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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 12, 2004

Iowa City Students Treated To Special Performance

Young music lovers in Iowa City will have the chance to attend the Feb. 14 taping of "From the Top," the nationally-broadcast public radio program that brings talented young classical players to a world stage.

KSUI, one of the UI's public radio stations, will provide complimentary tickets to 100 school children in the Iowa City Community School District, courtesy of West Music, the UI School of Music, Sheraton of Iowa City and an anonymous donor who are all sponsoring the program which begins at 2 p.m. Saturday in the UI's Clapp Recital Hall.

"From the Top" will showcase seven young musicians from across the country who perform and converse with host Christopher O'Riley, including two from Iowa: 14-year-old Bridget Pasker (cello), a 7th grader at Washington Junior High in Dubuque who studies with former UI cello professor Charles Wendt, and 13-year-old Lena Ye (piano) is a fifth grader at Coralville Central Elementary School. She studies with Ksenia Nosikova, professor of piano at the UI.

"We are thrilled that KSUI is able to bring 'From the Top' to Iowa City for a taping of the nationally-syndicated show. The performances each week are terrific, and the excitement in Clapp Recital Hall is bound to be incredible," said Joan Kjaer, KSUI program director. "We're especially happy that the generosity of our sponsors allows us to provide free tickets to these Iowa City students. Compact discs are one way to hear music, but music heard live is an entirely different experience. If we can get young kids in the habit of going to classical concerts, we think they'll make it a part of their adult lives as well."

Kjaer will be interviewing Pasker and Ye as well as O'Riley on "Know the Score" on Friday, Feb. 13, broadcast live on KSUI from 5-7 p.m. at the Museum of Art. On "Know the Score," O'Riley will talk about music, the importance of introducing classical music to kids at an early age, and the wild ride he's had creating and preparing this weekly program.

" From the Top" is carried by hundreds of public radio stations around the country, and KSUI airs it Thursdays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The program hit the airwaves in January 2000 with more than 130 public radio stations across the U.S. carrying the 52-week series, and the show is now heard on more than 240 stations nationwide.

" From the Top" tickets for the public are available at the Hancher Box Office, 1-800-HANCHER. The public is invited to attend "Know the Score LIVE!"; no tickets are required.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Joan Kjaer,