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Young Artists Spotlight

Wednesdays at 3:00 PM

The San Joaquin Valley is home to some of the most talented young musicians you'll find anywhere. Young Artists Spotlight gives these musicians, ranging from junior high through college the opportunity to perform live on the radio, and share their passion for classical music with the FM89 audience. The live performances take place each Spring, direct from the new Barmann Chaney Studio. The programs can be heard Wednesdays at 3:00 PM in February, March and April. 

2017 marks a number of firsts for the program and the station. To begin, we welcome a new host for the program, FM89’s David Aus. A musician and educator himself, David will bring audiences new insights into the talented students who get to perform on the show.

Second, 2017 marks the first year that Young Artists Spotlight will originate from the new Barmann-Chaney Performance Studio at Valley Public Radio’s new broadcast center in Clovis. The new facility was designed from the ground up to host live music performances like Young Artists Spotlight with optimum acoustics and technical capacity. In prior years, some student groups were too large to perform with their whole ensemble and were forced to leave some students at home because our old performance studio was too small.

Likewise, less than optimum sound isolation in our old facility meant that all work in the rest of the station had to stop when Young Artists Spotlight was in session. Sometimes employees were forced to work and record content inside their cars during this time. Now with a proper studio with state of the art acoustic technology, we are able to be more efficient and deliver great sound quality to listeners.

Also new this year will be the addition of Facebook Live video streaming of student performances. This added dimension will allow users of the popular social network to watch the performances live as they happen. We hope you will join us for another season of excellent performances from talented students on Young Artists Spotlight.

Young Artists Spotlight 2017 Schedule

February 1                          Oboe Soloist Layla Stefanacci, University High School

February 8                          Central Unified Guitars (Fresno)

February 15                        Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers

February 22                       University High Flute Choir

March 1                               Youth Orchestras of Fresno soloists

March 8                               Lindsay Guitars – Nancy Wills

March 15                             Youth Orchestras of Fresno soloists

March 22                             Youth Orchestras of Fresno soloists

March 29                             Bakersfield Brass Quintet + French Horn soloist

April 5                                   Bakersfield Youth Symphony string quartet + piano & violin soloists

April 12                                 Bakersfield piano soloist Kelsey Jian, with Anna Jian

April 19                                 Tulare Youth Symphony Soloists

April 26                                 Fresno Musical Club soloists

Valley Public Radio

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. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Today on Young Artist's Spotlight we feature a number of soloists and ensembles from the Tulare County Youth Orchestras.

KVPR

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.

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

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.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

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).

Young Artist's Spotlight: Lindsay Guitars 2017

Mar 10, 2017
Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we feature more music for guitar ensemble, this time with the Lindsay Guitars of Lindsay High School from Tulare County. These talented students have been repeat guests on Young Artists Spotlight, and this year, they performing everything from Hollywood film themes to guitar classics. 

Today on Young Artists Spotlight, we hear talented young string players from the orchestra. First, Benjamin Pegram and Joshua Hahm perform two movements each from J.S. Bach's Partita No. 2 for solo violin. Those performances are followed by a string quintet, which performs Franz Schbuert's String Quintet in C major.

Benjamin Pegram 

Bach's Partita No. 2 for Violin Solo in D minor, BWV 1004
Allemande
Courante

Joshua Hahm

Bach Partita no. 2 for Violin Solo in D minor, BWV 1004
Sarabande 
Gigue

Valley Public Radio

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:

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we feature a performance by the Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers. Director Christopher Borges leads the group in performances of material ranging from the medieval choral music to contemporary pop songs. 

Selections:

Dixit Maria, by Hans Leo Hassler (1562-1612)

A un giro sol, by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Sweet Day, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Estrela e lua nova (arr. Heitor Villa-Lobos)

White Winter Hymnal (pop song)

Just the Way You Are (girls’ group Valentine gram)

David Aus

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:

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

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.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

While the official broadcast season of Young Artists Spotlight doesn't begin until February 1st, this week FM89 listeners got a preview of what's to come, with a special performance by the University High School Chamber Choir. The group of 34 talented Fresno-area students joined us, along with conductor Greg Lapp to celebrate the start of FM89's January Membership Campaign. This performance marked two important firsts for the station.

Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature performances by three students of local harp instructor Laura Porter. We will hear Aria Delgado, (Sanger Academy); Carter Williams (Fort Washington); Kimberly Klassen,(Kingsburg High) perform in the final Young Artists Spotlight program broadcast from the Bonner Performing Arts Studio.

 

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