A trumpet trio comprised of 16-year-old Dominic Favia, 16-year-old Acadia Kocher and 17-year-old Michael Harper will appear on an upcoming episode of From the Top, the hit NPR radio program featuring America’s best young classical musicians and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley. Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season, From the Top is heard on nearly 250 stations nationwide and taped before live audiences around the country. Broadcast from Portland, Maine, the show airs nationally the week of May 3 and will air on Classical WETA 90.9 FM on Sunday, May 9 at 6 p.m. The episode was taped before a live audience at the Merrill Auditorium on Wednesday, March 24.
Dominic, a junior at Oakton High School, is from Vienna, Virginia. Acadia, a junior at River Hill High School, is from Columbia, Maryland. Michael, a senior who is home schooled, is from Annapolis, Maryland. The trio is coached by Tom Cupples, and all three members participate in the American Youth Philharmonic in Washington, D.C.
On the broadcast the trio performs an arrangement of Chiapanecas by Rafael Mendez, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley and members of the Portland Youth Symphony. They are joined by 17-year-old pianist Wilson Bristol from Freeport, Maine who performs Tocacata from Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee's Sonata No. 1, a violin duo comprised of 18-year-old Josie Davis and 15-year-old Sophie Davis from Woldoboro, Maine who perform Largo ma non tanto from Concerto in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, 14-year-old harpist Anna DeLoi from Plaistow, New Hampshire who plays Valse by Arnold Bax, and 14-year-old cellist Clark Pang from Orinda, California who performs Adagio from Samuel Barber’s Cello Sonata Op. 6.
For the past decade, From the Top has been the preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians. Through award-winning NPR and PBS programs, online media, a national tour of live events, and education programs, From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate musicians with millions each week.
From the Top is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as public radio stations.
From the Top on NPR is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner.