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 Bonner Performing Arts Studio. The programs can be heard Wednesdays at 3:00 PM from February through April.  Young Artists Spotlight is hosted by George Mason.

Support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from the Bonner Family Foundation; Dr. Alice Martinson and Carole Sturgis.

2015 Season 

February 4 – Youth Orchestras of Fresno soloists (Fresno County)
February 11 – Piano and violin soloists (Kern County)
February 18 – Youth Orchestras of Fresno soloists (Fresno County)
February 25 – Bakersfield Double Quartet (Kern County)
March 4 – Dana Peck, harp (Kern County)
March 11 – Soloists TBA (Tulare County)
March 18 – Kelsey Jian, piano (Kern County)
March 25 – Talon Smith, piano (Fresno County)
April 1 – Soloists TBA (Tulare County)
April 8 – Samuel Lang, violin (Kern County)
April 15 – Youth Orchestras of Fresno soloists (Fresno County)
April 22 – Fresno Musical Club Scholarship Winners (Fresno County)
April 29 - The Lindsay High School Guitars (Tulare County)

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week we close the 2015 season of Young Artists Spotlight with a performance from the Lindsay Guitars of Lindsay High School in Tulare County. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear performances by Sandro Lado and Tiffanie Trujillo, with their accompanist Dr. Alan Rea. Sandro and Tiffanie were two of the total 11 award winners in this year’s Fresno Musical Club competition. Sandro completed his Master’s degree in Violin Performance at Sacramento State University and has his eye on entrance into a doctoral program — Temple University as first choice. Tiffany graduated early from high school and is now a junior at California State University, Fresno, majoring in Vocal Performance and studying with Dr. Anthony Radford.

This week on FM89's  Young Artists Spotlight we hear more performances from groups associated with the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. As a saxophone quartet, Bach ensemble and trombone choir, Youth Orchestras of Fresno musicians this time included Juliet Fang, her brother Jesse Fang, Larry Zhao and his brother Luke Zhao, Camden Oltjenbruns, Logan Howell, Trevor Van de Velde, Josh Clarin, Ethan Santos, Kabir Khera, Michael Neufeld, Larry Shin and Conner Sanchez.

Samuel Lang on Young Artsits Spotlight 2015

Apr 8, 2015
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear a performance by Bakersfield violinist Samuel Lang. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight a performance from five talented soloists from Tulare County.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear a performance by Bakersfield pianist Kelsey Jian. Kelsey Kelsey Jian was born in Lawrence Kansas. She moved to California with her family when she was eleven years old. She has two sisters. Her older sister Stephanie, who is currently studying Optometry at Berkeley, is a phenomenal pianist. Her younger sister Anna is also a talented pianist. Kelsey started taking piano lessons at the age of five and was told that she had perfect pitch.

Visalia Soloists on Young Artists Spotlight - 2015

Mar 12, 2015

This edition of Young Artists Spotlight was pleased to feature musicians from Visalia. And it was mostly a family affair. The group for this live broadcast included 13-year-old twin brothers Trent Andrews, violin, and Marcus Andrews, French horn. Each was accompanied by Brian Johnson.

Then we had 12-year-old Logan Wells, trumpet, and his 10-year-old sister, Bethany Wells, two years into her French horn lessons. The siblings were accompanied by their proud mother, Carrie Wells.

George Mason / Valley Public Radio

Dana Peck, home-schooled in Bakersfield, began studying harp at age 11.  For two years she has been the principal (and only) harpist with the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra, which tours England and Scotland beginning March 26.  For the past three years, Dana has studied in the Fine Arts Summer Academy, which gave her the opportunity to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. She has played under conductors Kyunghun Kim and Jung Ho Park. And studying with a teacher in Southern California, Dana was able to strum the strings of Harpo Marx’s harp!

George Mason / Valley Public Radio

With members seemingly beyond their years in life experience, the Bakersfield Youth Symphony String Quartet graced the FM89 studios with individual stories to tell, in addition to the musicians’ performances of Bach, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and more.

Violinist Henry Song, a Stockdale H.S. senior and in his second visit to Young Artist Spotlight, came ready to tell us of his football prowess and his hopes for the future on a college gridiron. Hearing his violin mastery, one hopes he insures his fingers!

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

It was a full studio this time for Young Artists Spotlight, in the second of three Youth Orchestras of Fresno programs, which are being spread across the total 13 Wednesdays this season. So to the Bonner Studio came Emily, Lynette, Sebastian, McKenna, Amanda, and Peyton.

The rest of the young musicians looked on as 11-year-old violinist Emily Okayasu, who attends St. Anthony’s school, performed for her third year on Young Artists Spotlight.  It is not an exaggeration to say that jaws dropped and eyes lit up. And Emily’s accompanist was Matthew Dean.