Artist Interviews

Featured interviews and performances from top artists, direct from FM89's Bonner Performing Arts Studio.

Armenian-born classical pianist Sofya Melikyan has performed at Carnegie Hall and other prestigious halls across the globe. Now she brings her artistry to Fresno for a concert Friday October 14, 2016 that includes music by Franz Liszt and Granados, as well as Babadjanian and Liebermann.

Fresno Philharmonic

Maestro Theodore Kuchar is set to conduct his final Masterworks Concert for the Fresno Philharmonic this weekend, after 15 years as the orchestra's musical director. We spoke with him and mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor about this weekend's concert of works by Dvorak, Prokofiev, and Kalinnikov.

Dario Acosta

Pianist Yefim Bronfman is one of the world's premier interpeters of the music of the Russian composer Sergi Prokofiev. The acclaimed Soviet-born pianist is currently on a world tour dedicated the composers sonatas for solo piano, which has taken him from Carnegie Hall to Fresno. He performs four of the sonatas on Friday January 22 at Fresno State as part of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series. Bronfman joined us to talk about his career and the sonatas on Clearly Classical. 

The Fresno Philharmonic presents a concert dedicated to the music of composer Johannes Brahms this weekend, and Maestro Theodore Kuchar joined us Friday to talk about the composer and guest artist Noah Bendix-Balgley. From the technical brilliance of his concerto for violin, to the grand scope of his Symphony No. 1 in C minor, to the popularity of his Hungarian Dances, Kuchar discusses the many reasons why Brahms remains a highpoint in the classical repertoire. 

This Saturday the Fresno Philharmonic will perform a special concert in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The centerpiece of the evening will be a world premier of a piece by composer Serouj Kradjian, "Cantata For the Living Martyrs." 

Antonio Pompa-Baldi

Pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi is in Fresno this weekend on an unusual mission: performing the complete cycle of Beethoven piano concertos over three concerts with the Fresno Philharmonic. The concerts will take the listener through Beethoven's musical evolution from his early works to the famous Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor."

This Sunday the sounds of Spain and Latin America will fill the William Saroyan Theatre in downtown Fresno as the Fresno Philharmonic presents a concert titled Bolero. Featuring music by composers like Astor Piazzolla (Tangazo), Joaquin Rodrigo (Concierto de Aranjuez), and Ravel (Bolero) it's a multi-continental tribute to the romance and rhythms of a fascinating culture. The concert features a performance by guitarist Charles Ramirez with Rodrigo's beloved ma

Paul Body / Opus 3 Artists

Pianist Garrik Ohlsson is one of the world's foremost interpreters of the music of Chopin. The San Francisco-based pianist is a also a familiar name for Central Valley audiences, as he's made numerous performances in the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series.

Vadim Gluzman is one of the world's premier violin soloists. Born in the former Soviet Union in the early 1970's, Gluzman career took off in Israel, where he met cellist Thomas Loewenheim, establishing a friendship that continues to this day.

Violinist Sarah Chang and conductor Theodore Kuchar have worked together for years, with performances in Central California with the Fresno Philharmonic, and around the world with other orchestras, most recently on a three week tour of South Africa in 2013. Chang, who is performing in Fresno this weekend  to celebrate the orchestra's 60th anniversary joined us in the studio with Maestro Kuchar to talk about her career and her relationship with the maestro.