Hit Show ‘From the Top’ Records National Radio Program at UA’s Moody Concert Hall

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama College of Arts & Sciences School of Music together with the Gloria Narramore Moody Foundation and Hampton Inns of Tuscaloosa present “From the Top.” The hit public radio program will record in the Concert Hall of the Moody Music Building on the UA campus Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m.

The program, hosted by internationally renowned pianist Christopher O’Riley, will feature young musicians from Alabama and across the country. “From the Top” can be heard on nearly 250 stations coast to coast and on Alabama Public Radio every Sunday at 11 a.m. This episode is scheduled to air Nov. 26.

Tickets prices are $22 and $15 for general audiences and $10 for students and children ages 7-12. Due to the 90-minute length of the program and because it is being recorded, it is strongly recommended that children under 7 not attend. For ticket information or an immediate credit card purchase, call the School of Music Box Office at 205/348-7111.

“From the Top” showcases the stories and musical perform­ances of exceptional pre-college age classical musicians and each one-hour program features performances by five soloists or ensembles ages 9-18 who are often accompanied by host O’Riley.

The Tuscaloosa program will include:

Heather Engebretson, 14, Tuscaloosa, on violin performing Kreisler’s “Praeludium and Allegro.”

Conrad Tao, 10, New York City, composer/pianist playing his “Sonata for Two Pianos,” III. Presto, with Peng-Peng Gong, 12, New York City.

The Lamb Family Violin Trio: Kolson, 13, Kiemel, 15 and Karis, 17 from Tuscaloosa, will perform “Csardas” by Michael McLean.

Keenan Boswell, 16, Walnut Creek, Calif., four manual Holtkamp organ

Mary Thomas, 17, Auburn, mezzo-soprano

The program is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory, its home and educational partner. Public Radio International distributes the program. Support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, The PRI Program Fund, 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.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the University’s largest division and the largest public liberal arts college in the state, with approximately 5,500 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students. The College has received national recognition for academic excellence, and the College’s students have been selected for many of the nation’s top academic honors, including 13 Rhodes Scholarships, 15 Goldwater Scholarships, seven Truman Scholarships, one Udall Scholarship and 16 memberships on USA Today’s Academic All-American teams.


Elizabeth M. Smith, UA Media Relations, 205/348-3782, esmith@ur.ua.edu


Alexis Z. Clark, Marketing Support Assistant, School of Music, 205/348-1477