From the Top

Countdown to 'From the Top' at Kobacker

Music lovers have the opportunity to be part of the live public taping of "From the Top," the preeminent showcase for young musicians, Saturday (Sept. 28) in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. The popular National Public Radio program, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley, kicks off the College of Musical Arts Festival Series and will feature the performances and personal stories of talented young classical musicians from across the country.

Today only (Sept. 26), from noon to 5 p.m., faculty and staff may purchase one ticket to "From the Top" and receive a second one free by visiting the box office in Kobacker Hall and presenting their BGSU ID.

For tickets and information, visit the Festival Series site. "From the Top" may be heard locally on WGTE 91.3 FM Sundays at noon. This BGSU episode will air on Nov. 4.

Quartet Lumiere, first-place winners of the Junior Division of the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, will perform the first movement from String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, by Edvard Grieg. Based at The Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago where Marko Dreher is their coach, members include 18-year-old violinist Rebecca Benjamin, 16-year-old violinist Gallia Kastner, 15-year-old violist Mira Williams, and 15-year-old cellist Josiah Yoo. Quartet Lumiere will also perform the fourth movement, "Salamandrae (Fire)," from String Quartet No. 1, "Elemental," an original composition by 17-year-old composer Chason Goldfinger from Malvern, Penn., who will also appear on the show.

Also on the broadcast: Patrick Pan, a 15-year-old pianist from Houston, is the 2013 winner of BGSU's David D. Dubois Piano Competition. A student at Clear Lake High School, Pan studies piano with John Weems. Fifteen-year-old contrabassist Lena Goodson from York, Penn., attends Central York High School and studies bass with Devin Howell, the principal bassist of Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Fifteen-year-old violinist Sein An is a student at Temple Music Prep and is a recipient of From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

(Posted September 26, 2013 )