Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Host and author Franz Weinschenk reads his story entitled “Home Room” which is about the lives of the author's former students at Edison High School in Fresno, Catherine Haw Chin. She worked for the Fresno County Courts for well over 40 years. 

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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.

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by Shaver Lake writer Howard Hendrix titled  “Last Memory of Oblivion.” In this science fiction story, a couple of super computer geniuses, Paul and Nene, have been hired by a giant company to stop all “God spam.”  Religious leaders protest vigorously, but that doesn't stop them.

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story from local author Bonnie Hearn Hill. In her story "Part Light, Part Memory", we learn about some former slave holders in Texas at the end of the Civil War who still consider it a crime for a white person to teach black people how to read and write.

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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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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. 

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear works by two San Joaquin Valley writers.  In our first story, "Called",  Bakersfield author Jack Hernandez tells us how he originally wanted to become a minister, and about the interesting path that he eventually followed. In our second story, Fresno author Oscar G. Williams tells us about Fred and Mildred, two computer wizards who have figured out how to scam the scammers.

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Visalia author Janet Nichols Lynch reads her story "Tone", about a classical concert pianist who becomes extremely nervous before performances.

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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.

Mark Harrison

Pianist Barry Douglas has been an star of the international classical music world since 1986, when he won the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.

In addition to a busy touring schedule, Douglas also serves as artistic director of Camerata Ireland, a group which brings together musicians from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to celebrate Irish culture.