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 on Young Artists Spotlight we hear performances from two talented musicians from Bakersfield's Stockdale High - junior Alice Lee and sophomore Liang (Vicky) Zhao. Both are members of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra and the each play multiple instruments.

Alice plays piano, flute and piccolo but her emphasis is violin, which she has been playing for six years. She even has two students of her own now. And Alice is Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra soloist for the 2014-15 season. She plans to major in music, all the way to a PhD professorship.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

We begin the 2015 season of Young Artists Spotlight with a performance from a number of talented young musicians, including a flute quartet, two harpists and a violinist. 

Youth Orchestras of Fresno Flute Quartet:
Mai Schweizer; Lillian O'Day, Beth Wilson and Jamie Hellwig

Harp soloists:
Aria Delgado
Carter Williams

Violin soloist:
Benjamin Pegram

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we hear performances from two of the Fresno Musical Club's 2014 scholarship winners. Violinist William Chen is the 1st place winner of the 2014 Hildred Minich Scholarship for young string players.  

William attends University High School, has served for three years as concert master for the Youth Orchestra of Fresno, and studies privately  with Thi Nguyen.   He performs selections from Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D, and is accompanied by pianist Matthew Dean.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we continue our series of soloists from the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. This week we hear performances by three exceptionally talented musicians from YOOF:

Joanne Chen, violin performs Max Bruch's Concerto in G minor, first and second movements

Henry Woolf, flute performs Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto Pastoral, first mvt

Aaron Grisez, marimba performs Paul Lansky's Hop(3)

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we bring you the sounds of a trio of talented performers from Fresno Pacific University and hear a trio of flute, violin and cello. The group features Summer Collison flute; Maxton Vieira, violin and Allison Ens, cello. All three are students of FPU professor Dieter Wulforhost. 

Trio No. 2 in G major, op. 19, no. 2    by François Devienne       (1759-1803) 

Allegro,  Rondo. Allegretto

Serenade in D Major, op. 25 (1802)  by  Ludwig van Beethoven  (1770-1827)

Entrata. Allegro

  This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we hear the President's Quintet of California State University Fresno. This scholarship woodwind ensemble is funded through the office of the university's President Joseph Castro and performs at many official campus events. The student members also receive additional support from the Fresno State Associated Students Inc. for tours, supplies and commissions. The group was founded in 1978, and is directed by Fresno State flute professor Dr. Teresa Beaman. In previous years, the ensemble has toured Europe, Asia and California.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we hear the music of the Fresno City College Guitar Quartet, featuring students from the FCC Advanced Guitar class. The ensemble is directed by Dr. Kevin Cooper and performs music by Albeniz, Penella, Praetorius and others. 

Fresno City College Guitar Quartet:
Andrew Gomez-Ramirez
Roger Hallaway
Brandon Mendez
Micah Byers
Dr. Kevin Cooper, director

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The 23-year-old pianist Michael Delfin is no stranger to FM89 listeners. He has twice before performed on Young Artists Spotlight, and this week he returns to our studio to share his music with local listeners. Now a resident of Baltimore, Michael is on the faculty of the Baltimore School of Music. He also is a double major at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University, studying both music (at the Peabody Conservatory) and history. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we continue our series of performances from members of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. This time, we feature five young string musicians from ages nine through eleven. Hear these talented pre-teens: Emilea Okayasu, Benjamin Pegram, and Hope Yuan, violin, and Olivia Lin and Luke Zhao, cello.

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we feature three ensembles from the Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF), including five trombones, three flutes, a cello and violin. FM89's George Mason hosts this special program featuring some of the Central Valley's finest young musicians.

YOOF Trombone Choir:

Featuring Madeleine Guekguezian, Kabir Khera, Michael Neufeld, Larry Shin, and Ethan Santos performing  "Song for Japan" by Steven Verhelst

YOOF Flute Trio: