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Miami (April 2017) -- NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, the preeminent showcase for young musicians, will come to the South MiamiDade Cultural Arts Center to record a radio broadcast on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11 AM for students from area schools. The popular NPR radio program features the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians ages 8 to 18 from across the country. This school program and NPR radio taping is presented by the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and the William R Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.


“We are thrilled to be back in Miami working with the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and the William R Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust to reach hundreds of school children,” says From the Top CEO Jennifer Hurley-Wales.

“Seeing a live radio taping is a unique experience for our audience of Miami-area students, and this performance will provide them with a rare opportunity to connect with passionate and talented musicians their own age. In turn, From the Top’s young performers are empowered as leaders and role models through this experience.”


“We had the pleasure of working with From the Top last year and we are so proud to showcase again the talented youth in our community with this partnership,” says Carla Hill, Education and Outreach Manager for South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. “As somebody who grew up in the neighborhood surrounding the Center I am so thrilled that this opportunity is available to our children.”


The concert recording will feature 17-year-old oboist Elias Medina from Miami, who is a senior at the New World School of the Arts, performing Schumann. He will be joined on stage by soprano Juliet Schlefer, 18, from Brooklyn, New York; violinist Zachary Brandon, 18, from Battle Creek, Michigan; pianist Ruochong (Steven) Cui, 11, from Bethesda, Maryland; and composer and pianist Andrew Guo, 18, from Chicago, Illinois.


They will perform works by Chopin, Dvorak, Franck, and Finzi. Zachary Brandon and Jonathan Lopez will also receive From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with their performances on the show. The $10,000 Award is given to deserving young musicians to help further their musical studies.


School groups that are interested in reserving tickets may contact Mindy Cimini at From the Top at by April 21, 2017.




About From the Top


From the Top is America’s largest national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Through live events, NPR and YouTube broadcasts, scholarships, and leadership programs, From the Top empowers these extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.


Support for From the Top’s radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations. From the Top’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH.


From the Top is an independent non-profit organization proudly based in Boston’s vibrant cultural district. Learn more at


From the Top program contact:

Erin MacCurtain, 617-437-0707 x103 or



The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community. More information about the Center and its programs can be found at  


It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The facility is accessible and assistive listening devices are available in the Main Stage Auditorium and the Black Box Theater space. To request materials in accessible format, and/or any accommodation to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, please contact Stephanie Aponte, 786-573-5314,, at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).


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