Jerry Slavet -- "From the Top"
Jerry Slavet, a first generation college student (Bowdoin, 1961), a kid from Mattapan, Mass., created a show that has turned the world of classical music upside down.
[article in Bowdoin magazine Winter 2006]
By showcasing both the peerless artistry and the adolescent quirks of young classical musicians, ?From the Top? has become the nation?s most popular weekly classical music program. Broadcast on 250 radio stations, the show now ranks among the top 5 weekly programs on all of public radio along with long term notables ?Car Talk? and ?Prairie Home Companion.? It gets better: in 2007, ?From the Top? will begin airing a 13-part television series taped at Carnegie Hal.
After college, Slavet moved to Providence, RI, to fulfill his military obligation and to act in plays in a new theater company. He went on to Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and obtained a master?s degree in theater. He founded a theater company, the Garrick Players, to perform in area schools. He spent 8 years as artistic director for the Wayside Theatre in Middletown, transforming a failing summer stock theater into a foundation for the arts with an residence program at the Theatre in the woods, Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA.
He and his family moved to Dennis, MA; then he served as a Good Will Ambassador in the Arto to South America and later received assignments from the U.S. Embassies in several South American countries. Returning to Boston in 1977 he started a small real estate firm that became a major residnetial property management and development company.
Slavet became involved in the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra when his daughter played there as an oboist. He became one of the trustees and produced documentary films of the Orchestra?s global performances. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, ?From the Top? aired its pilot season in January of 2000.
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Created: April 8, 2006 Modified: April 8, 2006