Classical Musicians Ages 8-18 Invited to Audition for NPR’s Popular Show, ‘From the Top’

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – May 31, 2012 – Colorado Public Radio (CPR) and The Colorado Symphony invite classical musicians ages 8-18 to audition for National Public Radio’s (NPR) hit show, “From the Top.”

“From the Top” with host Christopher O’Riley is a popular NPR radio program showcasing America’s best young classical musicians. It can be heard on CPR’s statewide network of classical music stations on Sundays at 6 p.m. and on more than 200 other stations nationwide.

CPR hopes to highlight the young talent in Colorado by encouraging local student musicians to audition for the show. Classical musicians, including instrumentalists, vocalists, composers and ensembles who are not yet enrolled full-time in a college or conservatory are invited to audition.

Students who audition may be featured with The Colorado Symphony during a concert broadcast recording of “From the Top” live from Boettcher Concert Hall on Jan. 12, 2013. Applicants also have the opportunity to be included on future “From the Top” programs recorded around the country.

“From the Top’s” variety show format features serious musical performances and lively interviews with some of the country’s best pre-collegiate performers. This unique blend of music, talk and humor draws nearly 700,000 loyal listeners each week. After every live concert recording, performers are invited to share their music, experiences and related passions with their peers.

Of the more than 100 musicians chosen to appear on the radio program every year, approximately 20 will receive Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Awards in support of furthering their musical education. Scholarships up to $10,000 are given to deserving young classical musicians between the ages of 8-18 who have high levels of artistic achievement, demonstrated financial need and a solid academic record.

Qualified students can apply at www.fromthetop.org. Applications and recorded auditions are accepted continuously and on a rolling admissions basis.

ABOUT FROM THE TOP
For the past decade, From the Top has been the preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians. Through award-winning NPR and PBS programs, online media, a national tour of live events, and education programs, From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate musicians with millions each week. Each program provides a compelling and entertaining window into the world of a diverse group of young people, who pursue life with passion, determination, and joy. From the Top’s 2011-12 National Tour is sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

From the Top’s training and mentorship programs prepare young musicians to connect with new audiences, serve as positive peer role models, and give back to their communities in many ways.

Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.

News, Notes & Spins – October 1, 2011

Can you believe it’s October already?  In all of about the next 60 days (from Oct 1) we’ll be asking what your favorite titles are from the past year … and I’ll post the year end charts; that of course at the end of the year – but to do that means a month of work in advance…. And a lot of reviewing for those who might be a bit behind in listening to what’s up in Colorado in 2011.  It will be interesting to see what titles our on-air programmers and others pick as their favorites / most played of 2011.

Plenty of radio news this month, including two NEW “radio” stations on the horizon, one AM based and one Internet based.  I got the chance to sit and talk to Mike Flanagan, the new program director for OpenAir 1340, set to launch Oct 31.  Mike’s planning a unique mix of contemporary music, buffered with in studio performances and interviews with both Colorado acts and acts performing in Colorado.  In-studio sessions coming up from the likes of Candy Claws and others are apparently already set up and ready to go.

I have to give a HUGE thumbs up to the CPR (Colorado Public Radio) performance/recording studio; it is truly a world class facility, geared to a very high standard of sound, recording capabilities, and contemporary aesthetics.

Also taking place – Former Indie 101.5 music director John “Whip” Wilbur and ex-Lipglosser Tyler Jacobson have teamed up to launch Post303Radio.com, featuring contemporary indie and alternative music not heard on most commercial stations, with a heavy dose of Colorado music mixed in.  Could Dave Herrera be willing to reprise his old local music show?  Hmmm….

In either case, we can expect to find more Colorado music of all varieties on the air in the near future along the Front Range and online.

Danielle Hastings has joined the KRFC staff as the new Fund Development Specialist. Danielle’s known in Fort Collins for her work with FoCoMA (Fort Collins Musicians Association) and Bohemian Nights at New West Fest. Danielle is a very passionate supporter of Colorado music and KRFC’s new more Colorado focused format.  Her primary responsibility this fall will be to develop the KRFC underwriting program and sponsorships and she will be playing a big role in creating more community connections and shaping the future of Development and fund raising at KRFC.

KGNU’s 33 1/3 birthday is coming up.  They’ll have a vinyl celebration on Monday 10/17, during their next membership drive, 10/12-10/22

KRCC presents a live broadcast of Garrison Keillor’s A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION Saturday, October 29 at the Colorado Springs World Arena.  Doors open at 2:45pm with showtime beginning promptly at 3:45pm

If you plan on trying to reach KDNK asst. music director Lynette O’Kane from now til Nov, you’re SOL LOL … she’s off on a five wk vaca in Morocco, Spain & France.  Hmmmm … I wonder how many times she’s been asked if there’s extra space in those travel trunks … ALSO at KDNK — news reporter Mat Katz has moved on to another job in New York. Ed Williams is on board.

