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CCM Professor Kurt Sassmannshaus (center) and the Starling Chamber Orchestra.

CCM Brings NPR's Hit Show 'From the Top With Host Christopher O'Riley' to Corbett Auditorium on April 2

The preeminent showcase for young musicians will help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Starling Chamber Orchestra, CCM's premiere preparatory string ensemble.

From the Top Live With Host Christopher O'Riley

The popular NPR radio program features the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country.

The show will feature the Starling Chamber Orchestra, with conductor and CCM Violin Chair Kurt Sassmannshaus, as well as solo performances by several current and past Starling Chamber Orchestra Participants.

24-year-old violinist and 2012 Naumburg Competition winner Tessa Lark and 21-year-old violinist Jonathan Miron, both Starling Orchestra alumni, will perform “Romance” by Joseph Hellmesberger, along with From the Top alumnus Charles Yang.

Also featured on the show: 17-year-old pianist Yilun Xu from New York City and 17-year-old horn player Avery Roth-Hawthorne from Oakland, California.

From the Top may be heard locally on WGUC 90.9 on Saturdays at 9 a.m.; this episode will air nationally the week of May 5.

8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

Corbett Auditorium Seating Chart

Tickets to the April 2 taping of From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Starling Chamber Orchestra are:

  • Adults: $25
  • Students: $15
  • UC Student Rush: $10 on the day of the performance ONLY; limit one ticket per valid UC student ID.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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