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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. 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

The New York Times called Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez “compelling, elegant, and incisive." She performs this weekend with the Fresno Philharmonic, in a concert titled Russian Romantics. She will be the featured soloist performing Rachmaninoff’s  Piano Concerto No. 2. She recently joined us to talk about her career, her upcoming performance and more.

Matt Stuart

As violinist Elena Urioste tells it, when she was just two years old, she knew she wanted to be a violinist, after seeing Itzhak Perlman perform on a broadcast of Sesame Street. Now as a star artist in her own right, she travels the world sharing her musical gift with thousands, including here in Central California. 

Guest conductor and clarinetist Carl Topilow joins us in-studio to talk about Saturday's "Home for the Holidays" concert with the Fresno Philharmonic. Local theater icon Dan Pessano also joins the conversation as he will perform a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" with the orchestra. 

Two years ago, then 16 year-old violinist Chad Hoopes made his debut with the Fresno Philharmonic and Maestro Theodore Kuchar. Now a senior in high school, the Ohio native returns to the Central Valley to perform with the Fresno Philharmonic this weekend, performing Lalo's Symphonie espagnole.

In our interview, we talk to Chad about his development as an artist over the past two years, Lalo's famous work, his Stradivarius violin, and his upcoming plans after he graduates from high school. 

Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor has received international acclaim performing with the world’s premier orchestras and conductors, premiering exciting new works, and breathing new life into familiar favorites.