “From The Top”

Public Radio Station Showcases America’s Top Young Classical Musicians on Sundays

Washington, D.C. — Starting on Sunday, April 29, Classical WETA 90.9 FM will broadcast the best and brightest among young classical music talent on "From the Top." Acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley hosts the program, which is distributed by NPR and sponsored by UBS. "From the Top" captures the virtuosity, offbeat humor and insights of America’s top classical musicians ages 9 to 18 years. Classical WETA 90.9 FM will broadcast "From the Top" weekly on Sundays at 6 pm. Recorded in concert halls around the United States, "From the Top" will have a special performance at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, on Wednesday, June 6. It will be later aired on WETA on Sunday, October 7, 2007.

Often credited for its innovative and fun approach to classical music, "From the Top" has helped to build a bridge between classical music and youth. The program offers a glimpse into the world of classical music and performers in different regions of the country, with broadcasts from Troy, New York, to Austin, Texas, to Palo Alto, California. Listeners gain insight into the communities keeping classical music alive today. The stories and music of the children featured on "From the Top" inspire and touch the lives of the more than 750,000 weekly listeners.

In addition to featuring talented youth, "From the Top" regularly invites world-renowned talent to the program. Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Béla Fleck and Bobby McFerrin have all appeared to talk about their musical influences, and the development of their careers, and to perform with the young artists.

Audiences in the Greater Washington area will not only be able to listen to "From the Top" weekly on Classical WETA 90.9 FM, but in June will also have the opportunity to attend a performance of the program at The Music Center at Strathmore. The program takes place on Wednesday, June 6, at 7 pm and will feature young musicians from the area. This will be the first performance of "From the Top" recorded locally in the past six years. To purchase tickets, and for more information on the performance, visit the Strathmore Web site at www.strathmore.org or call (301) 581-5100.

In addition to producing the radio program, "From the Top" is a multichannel nonprofit organization that encourages and celebrates the commitment of young people to music and the arts. Through its unique radio, television, Web and in-school programming, "From the Top" provides a platform for young artists to present themselves, share their passion, and develop into important cultural leaders. NPR distributes the radio program "From the Top" to 250 radio stations nationwide.

"From the Top" is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as radio stations around the country. The "From the Top" radio program is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and the New England Conservatory of Music, the program’s home and education partner.

Classical WETA 90.9 FM and WETA TV 26 are member-supported public broadcasting stations serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational, cultural and public affairs programming and related services. Classical WETA broadcasts programming 24 hours each day on WETA 90.9 FM in Arlington, Virginia, and WGMS 89.1 FM in Hagerstown, Maryland. WETA HD broadcasts 24 hours each day on HD 90.9. Additional information is available on www.classicalweta.org.

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