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For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253 and Helene Snihur, ESM, (585) 274-1057

SIR JAMES GALWAY AND LADY JEANNE GALWAY TO PERFORM ON NPR’S FROM THE TOP RECORDING AT KODAK HALL MARCH 19

Rochester, NY (September 5, 2013) – WXXI and the Eastman School of Music (ESM) are proud to announce that world-renowned flautists  Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway will perform on NPR’s From The Top, recorded live at Kodak Hall on March 19, 2014. The duo will perform alongside an ensemble of wind performers.  From the Top, hosted by American classical pianist Christopher O’Riley, celebrates the amazing performances and captivating stories of extraordinary young classical musicians. The weekly NPR radio show is heard Sundays at 5 p.m. on Classical 91.5.

Sir James Galway, nicknamed "The Man with the Golden Flute," is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer. He and O’Riley have performed together on several occasions, and O’Riley was pleased to finally have him on From the Top in 2011. This time Sir James will be joined by his wife, Lady Jeanne. Lady Jeanne is one of the leading female flute soloists of the decade. She dedicates much of her time to working with the younger generation through her articles, master classes, and recordings.

Applications are currently being accepted from area teens, who are Classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 and 18, to perform on From the Top. Visit WXXI.org/fromthetop for complete details and to download a submission form. Applications must be submitted by December 2013 in order to be considered for the March show.  WXXI will be making available a limited number of recording appointments for applicants who need assistance in preparing an audition for the program.  Information at wxxi.org/fromthetop.

Tickets for the From the Top show at Kodak Hall on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7 p.m. will be available later this fall.

From the Top is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory, its home and educational partner, and is sponsored by UBS and distributed by NPR. Support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, as well as from radio stations, corporations, foundations, and individuals. From the Top is endorsed by the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, the National Association for Music Education, the American Symphony Orchestra League, and the Music Teachers National Association.

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About WXXI:
WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. The formal affiliation between WXXI and the Little Theatre, established in December 2011, enables the two organizations to work more efficiently by pooling resources and strengths in a number of areas including back-office operation and improved fundraising capabilities.  Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.

 

About the Eastman School of Music
 The Eastman School of Music ranks among the nation’s premier music schools, boasting Guggenheim Fellows and Grammy and ASCAP Award winners on its distinguished faculty. The school has been commended and recognized nationwide for giving its students an intensive professional education, entrepreneurial opportunities in their musical disciplines, and the experience of a broader liberal arts education within the University of Rochester. Eastman’s prominent alumni include opera singers Renée Fleming, Anthony Dean Griffey, Joyce Castle, and the late William Warfield; jazz musicians Ron Carter, Steve Gadd, and Chuck Mangione; composer-conductor Maria Schneider; and composers Dominick Argento, Charles Strouse, Michael Torke, and Jeff Beal. The School presents more than 700 public concerts a year and hosts a variety of prestigious festivals and events, including, most recently, the International Society of Bassists Convention and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

 

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