From the Top and Carnegie Hall Announce 'Big Break' Contest
From the Top and Carnegie Hall today announced Big Break, a new online contest that offers young musicians the chance to compete for a spot on NPR's From the Top national radio broadcast, hosted by Christopher O'Riley, as well as an opportunity to grace the stage at Carnegie Hall, performing in a Carnegie Hall Family Concert in Zankel Hall in spring 2011.
From October 18 to November 18, musicians ages 8–18 who are United States residents are invited to submit a video of a solo classical performance at YouTube.com/BigBreak. (For musicians age 13 and younger, entries must be submitted by a parent or guardian.) All Big Break entries received by November 18 will be reviewed by a panel of judges at From the Top and Carnegie Hall who will select a group of finalists to move on to a public voting stage, beginning in late November. Public voting will begin around November 29 and end on December 14. The Big Break’s grand-prize winner selected by the public will appear on an upcoming national radio broadcast of From the Top on NPR with host Christopher O'Riley. The grand-prize winner plus several runners-up will also perform at a Carnegie Hall Family Concert on April 9 in Zankel Hall, produced in partnership with From the Top and hosted by Mr. O'Riley. Big Break winners will be announced in mid-December.