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Classical 101

Michaela Cipriani from Westerville to From the Top!

Central Ohio is a good place for young musicians. Several are featured on the next edition of From the Top,  broadcast on Classical 101 Sundays at 7 p.m. The May 19 broadcast features several of our neighbors, including Westerville's Michaella Cipriani. She's a busy young woman. Just prior to taping From the Top at New Albany's McCoy Performing Arts Center, Michaella won the top promising artist award from Opera Columbus. A similar prize led to her debut with the New Albany Symphony, conducted by Luis Biava http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZV8x1aSUXw From the the Top is the nationally syndicated brainchild of Gerald Slavet and Granville's Jennifer Hurley-Wales. Young musicians compete from across the country for one of very few places available for each broadcast. Pianist Christopher O'Riley is the on air host, often accompanying his young proteges.  From the Top is based at the New England Conservatory in Boston, but they often "take it on the road." Ohio is a favorite stop, with several appearances in Granville and Columbus over the years. Michaella agreed with me that leading younger people to classical music is a challenge. "I want new classical music!"  she told me. I suspect a surfeit of Philip Glass and his younger colleagues would attract a vibrant audience to us. When I asked Michaella how she would support Classical 101 she said, "Classical music costs money so people should pay for it!"