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Rockport teen to share Merrill Auditorium stage for NPR’s ‘From the Top’

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PORTLAND — From the Top, the nationally-distributed NPR program and podcast that celebrates the voices and talents of America’s brightest young classical musicians, will bring its next live taping event to Merrill Auditorium, Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., presented by Portland Ovations. Among the performers will be Annabel Parker, of Rockport.

This presentation of From the Top is part of Ovations’ Maine Bicentennial Series, promoting Maine artists, places, and histories that have been less visible. 

During From the Top, young performers share their passion for classical music through performance and conversation, giving insight into their unique worlds, from musical pursuits to day-in-the-life musings.

Guest Host/pianist Orli Shaham will interview and perform with young artists from Maine and around the country, including Parker, 17.

She is a senior at Camden Hills Regional High School. She studies voice with Kathryn DerMarderosian and piano with Jim Nga at Bay Chamber Music School. She earned the Ezra Rachlin Prize of Excellence at the Young Stars of Maine Program through Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School.

She is a five-time winner of Maine’s National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition. She also portrayed Mary Poppins in her school musical this fall. Her other interests include art, debate, and history. 

Annabel will be performing Benedetto Marcello’s Quella faimma che m’accende. 

From the Top will tape two episodes during the November 20 concert in Portland. These broadcasts will air on participating stations and by podcast during the weeks of December 16, and January 6. 

From the Top is heard Saturdays, at 5 p.m., on Maine Public Classical.


In addition to Annabel, other featured performers include:

15-year-old violinist Colin Aponte from Blue Hill, a sophomore at John Bapst High School in Bangor, performing Pablo de Sarasate’s Introduction and Tarantella 

16-year-old violinist Joshua Rosenthal from Damariscotta, performing Mark O’Conner’s Limerock with From the Top alum and Bay Chamber Music violinist Josie Davis 

Fervida Piano Trio from XYZ, California performing Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D, Op. 70 No. 1, Ghost, I. Allegro vivace e con brio 

17-year-old flutist John Robert Santiago from Rowland Heights, California, recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, performing Ian Clarke’s Hypnosis* 

16-year-old cellist Laura Navasardian from New York, NY performing Camille Saint-Saëns’ The Swan (Le Cygne) from Carnival of the Animals 

17-year-old pianist Christian Chiu from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania performing Franz Schubert’s Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 90 No. 3 

13-year-old clarinetist Joshua Choi from Palisades Park, New Jersey, recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, performing Camille Saint-Saëns’ Clarinet Sonata in Eb Major, Op. 167, IV. Molto allegro 

17-year-old harpist Leila Hudson from Yorktown Heights, New York performing Adolphe Hasselmans’ La Source 

From the Top alum/pianist Huan Li from New York, New York performing Maurice Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso from “Miroirs”

*John Robert Santiago’s performance of Ian Clarke is part of From the Top’s New Music Series with support from the Amphion Foundation and Aaron Copland Fund for Music


“From the Top’s live concert recordings are just one part of a larger, all-encompassing experience for each of the young musicians, who will also participate in leadership training, community engagement activities, and career development workshops designed to enrich both personal and artistic growth,” said Portland Ovations, in a news release.

Guest Host/Concert Pianist Orli Shaham served as guest host on From the Top last season. In addition to performing concertos and recitals around the world, she created and hosts a live interactive concert series for young children. Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard (formerly Baby Got Bach) was founded in 2010.

This concert event is made possible by support from the Onion Foundation and media sponsor Maine Public.

For tickets and information: https://portlandovations.org/event/nprs-from-the-top/.


About Portland Ovations

Portland Ovations was formed as the Portland Music Commission in 1931 by the Portland City Council for the purpose of booking world-renowned performers in the elegant City Hall Auditorium, now Merrill Auditorium. The independent nonprofit organization now curates music, dance, theater, and Broadway into wide range of venues, including Merrill Auditorium, Hannaford Hall, Port City Music Hall, and the Westbrook Performing Arts Center.

Ovations is northern New England’s foremost performing arts presenter and is recognized in the industry as one of the most prominent and economically viable small-city presenters in the United States, according to Ovations, in a news release.

“Portland Ovations contributes to the cultural, social, and economic wellbeing of our community by presenting an array of high quality performing artists from around the world and creating diverse educational experiences that bring the enjoyment, energy and enrichment of the arts to all,” said Ovations. “The organization seeks to inspire a curious and imaginative community where the experience of the performing arts is a vital part of everyday life.”

Learn more at www.portlandovations.org


About From the Top

From the Top is an independent nonprofit organization that supports, develops, and shares the artistic voices and stories of young classically-trained musicians. Through its primary platform, a weekly one-hour NPR radio broadcast, and nationally-recognized arts leadership programs, From the Top amplifies the hope, passion, and discipline of today’s extraordinary young musicians.

From the Top provides young musicians with live performance opportunities in premier concert venues across the country, national exposure to nearly half a million listeners on its weekly NPR show, leadership and community engagement preparation, and more than $3 million in scholarships since 2005.

From the Top’s programs are made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment of the Arts, a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, generous contributions from individuals and institutions, and partnerships with radio stations nationwide.

Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.

Event Date: 

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 7:00pm

Event Location: 

Merrill Auditorium 


Merrill Auditorium 
Portland  Maine
United States