Courtesy of Gretchen Stroud
Scott Cmiel, center, teaches guitar to Chase Onodera, from left, Nicholas Padmanabhan, Ashwin Krishna and Alexander Stroud.

Local guitarists perform on NPR’s ‘From the Top’

Four young guitarists – Ashwin Krishna, a junior at Los Altos High School; Alexander Stroud, a senior at Mountain View High; Nicholas Padmanabhan, an eighth-grader at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto; and Chase Onodera of Sacramento – are scheduled to perform on the NPR radio show “From the Top” 8 p.m. Saturday.

The program, taped in front of a live audience at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, will feature a guitar quartet arrangement of a segment of Gustav Mahler’s “The Song of the Earth,” depicting the joys of youth.

“From the Top” celebrates the passion, skill and personal stories of the best pre-college-age young musicians in the country. The show weaves high-caliber artistic performances with interviews that reveal the personalities of the featured performers. The program is broadcast on approximately 250 public radio stations and reaches more than 700,000 listeners each week.

All four of the guitarists are award-winning solo performers who study with Scott Cmiel at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Each has won the Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival’s Youth Division competition in addition to numerous other awards. Krishna and Onodera previously have appeared on “From the Top” as soloists.

The program will be broadcast on public radio stations the week of March 9 and will be available for streaming at the same time on the “From the Top” website.

Tickets are $45.

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