The NPR program From the Top iscoming to Rochester to tape a show on March 19th at Eastman's Kodak Hall, and I've been interviewing a few musicians with Rochester connections who have played on the show.
Oliver Hagen was in high school in New York City when he got to play on stage at Lincoln Centerâ€™s Alice Tully Hall for a taping of the show From The Top. Heâ€™s now a conductor and pianist, pursuing a doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. He recently spoke with Mona Seghatoleslami about the From the Top experience and some other musical experiences.
First of all, please allow me to say thank you to all the listeners who sent in cards and notes over the holidays. Getting up day after day in the winter is a terrific challenge, and your support and enthusiasm for fantastic music on the radio is a constant source of inspiration!
Looking out the window, I'm filled with delicious anticipation of cozy indoor pursuits. It's 11 degrees, the trees are frosted, and it helps to embrace what Wallace Stevens called "a mind of winter." Here we are. Inside. I hope you are keeping warm and well-occupied. The National Weather Service is warning of the dangers of frost bite.