From the Top” piano recitals


  • Categories: Classical
  • Event posted: July 3, 2008
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

Piano prodigies will be featured when Kansas Public Radio presents "From the Top" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Lied Center. "From the Top" is National Public Radio's hit showcase for America's best young classical musicians and is hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley.The special concert will feature inspiring performances by O'Riley and young pianists who have studied at the International Institute for Young Musicians.The institute has brought its prestigious Summer Music Academy to the University of Kansas campus each summer since 1993. The three-week intensive program features performances at the Lied Center and attracts talented piano and string students from around the globe to work with some of the most accomplished music educators in the country, including several of KU's faculty members.This special all-piano showcase also will highlight the musicians' lives as regular teens through interviews and sketches. The program will feature Alan Shi, 14, from Lawrence; Sean Yeh, 16, from Libertyville, Ill.; Dominic Cheli, 15, from St. Charles, Mo.; and Anna Han, 12, from Chandler, Ariz."From the Top" can be heard on KPR from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sundays, as well as on more than 200 radio stations coast-to-coast and online at This program will broadcast Nov. 9.Shi studies piano at the Park University Youth Music Conservatory in Parkville, Mo., with Marina Sultanova. He has competed in the Music Teachers National Association's Baldwin Junior Piano Competition, earning second place for the state of Missouri and has attended the International Institute for Young Musicians in 2006. A student at Southwest Junior High School in Lawrence, Shi has recently begun playing alto saxophone in the school's band. In addition to music, Shi loves soccer and chess and competed in the 2005 Kansas State Chess Championship.He is the son of Jack Shi, associate professor of physics and astronomy at KU, and Judy Wu, a University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at KU.Tickets for the show are on sale at the Lied Center box office, (785) 864-2787, or online at There will be a separate ticketed reception after the show when audience members can meet the musicians and the cast and crew of "From the Top."Park University has partnered with KPR to become title sponsor for "From the Top."Park University's sponsorship is a natural fit because of its acclaimed International Center for Music, which includes Van Cliburn-winning Stanislav Ioudenitch on its faculty, its Youth Conservatory and its music-education programs. Through these programs, the center fosters a sharing of information and programs from across the globe among master teachers and performers, as well as promising young musicians. The education of emerging musicians is at the center's philosophical core, just as it is with "From the Top."Others sponsors are KU's Department of Music and Dance; Mary Nestor of Topeka; George and Cynthia Norton of Lawrence; and Sean Williams of Lawrence.KPR, licensed to KU, broadcasts on KANU 91.5 FM in Lawrence, KANH 89.7 FM in Emporia, KANV 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City and K210CR 89.9 FM in Atchison. KPR can be heard on the Internet at KPR also operates KPR-2, a news-talk channel on HD Radio. Those broadcasts can be heard on a high-definition receiver or on KPR's Web site.


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