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From the Top Returning to Western Pennsylvania

Popular NPR Show “From the Top” Returning to Western Pennsylvania in October

February taping in Pittsburgh to be re-broadcast on Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7 Saturday, August 4 at 5 p.m.

From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 and Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7 in Johnstown is returning to the area on Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m. at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg. Presented by the Westmoreland Cultural Trust and Seton Hill University, Classical WQED-FM 89.3 Artistic Director Jim Cunningham will host the afternoon taping. Tickets are available from WQED-FM 89.3 for a pledge of support of $40 for a single floor seat, $120 for a family four-pack; $60 for a ticket including bus transportation from WQED to the Palace Theatre,or $180 for a family four-pack including transportation.

Pledges can be made by calling 1-888-621-6900 or by going to wqed.org/support.

The popular NPR program, hosted by Pittsburgh’s own acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley features the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. This past February From the Top came to the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh to tape an episode presented by the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University. This episode which aired nationally the week of March 4 will be re-broadcast on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 and WQEDJ-FM 89.7 Johnstown this Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 5 p.m.

From the Top is heard weekly on Classical WQED-FM 89.3, Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7 in Johnstown, and at wqed.org/fm worldwide Saturdays at 5 p.m.

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. Broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of more than 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top has been described by the Boston Globe as, "an entertaining, accessible and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits and games, the show is a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives."

Annually, From the Top's live tapings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages across the United States. In conjunction with its national tour, through From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, the Boston-based non-profit offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students. In addition, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award $10,000 scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1.4 million in support for pre-college students since 2005. From the Top launched its Emmy Award winning PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall in 2007.

From the Top's radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and support from U.S. Trust. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations. From the Top is an independent non-profit organization headquartered in Boston. From the Top’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH. Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.

About WQED Pittsburgh
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 128 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and The WQED Education Department.

About Westmoreland Cultural Trust
Westmoreland Cultural Trust is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to stimulate cultural and economic development in the Westmoreland County region. We promote the performing arts; we preserve and enhance our region’s assets for the benefit of the community. Its work involves The Palace Theatre, Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, The Train Station at Greensburg, the Stark and Union Trust buildings, and Greensburg Area Cultural Council.

About Seton Hill University
Seton Hill University, founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1885, is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts
university in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Originally a women’s college, Seton Hill became a coeducational university in 2002. Seton Hill currently enrolls more than 2,500 students and offers more than 30 undergraduate programs, 8 graduate degree programs, 6 advanced certifications and an Adult Degree Program.

Located 35 miles east of Pittsburgh in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, Seton
Hill educates dedicated practitioners and leaders in the fields of health care, science, the arts, business, education, the social sciences and government. Seton Hill also partners with the local community in economic development initiatives and as a source of cultural events and enrichment opportunities. Throughout its history, Seton Hill has pursued its mission in the tradition of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, who promised her own students: "I would wish to fit you for that world in which you are destined to live."


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