NPR’S FROM THE TOP
Saturday, April 13, 2019 · 6:00 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall
Join the studio audience at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center for a live taping of From the Top, one of National Public Radio’s most popular weekly music programs. From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-college classical musicians with more than 700,000 listeners each week. Vijay Gupta, violinist, social justice advocate, and 2018 MacArthur Fellow, hosts the program and will be joined by special guests include the San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra.
Guest Host: Vijay Gupta, 2018 MacArthur Fellow
Vijay Gupta is a violinist and social justice advocate providing musical enrichment and valuable human connection to the homeless, incarcerated, and other under-resourced communities in Los Angeles. After joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a young violinist, Gupta began to give lessons to Nathaniel Ayers, a Juilliard-trained musician whose mental illness led to homelessness. This experience motivated him to play for the homeless and mentally ill living on Skid Row, an area of concentrated poverty and homelessness in downtown Los Angeles and, eventually, to cofound the not-for-profit Street Symphony.
NPR’s From the Top is Seeking Local Talent
NPR’s hit show From the Top is seeking local talent for a live show recording presented by La Jolla Music Society on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at The Baker-Baum Concert Hall in The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-college classical musicians with more than 700,000 listeners each week.
Applications are welcome from classically-trained musicians, ages 8-18, who have not yet graduated from high school. Composers and ensembles, including mariachi bands, are encouraged to apply. Needs-based scholarships are also available. Please visit FromTheTop.org/apply for more information and to submit an application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and it is recommended that students apply by January 7, 2019 if they hope to participate in the taping at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in April.