Fresno Philharmonic

Tuesdays at 8:00 PM, 2nd Tuesday after Masterworks concerts

Hear recorded broadcast performances of the Fresno Philharmonic from the stage of the William Saroyan Theatre and the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall. The broadcasts typically air on the second Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. following the orchestra's Masterworks concerts and are hosted by FM89's David Aus. The station also regularly features interviews with Philharmonic guest artists and guest conductors in the 2016/2017 season.

2016/2017 Broadcast Schedule*

Tuesday October 11th, 2016 8pm – “Mozart & Sibelius” 
Featuring Sameer Patel, conductor; Gabriela Martinez, piano 
Music: Leshnoff:  Starburst; Mozart:  Piano Concerto No. 20; Sibelius  Symphony No. 2

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 8pm – “Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony”
Featuring Daniel Meyer, conductor; Amit Peled, cello
Music: Beethoven: Egmont Overture; Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1; Saint-Saëns:  Symphony No. 3 (organ)

Tuesday Jan 31, 2017 8pm – “Symphonie Fantastique”
Featuring Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor; Philippe Quint, violin
Music: Bates:  Mothership; Mozart:  Violin Concerto No. 5; Berlioz:  Symphonie fantastique

Tuesday February 28, 2017 8pm – “Gershwin and Copland”
Featuring: Aram Demirjian, conductor; Anthony McGill, clarinet
Music: Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni; Gershwin: "Bess, You is My Woman Now" from Porgy and Bess; Copland: Clarinet Concerto; Dvorák:  Symphony No. 8

Tuesday March 28, 2017 8pm – “Tchaikovsky Fifth”
Featuring: Rei Hotoda, conductor; Shai Wosner, piano
Music: Zhou long: The Rhyme of Taigu”; Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"; Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 5

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 8pm – “Stravinsky Firebird” 
Featuring: José-Luis Novo, conductor; Chee-Yun, violin
Music: Mozart  Overture to the Magic Flute; Dvorák  Violin Concerto; Ravel  La Valse; Stravinsky  Firebird

*Schedule and content subject to change

Sameer Patel

Sameer Patel is the first of six candidates hoping to become the next conductor and musical director of the Fresno Philharmonic. The current Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, Patel brings a youthful passion to his work, and numerous honors, including the Solti Foundation’s U.S. 2016 Career Assistance Award. His artistry will be on display at the Saroyan Theater this weekend as the leads the orchestra in a concert featuring works by Mozart, Sibelius and Jonathan Leshnoff.

Fresno Philharmonic

Over its history the Fresno Philharmonic has had only seven musical directors. Now the search is on to find the eighth. Over the next few months six candidates will visit the San Joaquin Valley to conduct interviews, masterclasses, and of course, perform with the orchestra at the William Saroyan Theatre. The Philharmonic's Executive Director Stephen Wilson joined us to talk about the candidates and the upcoming season. 

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.

Publicity photo courtesy Belen Alonso Management

Violinist Francesca Dego is known worldwide as one of the premier interpreters of the music of Niccolò Paganini. This weekend the Italian native will perform Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Fresno Philharmonic, in a concert billed as "Bella Italia." She joined us at Valley Public Radio to talk about her career, Paganini, and her latest recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, the complete violin sonatas of Beethoven.

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

Valley Public Radio

This weekend the Fresno Philharmonic brings local audiences a truly unique concert – one that mixes sounds of "East and West," featuring pipa soloist Wu Man. The Chinese native will perform the Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra by Academy Award winning composer Tan Dun, who is best best known in the U.S. for his score for the film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The orchestra will also perform two symphonies by Beethoven.

Pianist Orion Weiss is one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation. His visits Fresno this weekend to perform with the Fresno Philharmonic for a concert titled "I Got Rhythm" which features music by Gershwin, Ravel and several Latin-American composers, including Marquez, Fernandez and Revueltas.  In our interview, we talk to Weiss about his career, working with his former teacher Emmanuel Ax, and about performing the music of Gershwin and Ravel.