Listen to HYS on "From The Top"


Episode airs nationally the week of January 23 and on KHPR 88.1 FM on January 28 at 10:00AM


Listen Online: http://HYS.Life/ftt331


The Hawaii Youth Symphony of Honolulu, Hawai’i, will appear on an upcoming episode of From the Top, the hit NPR radio program featuring America’s best young classical musicians and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley. The show will air nationally the week of January 23 and on KHPR 88.1 FM on January 28 at 10:00AM. One can also download the show as a podcast on and listen to it on the go. The episode was taped before a live audience at the Blaisdell Center Concert Hall in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

The Hawai’i Youth Symphony (HYS) unites students from different schools, cultural backgrounds, and socio-economic conditions around music. Participating students attend regular rehearsals and perform an average of 24 concerts statewide per year, all open to the public. Community concerts not only allow HYS to showcase its young musicians, but also cultivate a sense of civic responsibility among the performers. Conductor Henry Miyamura leads Youth Symphony I, the highest-level ensemble of the HYS.

On the show, the orchestra performs I. Allegro of Paul Hindemith’s Symphony Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber and Neil McKay’s Na Mele Overture. Also on the broadcast: 12-year-old violinist Yesong Sophie Lee of Seattle, Washington, performs IV. Allegro con brio of Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata no. 2, Op. 94; 4U Ukulele Quartet from Honolulu, Hawai’i, performs “Tokada” by Jake Shimabukuro; 15-year-old clarinetist Javier Morales-Martinez from Los Angeles, California, performs Première Rhapsodie by Claude Debussy; and 13-year-old cellist Kevin Song of Irvine, California, performs “Le Grand Tango” by Astor Piazzolla.

For the past decade, From the Top has been the preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians. Through award-winning NPR and PBS programs, online media, a national tour of live events, and education programs, From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate musicians with millions each week.

From the Top is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations.
From the Top on NPR is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner.


For a complete listing of repertoire and performance photographs, please contact Jodi Beznoska at or 617-437-0707 x117


What is “From The Top”?

NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on Hawaiʻi Public Radio comes back to the islands for two live recordings of the hit NPR show, featuring musicians from Hawai’i and beyond. This marks From the Top’s fifth visit to Hawai’i, having recorded seven shows over the past twelve years on Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi island.

The 2016 Hawaiʻi tour of From the Top is made possible through the generous support of The Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Hawaii Youth Symphony, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra, Grand Naniloa Hotel, Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra.



About From the Top

The program is America’s premier national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Operating from Boston’s vibrant music district, From the Top produces nationwide media programs (like NPR’s From the Top Live with Christopher O’Riley), presents inspiring live performances in Boston and around the country, offers scholarships, and helps America’s talented, hard-working, and dedicated young musicians inspire music lovers of all ages.

Broadcast on over 220 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners, NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley has been described by the Boston Globe as, “an entertaining, accessible, and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits, and games, the show is a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives.” From the Top’s PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall (2007–2009) won two daytime Emmy awards, and From the Top’s YouTube channel offers videos and behind-the-scenes insights.

Now in its 15th year, From the Top‘s live recordings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages across the United States each year. In conjunction with its national tour, From the Top’s Education & Outreach department offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students.

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