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‘From the Top’ Producer Explains Why So Many of the Show’s Kids are From Texas

Friday night (March 4, 2016), Brazosport College in Lake Jackson’s Clarion Music Performance Center hosts From the Top, the NPR radio program, hosted by pianist Christopher O’Riley, showcasing the talents of young classical musicians. About a year ago, the program’s tour producer David Balsom was in town holding auditions for local musicians to appear on […]

Image Courtesy: From the Top

Friday night (March 4, 2016), Brazosport College in Lake Jackson’s Clarion Music Performance Center hosts From the Top, the NPR radio program, hosted by pianist Christopher O'Riley, showcasing the talents of young classical musicians.

About a year ago, the program's tour producer David Balsom was in town holding auditions for local musicians to appear on the show. While he was here, he told Michael Hagerty what he and his colleagues look for when selecting performers – and provided his theory on why so many kids on the show are from Texas.

(Above: Clear Lake High School senior Patrick Pan plays an excerpt from a Beethoven sonata during the taping of From the Top in Houston, Nov. 2013. Image Courtesy: From the Top.)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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