Here’s the charts …

TOP 40 ALBUM SPINS – September 2011
(133 titles reported played / 317 titles tracked)
(LM) TM / [date added]
(D) = debut, first time on chart)
(R) = re-entered chart)

(3) 1. Spring Creek – Hold On Me (self) Bluegrass [Jul-11]
(2) 2. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5 (self) Bluegrass [Apr-11]
(D) 3. Driftwood Fire – How To Untangle A Heartache (self) Folk [Aug-11]
(17) 4. The Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee (Blank Tape) Americana [May-11]
(D) 5. Bare Bones – Bare Bones (self) Rock/Folk [Sep-11]
(D) 6. Cary Morin – Sing It Louder (Music Maker) Blues [Aug-11]
(R) 6. Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams – Sinners & Saints (self) Americana/alternative country-rock [Aug-10]
(21) 7. The Patti Fiasco – The Patti Fiasco (self) Rock/alternative country-rock [Jul-11]
(20) 8. Jim Stranahan – Free For All (Capri Records) Jazz [Apr-11]
(R) 8. Brad Goode – Tight Like This (Delmark) Jazz [Sep-10]
(7) 8. Jami Lunde – Big Black Birds (self) Americana/folk-rock [Jun-11]
(D) 8. The Raven and the Writing Desk – Bonedale (self) Rock/adult alternative [Sep-11]
(R) 8. The Whiskey Bottles – Ain’t No Crime (self) Americana/alternative country-rock [Apr-11]
(D) 9. El Toro De La Muerte – Dancer These Days (self) Rock [Aug-11]
(D) 10. Petals of Spain – Late Night Visitor (self) Funk/R&B/Soul [Sep-11]
(8) 11. Cassie Taylor – Blue (Hypertension) Blues/R&B/Rock [Aug-11]
(D) 12. 3 Twins Broadband – 3 Twins Broadband (Cook Music Group) Americana [Aug-11]
(R) 13. Adam Bodine Trio – Up ‘N Hear (self) Jazz [Jul-11]
(24) 14. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis (self) Blues [Aug-11]
(24) 15. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson (Ryko) Blues [Jan-11]
(24) 15. Fierce Bad Rabbit – Spools of Thread (self) Rock/alternative/indie [Sep-10]
(4) 15. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty (Free School) Rock/adult alternative [re-entry Apr-11]
(24) 16. Musketeer Gripweed – Dyin’ Day (self) Rock/blues-rock [Sep-10]
(R) 16. The Hickman-Dalton Gang – The Hickman-Dalton Gang Vol II (self) Americana/alternative country-rock [Jun-11]
(D) 17. Andy Palmer – Sometime Around (self) Rock/adult alternative [Sep-11]
(D) 17. SHEL – When the Dragon Came Down (Moraine Music Group) Folk/Pop [Sep-11]
(12) 17. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity (Woomusic) Rock/adult contemporary pop [Jun-11]
(4) 17. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down (self) Rock/acoustic pop rock [Jul-11]
(1) 18. Devotchka – 100 Lovers (Anti-) Rock/adult alternative [Dec-10]
(R) 18. Katey Laurel – From Here (Roaring Twenties Records) Americana/folk-rock [Jan-11]
(R) 18. My Body Sings Electric – Step Into the Light (self) Rock/modern alternative [Jan-11]
(D) 18. Petals of Spain – Lady Luck (single) (self) Funk/R&B/Soul [Sep-11]
(D) 19. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Sineater (Greater Than Collective) Rock/indie-alternative [Sep-11]
(R) 19. Whiskey Blanket – No Object (self) Hip-Hop/adult-progressive [Dec-10]
(R) 20. Jeff Brinkman – To the Bones (Devonshire Records) Rock/adult alternative [Jul-10]
(R) 20. Jim McTurnan & The Kids That Killed The Man – Joie De Vivre (self) Pop/indie-alternative [May-11]
(5) 20. Paper Bird – Carry On (Long Spoon) Americana/folk [Jul-11]
(D) 20. Roniit – Roniit (self) Pop/dark-electro [Sep-11]
(11) 20. The Dirty Lookers – Audio Voyeur (self) Rock/garage [Aug-11]
(R) 21. Kevin Dooley – Moonlight Highway (self) Americana/country-folk [Jun-11]

