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Colorado Symphony Brings Hit NPR Program to Denver

Denver – May 31, 2012 – The Colorado Symphony is pleased to announce that From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley, the preeminent showcase for young musicians, heard weekly on Colorado Public Radio’s statewide network of classical music stations every Sunday evening at 6:00pm, will come to Denver to record a radio broadcast on Saturday, January 12, 2013. The popular NPR radio program features the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. This special broadcast includes the rare opportunity for the From the Top young musicians to perform side-by-side with a full orchestra like the Colorado Symphony, which will also be featured on the program. Tickets will available for purchase by subscribers in mid-July and to the general public on August 6 at the Colorado Symphony box office.  From the Top’s 2011-12 National Tour is sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

Local, qualified young musicians are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity by submitting an audition tape to From the Top. Details can be found on their website at www.fromthetop.org/casting.

What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio. Broadcast on over 200 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly than 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top has been described by the Boston Globe as, “an entertaining, accessible and 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.”

Annually, From the Top’s live tapings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages. In conjunction with its national tour, From the Top, a Boston-based non-profit, offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students. In addition, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award $10,000 scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1.4 million in support for pre-college students since 2005. From the Top launched its multiple Emmy Award-winning PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall in 2007.

From the Top’s radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and support from U.S. Trust. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as public radio stations. From the Top’s radio program is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner.

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