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KACU presents hit show "From the Top" in live concert taping

For immediate release
Jan. 18, 2005

Abilene's public radio station 89.7 KACU-FM welcomes "From the Top" to the Paramount Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. This nationally acclaimed radio program showcases the talents of extraordinary young classical musicians from around the country.

Host Christopher O'Riley and top young performers will take the stage for the live concert taping of the show, which is planned for national broadcast at a later date. KACU-FM, public radio for West Texas, is presenting the event and broadcasts "From the Top" every Saturday at 1 p.m. and Tuesday evenings at 9 p.m.

The young artists will include the Revolution fiddle ensemble, 14 violinists from the Abilene and Cooper High Schools under the direction of Darcy Radcliffe. Also appearing will be Shannon Lee, a 12-year-old violinist from Plano; Natalie Zeldin, a 15-year-old flutist from Boca Raton, Fla.; 16-year-old pianist Michael Ye from Austin; and Katherine Edwards, a 17-year-old mezzo-soprano from Kentfield, Calif.

Tickets for the performance are on sale weekday afternoons at the Paramount box office at 676-0648. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for KACU members and $10 for students. Because the performance is a live recording for national broadcast, children under seven are strongly discouraged from attending. Tickets are already selling quickly.

"'From the Top' is the number one classical music program on the air in public radio," said John Best, general manager of KACU. "Chris O'Riley's charisma gives the program its truly unique flavor. Chris builds a rapport with his young guests that shows real respect for their talents, all the while celebrating that, above all, they're just great kids. In the interview portions of the show, their conversations with Chris reveal a remarkable passion for and knowledge of the classical music genre."

The teenage performers and O'Riley also will conduct a master class on Monday night at the Hardin-Simmons University School of Music, and three music business classes will be provided for interested college students on Wednesday by the "From the Top" education staff.  For information, call Tido Janssen at 670-1428.

About "From the Top" and KACU

"From the Top" is produced by Tom Voegeli and Concert Productions, Inc., in association with WGBH Radio Boston and the New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner. The program is distributed by Public Radio International  (PRI).

"From the Top" is made possible through grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the PRI Program Fund, the Rowland Foundation, the Justin Timberlake Foundation and the Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as public radio stations.

Local support of the "From the To"p live taping is made possible by the Abilene Diagnostic Clinic, Ambassador Suites, Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Abilene Music Teachers Association, HSU School of Music, Abilene Reporter News, Dodge Jones Foundation, AEP Texas, Abilene Christian University Music Department and many friends of KACU.

KACU is Abilene's local Public Radio International affiliate and a National Public Radio member station.

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