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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


Rochester, New York (July 29, 2008) – WXXI is pleased to announce an encore broadcast of a locally recorded episode of NPR’s From the Top on Sunday, August 24 at 5 p.m. on Classical 91.5/90.3/HD91.5-1. In January 2008, five local young musicians chosen for the program performed in front of a sold-out audience at Nazareth College’s Callahan Theater. The live-to-tape segment aired on March 16, 2008 on WXXI-FM and public radio stations across the country.

Four Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra musicians performed as the Compass String Quartet on the program: William Cho, a violinist from Rochester; Kieran Hanlon, a violinist from Canandaigua; Michael Sabatka, a violist from North Chili; and Stephen Ryck, a cellist from Penfield. Harvest Zhang, a pianist from Rochester, rounded out the local talent performing on From the Top. Also recorded on the program was Mairin Srygley, a mezzo-soprano from Baltimore, MD; Zoë Hilbert, an oboist from Oak Park, IL; and Kimani Griffin, a guitarist from Winston-Salem, NC.

While some of these first-rate Rochester musicians have moved on to college, Zhang will be a junior at Brighton High School. Before heading back to school, Zhang will be one of 25 youth participants in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition, August 1-9, 2008.
Cho, Hanlon, Sabatka, and Ryck, originally met as members of the RPYO. The Compass Quartet is a scholarship ensemble at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, coached by RPO violinist Patricia Sunwoo.

From the Top – heard on WXXI-FM 91.5/ 90.3/ FM HD 91.5-1 on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. – showcases America’s best pre-college classical soloists and small chamber groups between the ages of eight and 18. Host Christopher O’Riley’s quirky and audience-friendly style brings out the often-unexpected offbeat humor and insights of these young musicians. High-profile performers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Bobby McFerrin have appeared to talk about their musical influences and the development of their careers, in addition to performing together with the young artists.

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