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Celebrating the OYAPs

This week's episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys salutes the OYAPs.

Just who were the OYAPs?

"Actually it was pianist Gary Graffman who popularized that term in his autobiography," explains The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, who is the creator, producer and host of Between the Keys "The OYAPs were an acronym for Outstanding Young American Pianists, specifically referring to pianists who came of age in the years immediately following World War II, including Graffman, who specifically cited his friends and colleagues Eugene Istomin, Leon Fleisher, Jacob Lateiner and Julius Katchen among the OYAPs' charter members."

You'll hear these artists over the course of the program, as well as from fellow OYAPs Charles Rosen, Leonard Pennario, Seymour Lipkin, Grant Johannesen, Raymond Lewenthal and Byron Janis.

Tune in to Between the Keys exclusively on The Classical Network and, this Tuesday night at 10, with the rebroadcast Wednesday at noon. Have a happy and safe 4th!

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Jed Distler is Artist-in-Residence for The Classical Network and program host of Between the Keys, Tuesdays at 10 pm.