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Tune Your Radios to Live! From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley is Live from the Long Center This February.

You’ve heard it in the car. . . but have you heard it live from Dell Hall Stage? We didn’t think so. But you’ll get your chance February 26th!

From the Top, public radio’s premiere national platform for celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians is making Austin its only stop in this part of the country. And better yet? You’ll probably see some local talent up on that stage as well.

Now in its 15th season and hosted by Christopher O’Riley—acclaimed concert pianist in his own right—From the Top is heard on more than 240 radio stations across the nation, and is the most popular weekly one-hour classical music program on public radio.

It’s easy to see why. With their Education and Outreach programs, myriad scholarship opportunities, and extensive masterclasses and leadership training, From the Top provides way more for its featured young musicians than just a performance platform. “From the Top gives young musicians the stage but lets them act their age. It’s serious music but classically kids,” says The New York Times. And that is exactly why it has achieved its widespread popularity.

And that is exactly what you can see here, too:

Oh, you don’t listen to the show? No problem! This is the perfect opportunity to get a live taste of the broadcast that has people falling over themselves (also, you can start off your From the Top journey with a podcast). We know these kids are talented, but to hear about their lives outside of music is a real treat. Join us for this “celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives,” (The Boston Globe).

Think you know someone who might fit the bill? Excellent! Application and eligibility information is available here. Plus, a little From the Top birdie told us that they’ve been looking for a mariachi band for quite some time…

Indulge your most radical public radio dreams, and catch this live taping of From the Top February 26th! 

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