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courtesy Benjamin Boone

A new project from Fresno-based jazz artist Benjamin Boone is getting national attention. It combines original compositions by the Fresno State professor and saxophonist, with the poetry of the late Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine. It also features some of the top names in the jazz world as guest stars including Branford Marsalis and Tom Harrell, as well as Valley Public Radio’s own David Aus. Levine was known for his love of jazz and recorded with Boone's band shortly before his death in 2015.

Fresno Philharmonic

This Sunday the Fresno Philharmonic will present a concert with two well known works from the classical repertoire and a new piece by a Fresno composer. Conductor Rei Hotoda recently joined us to talk about the performance which will include soloist Awadagin Pratt performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3. The January 27th performance will also feature Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, and Kenneth Froelich's Spinning Yarns. 

John McCutcheon

Veteran singer, songwriter and instrumentalist John McCutcheon has earned the right to be considered a titan in the field of folk music. But as he prepares to release his 39th album Ghost Light, and embarks on a west coast tour that includes a stop Thursday at Fresno's Unitarian Universalist Church, he still speaks reverently of those who came before him, like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. And much like those artists, his new songs speak of both American traditions and contemporary politics.

In 2011 the a cappella group Pentatonix won the third season of NBC's show "The Sing Off."  Avi Kaplan, a bass in the group, is from Visalia and recently decided that he will be leaving the group.

Publicity photo courtesy Belen Alonso Management

Violinist Francesca Dego is known worldwide as one of the premier interpreters of the music of Niccolò Paganini. This weekend the Italian native will perform Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Fresno Philharmonic, in a concert billed as "Bella Italia." She joined us at Valley Public Radio to talk about her career, Paganini, and her latest recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, the complete violin sonatas of Beethoven.

Paul Body / Opus 3 Artists

Pianist Garrik Ohlsson is one of the world's foremost interpreters of the music of Chopin. The San Francisco-based pianist is a also a familiar name for Central Valley audiences, as he's made numerous performances in the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series.

Vadim Gluzman is one of the world's premier violin soloists. Born in the former Soviet Union in the early 1970's, Gluzman career took off in Israel, where he met cellist Thomas Loewenheim, establishing a friendship that continues to this day.