GO Arts: NPR’s “From the Top” plays Tacoma’s Rialto Theater with Arlington violinist Sarah Hall

Tacoma News TribuneApril 15, 2014 

Christopher O'Riley will host the popular NPR show "From the Top" at the Rialto Theater next Thursday.


When NPR’s Christopher O’Riley brings his nationally-known radio show “From the Top” to Tacoma’s Rialto Theater next Thursday, the opening act will be a violinist who won Tacoma’s Beatric Hermann competition just one week after her home community of Arlington was devastated by the Oso landslide.

“From the Top,” which began as a weekly showcase for young virtuoso musicians in 2000 and now reaches nearly 700,000 listeners, has recently taken to concert halls around the country, with host and pianist Christopher O’Riley introducing local and regional young soloists in a live recorded show of music and personal stories. Tacoma’s episode will be broadcast on June 2.

The Tacoma show also features winners of the annual local Beatrice Hermann competition, and will open with violinist Sarah Hall, whose family owns an organic farm in Arlington, recently affected by the Oso landslide. Since the slide Hall has been giving benefit concerts around the region, and played in the Hermann competition finals just one week after the catastrophic event.

Other performers include 18-year-old violinist Sophia Stoyanovich from Bainbridge Island, 16-year-old violist Maia Hoffman from Portland, Oregon, who is a recipient of NPR’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, 15-year-old pianist Derek Wang from Needham, Massachusetts; 17-year-old soprano Kresley Figueroa from Flagstaff, Arizona; and 15-year-old cellist Jeremy Tai from Cupertino, California, with the San Francisco-based Konpeito Cello Quartet.

7:30 p.m. April 24. $19/$29/$49. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org.

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com

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