West High student performs on NPR’s From the Top

Elizabeth Lin


Last spring, Justin Moser ’11 was selected to play alto saxophone on From the Top, a weekly broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR) that showcases America’s top young classical musicians hosted by pianist Christopher O’Riley. Earlier this week, at the Adler Theater in Davenport, IA, Moser shared the stage with talented musicians from Chicago to Alaska to record the show.

“It was amazing to be part of such a big event with such talented musicians. The staff of From the Top made it a very fun experience. I really hope I continue to practice not just for some grand event, but instead to better my abilities for the future,” Moser said.

The musicians were all interviewed briefly by O’Riley following their performances. After Moser’s performance of the second movement of Pierre Sancan’s Lamento et Rondo, O’Riley asked Moser about a recent American Idol audition. Instead of explaining the situation, Moser began to sing Chris Brown’s “With You.” The concert was filled with other surprises including a marimba duet.

“I was impressed by all of the musicians performing for the show. Justin sounded great. It was cool that he both sang and played saxophone,” said Kap Mueller ‘11.

The show will be broadcast on NPR on Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. and Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. on KSUI 91.7 FM.