Host and pianist Christopher O’Riley.

Host and pianist Christopher O’Riley.

Santa Barbara, CA — NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on KUSC, will record a radio broadcast Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 PM at Hahn Hall in Santa Barbara featuring fellows of the Music Academy of the West. The popular NPR radio program features the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. Tickets and information are available at

The taping will feature fellows from the Music Academy of the West. It will also feature a world premiere by composer Conrad Tao. Performers include: 20-year-old pianist Michael Davidman performing from the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2; 20-year-old oboist Tanavi Prabhu performing the first movement of the Poulenc Oboe Sonata; 19-year-old violinist Daniel Kim performing Sarasate’s Introduction and Tarantella; 20-year-old cellist David Bender performing the third movement from Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op.73. The Conrad Tao premiere “Asymptotes” will be performed by Erin Pitts, viola; Arianna Beyer, clarinet; and Christopher O’Riley, piano.

This program will broadcast on stations nationwide and by podcast in fall 2017.

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About From the Top

From the Top is America’s largest national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Through live events, NPR and YouTube broadcasts, scholarships, and leadership programs, From the Top empowers these extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.

Support for From the Top’s radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations. From the Top’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH.

From the Top is an independent non-profit organization proudly based in Boston’s vibrant cultural district.  Learn more at


About the Music Academy of the West
The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted, young, classically-trained musicians. At its ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Admission to the Academy is strictly merit based, and fellows receive full scholarships (tuition, room, and board). The Academy’s distinguished teaching artists roster has included famed soprano Lotte Lehmann, composers Darius Milhaud and Arnold Schoenberg, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, pianist Jeremy Denk, and current Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne. Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. In 2014 the Music Academy entered into a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, resulting in unprecedented training and performance opportunities for Academy fellows, and Summer Festival residencies for Philharmonic musicians. The Music Academy of the West cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually, many free of charge. These include performances by faculty, visiting artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera. The Music Academy will celebrate its 70th Anniversary during the 2017 Summer School and Festival from June 12 to August 5 at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For more information, visit


Released: May 31, 2017

Music Academy of the West contact:

Kate Oberjat

Director of Marketing and Communications

Music Academy of the West



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Erin MacCurtain
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