Opera & Musical Theater

NPR's Hit Show From The Top Comes to the Wortham Theatre Center For a Live Concert Taping March 28th

Houston Grand Opera and KUHF-FM will bring “From the Top,” NPR's hit radio showcase for America's best young classical musicians hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, to Houston for a live concert recording at Brown Theatre in the Wortham Theatre Center on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 pm.

This special concert will feature young musicians from the Houston-area and across the country.  Those scheduled to appear include 16-year-old clarinetist Qiudi Zhang from Omaha, NE performing the second movement of the Sonata for Clarinet & Piano by Saint-Saens; the Trio Vita from the Midwest Young Artists in Chicago including 16-year-old cellist, Stanley Moore from Elgin, IL, 15-year-old violinist, Ryan Murphy from Park Ridge, IL, and 17-year-old pianist, Brian Chang from Naperville, IL performing the second movement of “Café Music” by Paul Schoenfield. Caitlan Pitts, a 17-year-old soprano from Houston, TX who participates in the Houston Grand Opera High School Voice Studio, will also perform, singing Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven by Copeland.

This music filled concert will also include a scene from Mozart’s the Magic Flute featuring Rebekah Camm, a third year artist in the Houston Grand Studio. Three members of the Houston Grand Opera High School Voice Studio will join her in the scene.  The concert will end with an exciting grand finale conducted by host Christopher O’Riley.   The finale will include the Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus, eight singers from the High School Voice Studio, two additional instrumentalists, violist Rebecca Rudy and violinist Autumn Chodorowski also from the Midwest Young Artists in Chicago, and the already featured musicians on the show, performing an arrangement by Lee Blaske of two scenes from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

One of the most popular weekly programs on public radio, From the Top reaches nearly 750,000 loyal listeners every week. The Boston Globe describes From the Top as “An entertaining, accessible and often 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.”

From the Top on NPR is heard on KUHF- 88.7 FM every Sunday at 6pm as well as on more than 200 other radio stations coast to coast. This episode is slated to broadcast on May 4, 2008.

Tickets for From the Top at Wortham Theatre Center are available at houstongrandopera.org or by calling 713.228.OPERA.

From the Top on NPR 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 radio program is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner.