Frenship senior to be featured on National Public Radio

Tristan Plaut will perform on NPR’s “From the Top” program during the week of Dec. 21. He will record his performance during a concert on Tuesday at Texas Tech. (Photo by Zach Long)

Frenship High School senior Tristan Plaut will be one of two Lubbock area young artists to be featured on From The Top, a radio and television broadcast featuring the nation’s best young classical musicians.

Plaut, 17, will perform the third movement of Eldin Burton’s Sonatina during a concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Allen Theatre at Texas Tech University. Tickets are available at 770-2000 or at the box office at the Texas Tech student union.

The performance will later be broadcast on NPR during the week of Dec. 21 to more than 200 stations nationwide.

When did you first become involved in music?

“I started playing music when I was in fifth grade, I guess about halfway through my fifth grade year. I started playing flute, I started taking private lessons. I guess sixth grade is when I first started playing in the school, so I was kind of half a year ahead of everyone when I started playing in school.”

Why did you choose to play flute?

“I guess I really don’t know. My uncle, he played the flute, and I thought that was always pretty cool. I looked up to him, sort of, so I just decided that would be a cool thing to play.”

Do you have a lot of family members who play music?

“Neither of my parents play music. My brother is an all-state trumpet player. My sister made first alternate, she plays bassoon, and I guess I play the flute.”

Do you take private lessons? (If so, from whom?)

“I take private lessons from Margaret Redcay. She was a professor of flute at Tech for 32 years, and she’s retired now, and she’s just teaching flute lessons on the side, so I take lessons from her.”

How often do you practice?

“I try to practice every day, usually sometimes when I’m at school and I’m just sitting there, I’ll practice for 20, 30 minutes, and then I usually try to practice at home for 15, 20 minutes every day.”

What kind of music do you listen to?

“Not really classical music. I don’t listen to, like, traditional music that you listen to on flute. But I listen to, like, I guess, rock, anything that normal kids my age would listen to.”

What kind of music do you like to play?

“I like to play music. I don’t like to play, like, classical, old stuff. That kind of bores me a little bit I guess. I’ll play it, but I feel I can’t really get into it unless it’s kind of modern and there’s a good beat to it, I guess, so I usually try to pick pieces that interest me, rather than interest other people.”

What other activities are you involved in?

“I’m on the varsity golf team at the high school, and I’ve been playing golf since I was in the eighth grade, so, four, going on five years this year.”

Do you practice golf as much as you do flute?

“Probably more, since we’re required to be out there every day, like three hours, so three, four, five hours, just depends. I’m kind of made to practice, that kind of stuff. During band is usually not me practicing as much as me playing for the band, which is usually not that difficult music, so it’s not really challenging. So whatever practice I have by myself is usually, I get more out of that than actually playing in the band.”

What would you like to do with your life?

“My dad is a radiologic technologist, and I’m thinking of looking into of looking into radiology, being a radiologist, something along those lines I thought would be pretty cool to study.”

Do you believe you will continue playing music?

“Yes, I will continue playing music. I’m probably not going to end up majoring in it, but I think it’s definitely always going to be a part of my life, wherever I go.”

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