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April 24: NWPR brings popular kids talent show to Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash.“From the Top,” the showcase for young musicians heard weekly on Northwest Public Radio, will be at Tacoma’s Rialto Theatre at Broadway Center for the Performing Arts to tape a radio broadcast at 7:30 p.m. April 24.

The popular National Public Radio program, hosted by pianist Christopher O’Riley, features the performances and personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country.

Tickets and information are at “From the Top” is heard on NWPR’s classical music service (heard in Tacoma/Seattle on 90.9 FM) on Sundays at noon; this episode will air nationally the week of June 2.

The show will feature two performers from the Pacific Northwest. One is 18-year-old violinist Sophia Stoyanovich from Bainbridge Island, Wash. She is concertmaster of the Seattle Youth Symphony and has soloed with the Seattle Symphony.

Also performing will be 16-year-old violist Maia Hoffman from Portland, Ore. She is a recipient of “From the Top’s” Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

Other performers will include 15-year-old pianist Derek Wang from Needham, Mass.; 17-year-old soprano Kresley Figueroa from Flagstaff, Ariz.; and 15-year-old cellist Jeremy Tai from Cupertino, Calif. For the finale, Tai will be joined by the rest of the members of the Konpeito Cello Quartet from the San Francisco Conservatory: 17-year-old Irene Jeong, 16-year-old Catherine Kim and 17-year-old Minku Lee.

This show is sponsored by the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Ted Brown Music and South Sound magazine.

About ‘From the Top’

What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio. “From the Top” is broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners. Learn more about the program and nonprofit organization at

About NWPR

Northwest Public Radio is a listener-supported public radio service heard in the Tacoma/Seattle area on 90.9 FM, on 19 stations across Washington, Idaho, Oregon and southern British Columbia, and online at



Kerry Swanson, NWPR Station Manager, 509-335-6512,

Robin Allen LaPlante, “From the Top,” 617-437-0707 ext. 103,

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