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Young pianists in ‘Top’ form for National Public Radio performance

A group of young piano players from around the country - and one from Lawrence - hit the Lied Center tonight to tape a radio broadcast. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on these budding classical musicians and their ability to hit the right notes.

July 16, 2008

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National Public Radio taped its "From the Top" show at the Lied Center on Tuesday for an episode that will air in the fall. Doing a sound check Tuesday afternoon were Christopher O'Riley, the host of the show, and Sean Yeh, right, who played as Hugo Chang turned pages.

National Public Radio taped its "From the Top" show at the Lied Center on Tuesday for an episode that will air in the fall. Doing a sound check Tuesday afternoon were Christopher O'Riley, the host of the show, and Sean Yeh, right, who played as Hugo Chang turned pages.

Dominic Cheli, of St. Charles, Mo., takes his turn during a sound check Tuesday afternoon at the Lied Center. He was one of four young prodigies performing piano pieces for National Public Radio's show "From the Top."

Dominic Cheli, of St. Charles, Mo., takes his turn during a sound check Tuesday afternoon at the Lied Center. He was one of four young prodigies performing piano pieces for National Public Radio's show "From the Top."

Kansas University's Lied Center was the latest venue for National Public Radio's "From the Top," a program that showcases young classical musicians from throughout the country.

Kansas Public Radio and the International Institute of Young Musicians joined forces to bring "From the Top" to Lawrence and record its first show of exclusively piano music.

Executive producer and founder Jennifer Hurley-Wales said that when she first came up with the show's concept, people were skeptical. They didn't think there would be enough teenage classical musicians to fill 18 to 20 shows a year.

"I think a lot of people in our country underestimate the number of talented kids there are in every part of America," she said.

The show has been on the air for almost nine years.

Four pianists took the stage Tuesday night at the Lied Center to record their songs for the show, which should air sometime in October.

Alan Shi, a 14-year-old Lawrence resident, played Chopin's "Revolutionary Etude."

"My teacher chose that for me, but I've always really liked the 'Revolutionary Etude,'" he said. "It used to be my favorite song."

The other pianists were Sean Yeh, 16, of Libertyville, Ill., Dominic Cheli, 15, of St. Charles, Mo., and Anna Han, 12, of Chandler, Ariz.

Hurley-Wales said the Lied Center was a great spot for the show.

"This is an absolutely beautiful hall. It's got great acoustics," she said. "It's great that you have a place like this in Kansas that celebrates (music) and supports it."

"From The Top" can be heard on NPR from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays and is hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley.

Piano prodigies prepare to take the stage

Four piano players will take the stage at the Lied Center to record a show for National Public Radio's "From the Top." The catch? They're four teenage prodigies.

Comments

SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 5 months ago

Too bad NPR's news and talk shows have such an obvious liberal bias. From the Top is a pretty good show, however.

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