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'From the Top' classical radio show returning to WNY on March 7

"From the Top," the NPR show about classical music up-and-comers, is swinging back to Western New York.

Christopher O'Riley, the colorful pianist who is host of the show, will preside over a taping at 10:15 a.m. March 7 in Kleinhans Music Hall with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. On hand will be a live audience of Buffalo-area middle school and high school students. A limited number of $20 general admission tickets are available by calling 885-5000 or visiting

Among the young musicians featured will be 18-year-old cellist Drew Cone of Williamsville East High School. Cone, who studies with Eva Herer and is the son of BPO violinists Doug and Andrea Cone, will be playing the first movement of Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1.

Another showcased talent will be 17-year-old violinist Christophe Koenig, of East Aurora High School. He will be performing the first movement of Bach's Double Violin Concerto alongside his teacher, Amy Glidden, associate concertmaster of the BPO. Audiences might remember Koenig from the December 2016 Holiday Pops, when he joined Glidden for a rendition of the Bach/Gounod "O Holy Night."

Several out-of-area rising stars will also get their moment in the sun. The BPO is performing two works by 18-year-old composer Ethan Treiman of Santa Monica, Calif., called "Saturn's Rings" and "Sunrise in the Arctic." Nathan Lee, 15, of Sammamish, Wash., will play the third movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2. And Elizabeth Pesavento, a 17-year-old French horn player from Interlochen, Mich., will perform the Scherzo of Brahms' Horn Trio along with O'Riley and BPO concertmaster Dennis Kim.

"From the Top" is broadcast on over 200 stations nationwide.


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