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October 16, 2012
"From the Top" NPR radio show coming to Mondavi


"From the Top" - the nationally syndicated NPR classical music radio show that showcases young talent is making a rare appearance at the Mondavi Center on Oct. 25.

At 8 p.m. on that day the show will be recorded from Mondavi's Jackson Hall with Christopher O'Riley hosting in front of the Mondavi audience.

For lovers of classical music "From the Top" is deeply entertaining. And for classical music novices it's a fun and eye-opening experience. Why? Because "From the Top" is not only structured as a showcase of talent for musicians between 8 and 18, it's format also lets the audience hear the stories behind the music and the young musicians performing.

For the Mondavi show the musicians performing with O'Riley include:

** 16-year-old flutist Annie Wu, from Pleasanton, performing Duo for Flute and Piano, III. "Lively, With Bounce," by Aaron Copland.

** Alex Zhou, an 11-year-old violinist from San Jose, performing "Zigeunerweisen," Op.20 by Pablo de Sarasate. Zhou was Junior Division Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition

** Pianist Phoebe Pan, 15, from Irvine. Pan will likely perform "Soirée de Vienne," from "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss, Op.56 in an arrangement by Alfred Grünfeld. Pan received the Junior Division Piano Award at the 2010 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition.

** Guitarist Alec Holcomb, 17, from Franklin, Tenn.. Holcomb took First Place in the 2012 Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition.

From the Top
WHEN: 8 p.m., Oct. 25
WHERE: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Arts, UC Davis
TICKETS: $35-$58; $17.50-$29 (student)
INFORMATION: (530) 754-2787;

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