Seventeen-year-old Ursula Hardianto ’21 was selected as a solo piano performer for the National Public Radio (NPR) weekly show, From the Top (Episode 391 - airing on KUSC 91.5FM on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 at 6 p.m. PST). In this episode, she performs Nikolai Kapustin’s “Concert Etude op. 40 no. 6 Pastoral” and is interviewed by From the Top’s host, Peter Dugan.
From the Top is one-hour weekly syndicated classical program on public radio that features “astounding performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary classically-trained young musicians from across the country” and broadcasts on “more than 220 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly half a million listeners.” As an alumna of From the Top, Ursula will also be involved in NPR’s ongoing community engagements and arts leadership programs.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the shows were taped from live events in theaters and concert halls across the country. Due to the pandemic, interviews and performances were recorded at
assigned studios with From the Top’s host, Peter Dugan, and the production team connected to
the performers via Zoom.
Ursula recorded her show on Oct. 23, 2020 in The Village | Village Studios in west Los
Angeles. The studio holds a rich history in the music industry that range from “legends like
Fleetwood Mac, B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan to current artists like Lady Gaga,
Coldplay, Kesha, John Mayer, and Cage the Elephant.” The Village is also well-known for
having recorded award-winning movie soundtracks.
Ursula shares, “Inside the Village was like being in a Billboard museum. Every wall was
decorated with frames of Platinum Awards for albums from famous artists and movies. I feel
extremely fortunate and excited to be selected as a performer for From the Top and to be part
of The Village’s recording history.”
We are excited to tune in to support Ursula on Nov. 15, and invite you to tune in too!
There are four ways to listen to the episode:
Podcast (starting Monday, Nov. 9, 2020) Listen by Radio (Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 at 6 p.m. on KUSC 91.5FM)