Violinist Brandon Aponte featured this weekend on NPR



Blue Hill violinist Brandon Aponte will perform this weekend on National Public Radio’s “From the Top.”

BLUE HILL — Seventeen-year-old violinist Brandon Aponte, who is concertmaster of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra, is among six young classical musicians chosen nationwide to perform on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” program at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22. He will play “Méditation” from composer Jules Massenet’s “Thaïs.”

The other guest musicians include 17-year-old bassoonist Aaron Brown of Shapleigh, 17-year-old pianist Avery Gagliano of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., 16-year-old cellist Jiaxun Caroline Yao of Flushing, N.Y.; and guitar duo Jack and Elle of Palo Alto, Calif. Their performances were taped before a live audience on Oct. 17 in Brunswick.

Aponte, a senior at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, this past summer toured Asia with the 2018 National Youth Orchestra of the United States, a Carnegie Hall program, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Broadcast on more than 220 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly half a million listeners, “From the Top” is hosted by pianist Orli Shaham, who founded the interactive concert series for young children, “Baby Got Bach.” On the program, the featured musicians share their passion for classical music and speak about their non-musical lives, from career goals and family traditions to hidden talents, school and community life.

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