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)

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Young Artists Spotlight
6:43 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Young Artists Spotlight 2014: Hannah & Megan Tran

Sisters Hannah and Megan Tran played the Chinese zither on Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

Sisters Hannah and Megan Tran returned to Valley Public Radio for another performance on Young Artists Spotlight. The two Bakersfield students brought their Chinese zithers with them for an in-studio concert of traditional music and a clever arrangement of Michael Jackson's "Beat It."

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Young Artists Spotlight
2:54 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Young Artists Spotlight: Bakersfield Youth Symphony String Quartet

The Bakersfield Youth Symphony String Quartet performs in-studio at Valley Public Radio
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

The 2014 season of Young Artists Spotlight begins with a performance by four talented teens from Bakersfield, Henry Song, Liang (Vicky) Zhao, Sharon Hong and Sebastian Lee. Together they are the Bakersfield Youth Symphony String Quartet. They performed the following:

Bach: 1st movement from the Third Brandenburg Concerto
Mozart: Rondo
Folk song medley: Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) and Arkansas Traveller (arranged by George Frederick McKay)  
Mozart: 1st movement from Eine kleine nachtmusik

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:56 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Constantine Pappas and Maelyn De Fede

Soprano Maelyn De Fede and baritone Constantine Pappas
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

We bring the 2013 season of Young Artists Spotlight to a close this week with a performance by the winners of the Fresno Musical Club's Young Singer Awards. Baritone Constantine Pappas and soprano Maelyn De Fede join us to perform live in-studio on this special edition of Young Artists Spotlight.

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Young Artists Spotlight
9:58 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Harpists Erin Kim & Madeline Olson

Harpist Erin Kim performs on Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight, we feature performances by local harp students Erin Kim and Madeline Olson. 

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Young Artists Spotlight
12:31 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Youth Orchestras of Fresno Musicians

Erin Scofield performs on Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we feature three different ensembles drawn from members of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. Violinist Erin Scofield opens the program with a performance of Maurice Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Piano, accompanied by Hatem Nadim, piano. Following that, we hear a performance of Cambini's Wind Quintet No.2 in D minor by the Gigabyte Woodwind Quintet, featuring Andrew Young - horn, Henry Wolf - flute, Noelle Tutunjian- clarinet, Alana Stevenson - oboe, and Issac Ebury - bassoon.

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:11 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Lindsay Guitars 2013

Lindsay Guitars
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we welcome 19 young guitarist from Lindsay High School to the Bonner Performing Arts Studio. Director Nancy Wills brings her students to FM89 every year for this broadcast, which is always a treat for all those involved.

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:07 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Brian Liu, Kara McCoy and Anna McCoy

Cellist Anna McCoy performs on FM89's Young Artist Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Public Radio's Young Artists Spotlight, we hear live performances from three talented musicians from Bakersfield. Sisters Kara McCoy, violin and Anna McCoy, cello are joined by pianist Brian Liu, who also performs several selections for solo piano.

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Young Artists Spotlight
11:38 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Youth Orchestras of Fresno & CSUF Soloists

Rebecca Plevin Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we feature performances by members of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno and from students at Fresno State. YOOF soloists include  Andrea Bogle, viola; Emilea Okayasu, violin; and Benjamin Pegram, violin. Fresno State soloists include Esther Verrinder, violin and Aimee Dockum, cello.

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:08 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: LeCheng Tong and Michael Ko

Clarinetist Michael Ko performs on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight, we feature two more talented young musicians from Kern County: clarinetist Michael Ko and violinist LeCheng Tong. The two joined pianist Patrick Bender and FM89 host George Mason for this week's broadcast. 

Production support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from the Bonner Family Foundation, Dr. Alice Martinson and Carole Sturgis.

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:04 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: FPU String Quartet & Vocalists

The Fresno Pacific University String Quartet performs on Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

On this edition of Valley Public Radio's Young Artists Spotlight, we feature performances from the Fresno Pacific University String Quartet, (Allison Ens, Valerie DeFehr, Blong Vang and Maxton Viera) and three Fresno Pacific vocalists, Michael Villarreal, Angelica Evangelista, and ​Chianti Wilson. 

Young Artists Spotlight
3:06 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Fresno Pacific Young Composers

Vocalist Joslyn Sarshad and pianist and composer Joseph Joseph del Giorgio perform on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

On this edition of FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we feature performances by young composers with ties to Fresno Pacific University, Joseph del Giorgio and Luffy Bailey. Both del Giorgio and Bailey attended Fresno Pacific as undergraduates. Bailey is now working on a masters degree at Fresno State, and del Giorgio is doing the same at Cal State Fullerton. Joining del Giorgio for his performance on Young Artists Spotlight is fellow Cal State Fullerton vocalist, soprano Joslyn Sarshad.

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:02 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers

Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers perform at Valley Public Radio
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

On this edition of Young Artists Spotlight, the Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers visited the Bonner Performing Arts Studio for a live in-studio performance. Listen to this talented group of south valley students showcase their love of music in this special broadcast. The choir is directed by Christopher Borges. 

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:08 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Hannah & Meghan Tran

Sisters Hannah and Meghan Tran played the Chinese zither on Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

Bakersfield sisters Hannah Tran (14 years old)  and Meghan (12 years old) brought their Chinese zither artistry to the Bonner Performing Arts Studio on Wednesday February 13 for a live broadcast of FM89's Young Artists Spotlight. Hear about this traditional Chinese instrument and enjoy the sounds of the Tran sisters on this broadcast from our 2013 Y.A.S. season.

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:15 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Violinist Samuel Lang

Bakersfield violinist Samuel Lang performs live in-studio at Valley Public Radio
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

Bakersfield violinist Samuel Lang kicked off the 2013 season of Valley Public Radio's program Young Artists Spotlight with a moving performance of The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto by Chinese composers Chen Gang and He Zhanhao.


Production support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from Dr. Alice Martinson and Carole Sturgis.

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