Three Eastman Community Music School Students Chosen To Perform on National Public Radio Series

Local recording of ‘From the Top’ will be broadcast in March

December 20, 2007

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Three young musicians who study at the Eastman Community Music School will be featured on an upcoming program of the National Public Radio series From the Top.

William Cho, Stephen Ryck, and Harvest Zhang are among five local musicians selected to perform on the program, which is being recorded live in Rochester on January 20 for later broadcast.

Zhang, 15, a sophomore at Brighton High School, has studied piano for 10 years, the last seven years with Harriet Zimmerman. Cho, 18, a Brighton High School senior who started his violin studies 10 years ago, has been a student of Jeremy Zhu and Charles Castleman for the past three years. Ryck, 18, is a senior at Fairport High School who has studied cello for 13 years; he was a student of Melissa Burton Anderson and is currently a student of Kathleen Kemp.

Cho and Ryck will be performing on From the Top with the Compass String Quartet, whose members met performing with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The quartet also includes violinist Kieran Hanlon and violist Michael Sabatka.

From the Top is a weekly series, hosted by pianist Christopher O’Riley, showcasing top young classical musicians around the country. The January 20 taping, scheduled for 3 p.m. in Nazareth College’s Callahan Theatre, will be broadcast nationally and can be heard locally at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16, on public radio station WXXI-FM.

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