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Tickets available for live NPR 'From the Top' recording at Emory

Acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley hosts NPR's "From the Top" with a live recording Sept. 19 at Emory. Photo by Peter Halstead.

"From the Top," the showcase for young musicians heard weekly on WABE 90.1, comes to Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. This special live recording of the popular NPR program will showcase several young classical musicians from the Atlanta area on the national broadcast.

Broadcast on over 220 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners, "From the Top" is hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley and has been praised by the Boston Globe as "an entertaining, accessible and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits and games" and "a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives."

Young people featured in the Sept. 19 event include the Chamber Choir from the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts, a rigorous training program for dedicated young performing artists at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, Georgia, and 17-year-old violist Erin Pitts from Atlanta, who is principal violist with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young musicians from across the country will also be showcased, including 18-year-old organist Forrest Eimold from Winthrop, Massachusetts, and 13-year-old cellist Isaiah Kim from Wallingford, Pennsylvania.

Tickets to the live recording are $35 for the general public; $28 for discount categories including Emory faculty, staff and alumni; and $10 for all students. For tickets and additional information, visit the Arts at Emory website.

 "From the Top" may be heard locally on WABE 90.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m.; this episode will air nationally the week of Nov. 9.

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