Arts & Culture

Young Artists Spotlight
5:47 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Bakersfield Youth Symphony String Quartet on Young Artists Spotlight 2015

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

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Valley Writers Read
11:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

"Double Plots" by Judy Ryan on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story titled “Double Plot” by Judy Ryan. Listen for a moving story about love and loss over the decades. 

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Valley Writers Read
10:46 am
Thu February 19, 2015

"The Intersection" by Steve Yarbrough on Valley Writers Read

Steve Yarbrough

This week on Valley Writers Read, acclaimed novelist and former Fresno State professor Steve Yarbrough reads his story "The Intersection."

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Young Artists Spotlight
7:17 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

YOOF Soloists Bring Oboe, Horn Marimba & Violin To Young Artists Spotlight 2015

Violinist Emily Okayasu on Young Artists Spotlight
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.

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12:26 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Philip Levine Remembered As Tough Teacher, Champion Of Everyday Workers

2011 U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine died Saturday at age 87.
Credit Fresno State News

U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine died on Saturday at his home in Fresno. He was age 87. The former Fresno State professor was known as the poet of the working class, and drew inspiration from his time working in the auto industry in his native Detroit and from the San Joaquin Valley, which he called home for nearly 60 years.

Levine took pride in bringing stories of physical labor in America to the world of poetry. Poet Peter Everwine was a close friend and colleague.

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Valley Writers Read
4:00 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

"The Apprentice Farmhand" by Hank Palmer on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear local author Hank Palmer read an autobiographical account of life growing up on a large Iowa farm.  Palmer's story documents how he gained an appreciation for the natural world of sunrises, sunsets, rain and wind, growing farm products like wheat, corn and hay, and all about how to raise chickens, cattle, pigs, and horses.

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12:13 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

"McFarland, USA" Director Finds Inspiration In The San Joaquin Valley

Kevin Coster stars in the film "McFarland, USA" as McFarland High School cross country coach Jim White
Credit Disney

It’s just 129 miles from the star-lined sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard to the dusty streets of McFarland, in rural Kern County. On the surface it might be hard to think of two parts of the state that could possibly be more different. But a major new motion picture featuring one of Hollywood's biggest stars has brought the two places together in an unlikely way. 

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Valley Writers Read
6:17 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

"Apology" by Valerie Schultz on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we here a moving story by Kern County author Valerie Schultz titled "Apology." Hear the author read this story about love and loss.

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Valley Writers Read
5:01 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

"The Drive" by Kevin H. Shah on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers read, we hear "The Drive" - a story by local author Kevin H. Shah, about a family vacation that doesn't go as planned. 

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Artist Interviews
3:51 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Artist Interview: Charles Ramirez and Jose-Luis Novo

Guitarist Charles Ramirez will perform Sunday afternoon with the Fresno Philharmonic

This Sunday the sounds of Spain and Latin America will fill the William Saroyan Theatre in downtown Fresno as the Fresno Philharmonic presents a concert titled Bolero. Featuring music by composers like Astor Piazzolla (Tangazo), Joaquin Rodrigo (Concierto de Aranjuez), and Ravel (Bolero) it's a multi-continental tribute to the romance and rhythms of a fascinating culture. The concert features a performance by guitarist Charles Ramirez with Rodrigo's beloved ma

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Valley Writers Read
3:19 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

"Down Old 99" By Marilyn Larson On Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story about relationships by local author Marilyn Larson "Down Old 99." 

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Valley Writers Read
6:34 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

"Purgatory" by Liza Weiland on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Liza Weiland titled “Purgatory.” In it we hear about the challenges one woman faces in her life and a big decision that confronts her. 

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Valley Writers Read
9:41 am
Wed January 7, 2015

"Baxter's Latest Gig" by Bob Hudgens on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a short story by local author Bob Hudgens, about a loveable Labrador Retriever named Baxter, and the role he played in the lives of generations of people. The story is read by the author and Suzanne Watkins. 

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Arts & Culture
6:12 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Kuchar To Step Down As Conductor Of Fresno Philharmonic in 2016

Theodore Kuchar, conductor and music director of the Fresno Philharmonic. (file photo)
Credit Fresno Philharmonic

The Fresno Philharmonic will soon be looking for a new conductor and musical director. Theodore Kuchar, who has led the orchestra for the past 13 seasons announced on Thursday that he plans to step down following the conclusion of the 2015-2016 season. 

In a written statement Kuchar praised the orchestra's performances:

Kuchar: "I have no reservation in saying that the Fresno Philharmonic and I have often delivered performances that are not typical of a regional American orchestra but those of a standard to be expected in a major musical capitol."

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Arts & Culture
11:38 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Fresno Native To Donate $500 Million In Art To LA Museum

Jerrold “Jerry” Perenchio was awarded an honorary doctorate by California State University Fresno in 2011.
Credit California State University

The LA County Museum of Art has announced an estimated $500 million gift from Fresno native Jerry Perenchio. Born in Fresno in 1931, Perenchio is the former owner of the Spanish-language broadcast network Univision. Among the works in Perenchio's bequest are pieces by Degas, Monet, and Picasso.

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Arts & Culture
1:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Valley Public Radio Presents #DroughtVoices For October ArtHop

Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio


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9:39 am
Tue September 16, 2014

New Documentary Highlights Contibutions Of Billy Mize To The Bakersfield Sound

"Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound" makes its Kern County debut on Thursday at the Crystal Palace
Credit William J Sanders

A new documentary film seeks to tell the story of one of the most influential figures in the development the Bakersfield Sound. But when the film makes its Bakersfield debut this Thursday night at the Crystal Palace, the star on the screen won’t be Buck Owens or Merle Haggard, it will be musician, songwriter and influential TV personality Billy Mize.

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Author Interviews
11:14 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Gerald Haslam Recalls Tragic Story Of Athlete Leon Patterson With New Book

Gerald Haslam's new book "Leon Patterson: A California Story"

Author Gerald Haslam is something of a literary renaissance man. A historian, novelist, essayist and biographer, he is one of California’s most respected writers, and has devoted much of his career to telling stories about life in the Central Valley. His writing is much like the region he comes from: direct, unpretentious, and often filled with surprising depth and color.

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Valley Writers Read
7:34 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Anne Marcella's "Miss Carmen" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, Anne Marcella reads “Miss Carmen.”  The story is about Carmen, an immigrant from Chile, who worked here in the Central Valley as a housekeeper for several wealthy society women .  But just because she's a servant, doesn't mean that she's servile.  Oh, no!  Just the opposite.  She falls in love with Manuel; but he has other ideas.

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Valley Writers Read
7:30 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

"Oh, Those Gutsy Geezers" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, Jacklin and Ed Hibler read “Oh, Those Gutsy Geezers.”  You'll hear a story  about a retired couple who, after working many years, thought they were ready to retire, but, because they unfortunately had lost all their money, had to start over again. They get many bizarre jobs working for eccentric bosses.

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