Hawaii Public Radio to bring popular NPR show 'From the Top'

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on Hawaii Public Radio comes back to the islands for two live recordings of the hit NPR show, featuring musicians from Hawaii and beyond. This marks From the Top's fifth visit to Hawaii, having recorded seven shows over the past twelve years on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii island. This year's visit will include live concert recordings on November 30, 7:00pm at the William Charles Lunalilo Center on the campus of Kamehameha Schools Hawaii in Keaau, and on December 2, 8:00pm at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Honolulu.

"Since our first visit for a show in Honolulu in 2004, we've been incredibly impressed by the high quality of music made by outstanding young musicians in Hawaii," said From the Top's Tour Producer David Balsom. "Beyond the fine music-making, we keep coming back because of the remarkable energy and enthusiasm for music, music education, and the welcoming spirit of community we encounter on every visit, led by our fantastic partners at Hawaii Public Radio."

Speaking on behalf of Hawai?i Public Radio, José A. Fajardo, its president and general manager, said "We're honored to once again host From the Top for our island community. This winter's tapings will kick off the celebration of the station's 35th anniversary and we can't think of a better way to represent HPR: great music, inspiring stories, education, and social good."

The concert at the Lunalilo Center on November 30 will feature young singers from the Kamehameha Schools Hawai?i Ho?ike A Ha?i, performing an excerpt from their original Hawaiian language opera entitled "Ha'upu" that they recently performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. There will also be performances by local musicians 12-year-old Jairus Rhoades from Mililani (the second prizewinner of the 2016 Aloha Piano Competition) and 17-year-old cellist William Suh from Honolulu (winner of the 2016 Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition). Additionally, a 17-year-old violinist from Morgantown, Indiana, Maria Sanderson (the 2016 Junior Division Sphinx Competition winner) will perform. Tickets and VIP packages (which include preferred seating and admission to a pre-show reception) for the Hawai?i island taping are available for purchase at bit.ly/hifromthetop.

On December 2 in Honolulu at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, the concert will feature performances by the Hawaii Youth Symphony, conducted by Henry Miyamura.  Also on stage at the Blaisdell will be the 4U Ukulele Quartet, (Ryan Nakagawa, 15; Taiga Benito, 18; Given Yagi, 18; and Chance Yagi, 16) an award-winning ?ukulele ensemble from Honolulu. The 2016 Junior Menuhin Competition winner 12-year-old violinist Yesong Sophie Lee from Seattle, Washington will take the stage, as well as 15-year-old clarinetist Javier Morales-Martinez from Los Angeles, California and 13-year-old cellist Kevin Song from Irvine, California. Tickets and VIP packages (which include reserved seating, plus admission to a pre-show reception and complimentary parking at the Honolulu Club) for the Honolulu taping may be purchased via Hawai?i Symphony Orchestra?s online box office, hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org/from-the-top.

From the Top may be heard locally on HPR-1 on Saturdays at 10:00am. These Hawai?i tapings will air nationally in January, 2017.

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