Fell Out of Top 40 – September
(6) Gabrielle Louise – Mirror the Branches
(8) Elephant Revival – Break in the Clouds
(8) H2 Big Band – You’re It!
(9) Kim Jones – Lucky Girl
(10). The Holler! – Gratitude
(11) Pat Murphy – The Paul Howard Project
(12) Dotsero – Storyhouse
(13) Justin Roth – Now You Know
(14) Carmen Sandim Sextet – Brand New
(15) Fox Street Allstars – Welcome to the Mighty Pleasin’
(16) Rose Hill Drive – Americana
(17) Fingers of the Sun – Fingers of the Sun
(18) Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Two Bedroom Apartment
(18) Gary Bragg – High Plains Storm
(18) White Water Ramble – All Night Drive
(19) Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Rocksteady
(19) Houses – Winter
(19) John Oates – Mississippi Mile
(19) the Still City – Brittle Bones
(20) Grant Gordy – Grant Gordy
(21) The Chain Gang of 1974 – Wayward Fire
(22) Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss
(23) Stray Grass – Written in the Stars
(24) John-Alex Mason – Jook Joint Thunderclap
(24) Jonny Barber & the Living Deads – Jonny Barber & the Living Deads

Added – September
Andy Palmer – Sometime Around
Andy Thorn – Fire In the Sky
Bare Bones – Bare Bones
Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen – Tippy’s Barn
Breathe Carolina – Hell Is What You Make It
Ian Cooke – Fortitude
Mosey West – Vaca Money
Papa Juke – Out of the Blues
Pikes – Pikes
Popcult – Popcult EP
Dawson James – Plaid Shirt Livin’
Dubskin – Release from Fear
Eric Shiveley – Crybaby (single)
Honey Gitters – Poor Gitters’ Almanack
Lizzie Huffman – Pretty Old Soul
Mark’s Midnight Carnival – Mark’s Midnight Carnival
Melissa Axel – love * humanity * metamorphosis
Petals of Spain – Late Night Visitor
Petals of Spain – Lady Luck (single)
Roniit – Roniit
Saints – Dark Country (single)
SHEL – When the Dragon Came Down
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Sineater
The Don’ts and Be Carefuls – Sun Hits
The Raven and the Writing Desk – Bonedale
Tommy & the Tangerines – Main Squeeze

REPORTING STATIONS
No Report this month = KGNU (Boulder), KBUT (Crested Butte), KCSU (Fort Collins)

KAFM (Grand Junction)
1. Driftwood Fire – How To Untangle A Heartache
1. The Whiskey Bottles – Ain’t No Crime
2. Elephant Revival – Break in the Clouds
3. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5
4. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson

KDNK (Carbondale)
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams – Sinners & Saints
2. Beth Quist – New Moon
2. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty
2. Spring Creek – Hold On Me
3. Andy Palmer – Sometime Around

KRCC (Colorado Springs)
1. The Chain Gang of 1974 – Wayward Fire
2. El Toro De La Muerte – Dancer These Days
2. Tennis – Cape Dory
3. Grant Sabin – The Homesick EP
3. Jami Lunde – Big Black Birds

KRFC (Fort Collins)
1. The Patti Fiasco – The Patti Fiasco
2. Cary Morin – Sing It Louder
3. Musketeer Gripweed – Dyin’ Day
4. Devotchka – 100 Lovers
4. John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light – Beautiful Empty

KUNC (Greeley)
1. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity
1. Zach Heckendorf – The Cool Down
2. Driftwood Fire – How To Untangle A Heartache
3. Justin Roth – Now You Know
4. SHEL – When the Dragon Came Down

KUVO (Denver)
1. Judy Wexler – Under A Painted Sky
2. Jim Stranahan – Free For All
3. Adam Bodine Trio – Up ‘N Hear
3. Andrew Vogt – Cats Afoot
3. Brad Goode – Tight Like This

KVNF (Paonia)
1. Paper Bird – Carry On
1. Spring Creek – Hold On Me
2. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5
3. The Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee
4. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson

The Colorado Sound
1. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis
2. The Haunted Windchimes – Live at the Western Jubilee
3. Bare Bones – Bare Bones
3. Driftwood Fire – How to Untangle a Heartache
4. Jami Lunde – Big Black Birds

MISC. (includes specialty shows on The Mountain, KTCL & Radio 1190)
1. The Don’ts and Be Carefuls – Sun Hits
2. Popcult – Popcult EP
2. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Sineater
3. Bare Bones – Bare Bones
3. Bop Skizzum – Beauty Queen

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