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Three Interlochen Arts Academy seniors to appear on NPR’s “From the Top”

Ari Han, Alexandra Yeoh, and Luis Montero Hernandez will be featured on the nationally syndicated radio program on March 11.

Hernandez, Yeoh, and Han

Luis Diego Montero Hernandez, Alexandra Yeoh, and Ari Han 

Three Interlochen Arts Academy seniors will be featured on the nationally syndicated NPR program From the Top on Monday, March 11.

The most popular weekly one-hour classical music program on public radio, From the Top features performances by young artists as well as conversations with them about musical pursuits and insights into their daily lives. Since the show’s inception in 2000, more than 300 students from Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp have been featured.

This year’s featured students are third-year violin major Ari Han, first-year viola major Alexandra Yeoh, and second year clarinet major Luis Diego Montero Hernandez, who also studied at Arts Camp. Han, who is from Harrisonburg, Virginia, will perform Eugène Ysaÿe’s Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade.” Yeoh, who is from Mason, Ohio, will be performing Robert Schumann’s Märchenbilder, Op.113, I. Nicht schnell. And Hernández, who hails from Limón, Costa Rica, will perform Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, III. Allegro con fuoco. He will be interviewed by special guest Gabriel Campos Zamora, Principal Clarinet of the Minnesota Orchestra.

The episode will be aired on Interlochen Public Radio Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m., and again on Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m. Listeners can find the episode online, on FM radio, or on the IPR mobile app.

In addition to being featured on From the Top, Hernandez is a 2024 recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, alongside fellow Academy senior Ian Dodd. Recipients of this award receive up to $10,000 to help offset the costs of studying classical music at a high level. Each year, From the Top chooses approximately 20 exceptional pre-collegiate musicians ages 8-18 to receive the award.