David Aus

Host, Clearly Classical; Sunday Night Jazz

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, David Aus has lived in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Washington, DC and San Francisco, before arriving in Fresno in 2002. Prior to joining Valley Public Radio, he spent many years as an on-air host at KFSR. When not on the air, David is a busy jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator. 

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We close the 2017 season of FM89's Young Artist's Spotlight this week with a performance by Clovis High School violin soloist Paulo Carmelo. He performs two selections, works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Jules Massenet. 

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For years, saxophonist Donny McCaslin has been the quintessential jazz musician. A virtuoso improviser, he’s been a vital part of the New York jazz scene for two decades, equally at home in his own small groups or as a sideman with the Maria Schneider Orchestra. McCaslin, who grew up in Aptos, was also largely under the radar – at least outside of the tight-knit jazz community.

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Today on Young Artist's Spotlight we feature performances by two sisters from Bakersfield, Kesley and Anna Jian, both students of Bakersfield piano instructor Bonnie Bogle Farrer. Hear them play music by Bach, Rachmaninoff and Liszt.

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The Fresno Philharmonic welcomes its sixth candidate for the vacant position of music director and conductor to the community this week with José-Luis Novo. He'll lead the orchestra in a concert Sunday at the Saroyan Theatre featuring music of Mozart, Dvorak, Ravel and Stravinsky, with guest artist violinist Chee-Yun.

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On this week's Young Artist's Spotlight we feature string players from the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

For three decades the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra has brought together music students in the south valley to perform high-caliber professional-level symphonic music. BYSO is an affiliated group of the Bakersfield Symphony, operating under its board of directors with able assistance from manager Brent Williams, parents, Symphony coaches, and private teachers. Funding is provided by corporate and private contributions, player tuition, and ticket sales.

Today on Young Artist's Spotlight we feature a performance from four of the five members of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet. All four are new to the group this year. The group has played pre-concert music for the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and for the Community Concert Association concert which featured the Presidio Brass. The group's founder and coach is Steve O'Connor, trumpeter, who serves on the BYSO board and plays in many local organizations, including the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, the Bakersfield Municipal Band and the Bakersfield Winds.

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Today on Young Artist's Spotlight we feature the last of three programs showcasing soloists from the programs of Youth Orchestras of Fresno. Host David Aus is joined this week by the following:

Olivia Lin, cello; accompanied by Matthew Dean, piano - performing Edward Lalo's  Cello Concerto in D minor - 1st mvt

Shayne Baldwin, cello; accompanied by Matthew Dean, piano - performing Carl Davidoff's  "At the Fountain"

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we feature five violin soloists who are who are studying with instructor Limor Toren-Immerman. All are also members of Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF) and they represent all three of YOOF's orchestras, the Youth Chamber Orchestra (YCO), the Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO).

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This week on FM89's Young Artist's Spotlight we feature the students of the University High School Flute Choir. UHS Instrumental Music Director Randall Cornelison writes the following about the ensemble, which is directed by former UHS student, and current Fresno Pacific University student Frank Velasco:

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Today on Young Artists Spotlight we hear a performance from two classical guitar ensembles from Central Unified School District in Fresno, led by instructor Brian Garcia. He writes this about his students and the guitar program:

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On the 2017 season debut of FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we hear music from two students from Fresno's University High School, oboe soloist Layla Stefanacci and piano accompanist Mylan Biltz. Layla is a senior at UHS and was selected as a member of the National Honor Orchestra, Principal of the California State Honor Orchestra, Principal of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno and many other accolades as well.  She is currently applying to some of the top music schools in the country. Pianist Mylan Biltz is also a senior at UHS and has been playing piano for 14 years.