PORTLAND — Portland Ovations will present “From The Top,” National Public Radio’s program profiling talented young musicians, on Wednesday, March 24, at Merrill Auditorium.
The 7 p.m. show, hosted by acclaimed concert pianist, Christopher O’Riley, will be recorded for national broadcast on NPR.
For 10 seasons, “From The Top” has offered a mix of serious music, lighthearted skits and informal interviews. With each broadcast, listeners are introduced to a new batch of talented young classical musicians and given insights into their passion for the arts.
Young artists for the March 24 concert were chosen by “From The Top” producers from auditions held late in 2009.
Among them are three Mainers. Josie and Sophie Davis of Waldoboro, teenage sisters who play violin, will perform “Largo ma non tanto” from Concerto in D Minor by Bach, accompanied by O’Riley. Wilson Bristol, 17, of Freeport, a gifted pianist who has enrolled at the University of Southern Maine’s School of Music, will perform “Tocacata” from Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee’s Sonata No. 1.
Also performing will be Anna DeLoi, 14, of Plaistow, N.H., a student of the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Division, who will play “Valse” by Arnold Bax on her harp.
Clark Pang, 14, a cellist from Orinda, Calif.. will perform “Adagio” from Samuel Barber’s Cello Sonata Op. 6. And a trumpet trio will play a traditional arrangement of “Chiapanecas” by Rafael Mendez. Members are Acadia Kocher, 16, of Columbia, Md., Dominic Favia, 16, of Vienna, Va.; and Michael Harper, 17, of Annapolis, Md.
Tickets range from $40 to $26/15 for students. Tickets are available through PortTix at 842-0800 and online at www.portlandovations.org.