The Music School Festival Orchestra students applaud with their feet. It’s a quiet stomping that says, “Good job.” If they do a good job tonight, the audience at their first Amphitheater performance will be a bit louder in their applause — and they’ll use their hands.
At 2:30 p.m. today in Fletcher Music Hall, three students — including a pair of siblings — will compete for $1,000 and the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Music School Festival Orchestra next summer.
Some of the best and brightest musicians from the School of Music and around the United States will be on display for Chautauquans and a national radio audience at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
The NPR show “From the Top,” hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, will conduct a live taping of the program. School of Music violin students Laura Park and Alexandra Switala are among those performing on stage tonight.
The program is broadcasted on almost 250 stations to more than 700,000 listeners each week, and it pairs blossoming musicians with O’Riley for duets and teaching sessions.