WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253

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WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253,
ESM Contact: Helene Snihur, (585) 274-1057, hsnihur@esm.rochester.edu

Rochester Education Foundation Accepting Donations
March 19 from 2-7pm at Wolk Atrium

(Rochester, NY) March 4, 2014 – A group of talented young musicians will come together at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre on Wednesday, March 19 to share their love of music and perform live on NPR’s From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley. In the spirit of this national show, the event hosts – WXXI and Eastman School of Music – encourage the public to share their joy of music with students in the Rochester City School District by donating used instruments to the Rochester Education Foundation (REF) that afternoon. From 2 to 7 p.m. REF will be in Wolk Atrium next to the Eastman Theatre Box Office accepting donations.

REF’s Spring for Music Opportunities program collects conventional band and orchestra instruments, as well as recorders, maracas, and other small instruments and distributes them to students in the Rochester City School District. The organization also collects music stands, elementary instruction booklets, sheet music, and new music supplies.

Since 2005, hundreds of students have experienced the joy of playing music thanks to generous donations of more than 1,000 musical instruments to REF's Spring for Music program. Donations are accepted year round at REF’s office at 250 Mill Street in the High Falls neighborhood. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law, and donors receive a gift receipt confirming their donation. For more information: visit <www.rochestereducation.org>.

From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley, taping live on March 19 at 7 p.m. at Kodak Hall, will feature 10 local young musicians, plus world-renowned flutist Sir James Galway. Nineteen-year-old Eastman School of Music student soprano Emily Helenbrook from Alexander, New York, will return to From the Top after appearing on a 2012 program recorded at the Chautauqua Institution. Sixteen-year-old Annie Jacobs-Perkins from Pittsford, principal cellist with the RPYO and Hochstein School student, will make her From the Top debut.

Sir James Galway will play with an ensemble of young musicians from ESM and Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO), which includes: June Kim (ESM) and Gwen Healy (RPYO), oboes; Dominic Giardino (ESM and From the Top alum) and Jeffrey Guo (RPYO), clarinets; Quinn Delaney (ESM and From the Top alum) and Maggie Bacon (RPYO), bassoons; and Russell Rybicki (ESM) and Nikolette LaBonte (ESM), horns. The program will also include 10-year-old violinist Pierce Wang from Fremont, California; and 16-year-old pianist Carmen Knoll from Carlstadt, New Jersey, who is a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

For tickets, visit the Eastman Theatre box office or order online at <www.RPO.org/boxoffice>.

From the Top Rochester is made possible in part by RG&E and Iberdrola USA, Sullivan Violins, VirtuosoTV, Alfred University MostArts Festival, Betty Strasenburgh, and Keith & Betsy Wilson.


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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