Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a program from our archives featuring local author Jim Ashford reading his story "Ridge Runner."

Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature performances by three students of local harp instructor Laura Porter. We will hear Aria Delgado, (Sanger Academy); Carter Williams (Fort Washington); Kimberly Klassen,(Kingsburg High) perform in the final Young Artists Spotlight program broadcast from the Bonner Performing Arts Studio.

 

Mai Der Vang

Last week Fresno Hmong-American Poet Mai Der Vang was awarded one of the nation's most prestigious book awards. The Academy of American Poets selected Vang, 34, as this years recipient of the Walt Whitman Award. Each year the honor goes to an emerging writer to make possible the publication of their first book.

In an interview with FM89, Vang says she was shocked by the news.

VANG: “I was just thrilled. I actually asked if they could double check to make sure it was me.”

COURTESY OF ANDRE YANG

A Fresno poet has won one of the nation’s most sought-after book awards. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports.

The Academy of American Poets has selected thirty-four year old Hmong-American Mai Der Vang as the winner of this year’s prestigious Walt Whitman Award. Each year the honor goes to an emerging writer to make possible the publication of their first book.

Vang says she was shocked by the news.

Courtesy of Good Company Players

It's always an exciting time for theatre in the San Joaquin Valley, but there's recently been some developments on that front in terms of new productions. Fresno Bee arts reporter and theatre critic Donald Munro joined Valley Edition Tuesday March 22 to discuss upcoming shows including a Broadway production coming to Fresno. 

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Young Artists Spotlight: Phillip Teng

Mar 16, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature University High School (Fresno) student Phillip Teng. A student of piano instructor Carol Oaks. A gifted pianist Phillip says he hopes to pursue a career in bio-medicine. During his live performance on FM89, he played music by Bach, Chopin and Muczynski. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Most valley residents didn’t know the name Bill Patnaude. But it’s likely that many if not most, have experienced his work. From the shimmering stainless steel of Fresno’s City Hall to the massive concrete forms of the Fresno State Madden Library and the university's student union, his works stand out as iconic buildings on the valley landscape. His legacy is in the minds of many who knew him, as he passed away last Friday at the age of 78.

Bakersfield Soloists on Young Artists Spotlight

Mar 2, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week we feature three soloists from the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing live in the Bonner Performing Arts Studio. This week features harpist Dana Peck performing a piece by Handel; Garces High senior Johann Palo performing a piece by Stravinsky for solo clarinet; and Stockdale High freshman pianist Isaac Kim performing works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

 Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature two piano soloists from Bakersfield's Warren Junior High School, Anjolie Doan and Anna Jian. Both are students of piano instructor Bonnie Bogle Farrer.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we feature the guitars of Central High School. This talented group of mostly 10th graders is led by instruction Brian Garcia. The students brought us their interpretations of classical and flamenco pieces. Garcia writes the following about his group, which is now in its third year:

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