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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 26, 2004

Young, Local Musicians To Appear Sept. 2, 5 On KSUI's 'From The Top'

The next offering of From the Top, the hit radio program heard on KSUI (91.7 FM), comes from the University of Iowa. Next week's shows on Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. and Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. will feature the works of three contemporary American composers -- Paul Schoenfield, Dominic Argento, and Paul Creston.

Through this nationally broadcast radio show, dedicated young classical musicians are given a platform to express themselves and inspire others.

Audiences will hear soprano Pianist Lena Ye, 13, from Coralville performing Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66; cellist Bridget Pasker, 13, from Dubuque playing Bargiel's Adagio.

Audiences will also hear soprano Celine Mogielnicki (age 18) from Westfield, N.J. performs Argento's "Diaphenia" from "Six Elizabethan Songs"; trio Bergamasque (violinist Elizabeth Beilman, 16, from Ann Arbor, Mich., cellist Cora Swenson, 15, from Fox River Grove, Ill., and pianist Michael Langlois, 17, from Cary, Ill.) performs Schoenfield's "Cafe Music," Andante Moderato; and percussionist Brian Heveron-Smith, 17, from Webster, N.Y. performs Creston's "Concertino for Marimba," 3rd mvt.

KSUI, a public radio broadcasting service of the UI, is also heard on 101.7 FM in Dubuque.

One of the most popular weekly programs on public radio, "From the Top" can be heard on nearly 250 stations across the country. NBC's "Today" described the program as "Exquisite musical performances, punctuated with off-beat interviews and campy skits. This is classy reality programming. And you don't have to love classical music to love From the Top."

From the Top is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and The PRI Program Fund whose contributors include Mr. and Mrs. J. Irwin Miller. It also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as public radio stations.

From the Top radio program is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner. From the Top is distributed by Public Radio International.

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