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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. 

2016/2017 Broadcast Schedule*

“New Era Begins”
Broadcast date: Tuesday Oct 24th 2017 – 8:00 PM
Guest artist: Natasha Paremski, piano
Program:
Aaron Jay Kernis  New Era Dance
Grieg  Piano Concerto in A minor
Debussy  Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Respighi  Pines of Rome

“Homage”
Broadcast Date: Tuesday Nov 21st 2017 - 8:00 PM
Guest artist: Orion Weiss, piano
Program:
Barber  Adagio for strings
Bartok  Piano Concerto No. 3
Beethoven  Symphony No. 5

“Tchaikovsky Fourth”
Broadcast date: Tuesday February 6, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Guest artist: Awadagin Pratt, piano
Program:
Kenneth Froelich  Spinning Yarns
Beethoven  Piano Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky  Symphony No. 4

“Bernstein at 100”
Broadcast Date: Tuesday March 6th, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Guest artist: Jennifer Koh, violin
Program:
John Adams  Short Ride on a Fast Machine
Bernstein  Serenade for Violin and Orchestra
Copland  Symphony No. 3

“The Virtuoso Orchestra”
Broadcast Date: Tuesday March 27th, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Guest artist: Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, violin
Program:
Haydn  Symphony No. 83
Vaughan-Williams  The Lark Ascending 
Foss  Three American Pieces
Ginastera  Variaciones concertantes

“Of Heaven and Earth”
Broadcast Date: Tuesday April 24th, 2018
Guest artists: Jessica Rivera, soprano; Fresno Master Chorale -Anna Hamre, director
Program:
Jennifer Higdon  blue cathedral
Poulenc  Gloria
Tan Dun  Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds
Debussy  La Mer

*Schedule and content subject to change

Todd Rosenberg / Courtesy The Fresno Philharmonic

Valley Public Radio is pleased to announce that the station will broadcast recorded performances of the Fresno Philharmonic's 2017-2018 Masterworks Concert Series. This season is the first under new Music Director Rei Hotoda, and includes performances from soloists including Awadagin Pratt, Orion Weiss and Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio. The concerts will air on FM89 on the second Tuesday at 8:00 PM following the concert performance. This broadcast schedule is subject to change.

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The Fresno's Philharmonic's Pops Concert Series continues this weekend with a concert at the Saroyan Theatre in Fresno celebrating the music of Louis Armstrong "It's A Wonderful World." The orchestra will perform with trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling and conductor Chelsea Tipton II, who joined us at Valley Public Radio for a talk about the concert. 

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The Fresno Philharmonic welcomes its fifth candidate for the vacant position of music director and conductor to the community this week with Rei Hotoda, who leads the orchestra in a concert Sunday at the Saroyan Theatre featuring Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and a contemporary piece by Pulitzer-prize winning Chinese-American composer Zhou Long. Rei Hotoda is currently the Associate Conductor Utah Symphony. She has a doctorate in piano performance from USC and also studied at both Peabody and Eastman.

This weekend, the Fresno Philharmonic continues its Masterworks Concert series with a performance featuring the music of Aaron Copland and George Gershwin. It’s also something of a job interview, as guest conductor Aram Demirjian is one of the six finalists for the position of music director and conductor of the orchestra. He is currently the conductor and music director of the Knoxville Symphony and was the Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony. He joined us to talk about his career, the concert, and his Armenian heritage. 

This weekend Fresno audiences will get a chance to see and hear another of the six candidates hoping to become the next music director and conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic. On Sunday guest conductor Daniel Meyer leads the orchestra in concert at the Saroyan Theatre. A native of Cleveland, Meyer currently leads orchestras in Asheville, NC and Erie, PA.

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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." 

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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

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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. 

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