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Violinist William Hagen, one of the young musicians who performed Sunday at Kleinhans Music Hall on the national radio show "From the Top," took his musical message to the schools on Monday. Here is a picture of Hagen at Union East Elementary in Cheektowaga.

Hagen hails from Salt Lake City, Utah. He has participated in master classes led by Pinchas Zukerman and Joseph Silverstein.  His Web site reports that Will, as he is called, plays on a 1665 Amati violin on loan from the Mandell Collection of Southern California.

The Amati has a little admirer!


You can listen to an enormous number of "From the Top" radio shows on the "From the Top" Web site. The show at Kleinhans (read Garaud MacTaggart's account of the show here) is scheduled to air 9 a.m. Saturday, April 18, on WNED-FM.

Buffalo note: The show's tour producer, David Balsom, wrote a cute blog post on the "From the Top" site about going back to Buffalo, where he is from. He refers to Buffalonians around the world as "the Buffalo diaspora." Only he doesn't use the word Buffalonians. Instead he says "Buffaloons." An interesting term!

Balsom writes:

Working with the Buffalo Philharmonic was extra special; my grandfather Meyer had been a violinist in the orchestra for over 30 years, and during the Vaudeville Era, he was the headliner at the Shea’s Buffalo Theatre. Together with his brother Moe, who headed the band at the big nightclub in town, the Balsoms were what passed for “stars” in Buffalo during the ‘40s and ‘50s.

How sweet! David, you can come back here anytime!

Read the confessions of David Balsom here.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman



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