2012-02-17 / Ticket

NPR to feature Bowdoin student — again

The Times Record


PIANIST ALLEN WONG YU, a Bowdoin College sophomore, will be among the per formers at the Brunswick taping of “From the Top” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 in Studzinski Recital Hall on the campus in Brunswick. 
DENNIS GRIGGS PHOTO PIANIST ALLEN WONG YU, a Bowdoin College sophomore, will be among the per formers at the Brunswick taping of “From the Top” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 in Studzinski Recital Hall on the campus in Brunswick. DENNIS GRIGGS PHOTO BRUNSWICK — “From the Top,” a showcase for young musicians heard weekly on Maine Public Radio, will record a show in Bowdoin College’s Studzinski Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29.

The National Public Radio program, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, will feature performances and personal stories from young classical musicians from across the country.

The broadcast taping features 19- year-old pianist and Bowdoin College sophomore Allen Wong Yu from Cohoes, N.Y. Yu is an alumnus of “From the Top,” having appeared on the show when he was in high school.

Also featured will be the Elan Duo, featuring local 16-year-old violinist Nash Ryder from Arundel and 16-year-old harpist Anna DeLoi from Plaistow, N.H. The duo is coached by Stephanie Curcio and will perform “ Prelude” from the Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy, arranged by Jolles and Lucarelli.

Also on the broadcast will be 17- year- old cellist Ben Manis from Chicago; 15-year-old violinist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Gloria Ferry-Brennan from Langley, Wash., performing the first movement from “ Sonata” by Francis Poulenc, accompanied by O’Riley; and 17-year-old clarinetist Moon Sun Yoo from the Walnut School of the Arts in Natick, Mass., performing “Introduction, Theme, and Variation” by Gioachino Rossini, accompanied by O’Riley on piano.

The episode will air nationally the week of March 19, locally at 8 p.m. March 19 on WMEA 90.1 FM.

The live taping is open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets cost $ 15 and are available at the David Saul Smith Union information desk on the Bowdoin campus. Call 725-3375.

Co-founded by Bowdoin alumnus Gerald Slavet (class of 1961) and his business partner Jennifer Hurley- Wales in 1999, “From the Top” is among the most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio.

The show’s 2011-12 national tour is sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. This episode is presented by Bowdoin College, and sponsored by Bowdoin College’s Mellon President’s Arts and Lecture Fund.

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