Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Freedmen's Bureau Project

Black History Month can be a hands on experience this year, thanks to an effort called the Freedmen's Bureau Project. It's a campaign to digitize and archive millions of records generated 150 years ago by the government agency tasked with helping former slaves begin their lives as free citizens. The group is seeking the help of volunteers to help clear through a backlog of documents so they can reach a goal to complete the project by June 19th, historically known as Juneteenth Day.

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.

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Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature the talented students of Tulare County. All of the soloists on today's program come to us from the Tulare County Youth Symphony. We hear flute, piano, cello and violin soloists, as well as a flute duo on this broadcast. 

Today's performers:

Anindita Rajasekaran - flute solo

Kiley Greenwood - cello solo

Lana Bidi - piano solo

Ginelle Sunio - violin solo

Ashley Linder & Michaela Almberg - flute duo

Young Artists Spotlight: Keegan Bamford & Emma Hill

Feb 3, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

To begin the 2016 edition of Young Artists Spotlight, we celebrate the majesty of the cello with two talented young musicians. Both Keegan Bamford and Emma Hill are students of Fresno State professor Dr. Thomas Lowenheim and are members of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. Keegan attends Fresno's University High School, while Emma is studying at Clovis West. They both perform on FM89 with pianist Hatem Nadim.

Support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from the Bonner Family Foundation, Dr. Alice Martinson and Carole Sturgis. 

Dario Acosta

Pianist Yefim Bronfman is one of the world's premier interpeters of the music of the Russian composer Sergi Prokofiev. The acclaimed Soviet-born pianist is currently on a world tour dedicated the composers sonatas for solo piano, which has taken him from Carnegie Hall to Fresno. He performs four of the sonatas on Friday January 22 at Fresno State as part of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series. Bronfman joined us to talk about his career and the sonatas on Clearly Classical. 

The 2016 season of Valley Writers Read features highlights from past broadcast years. Enjoy local authors reading original works of fiction and non-fiction every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.

January 6, 2016  James Benelli  “Carrier Approach” The story is about Lieutenant Amy Adams, just about ready to complete her final aviator exam by landing her plane on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.  A mid-air collision complicates matters.

Scott Lange and Nick Foster /

Imagine for a moment hiking the majestic John Muir trail in the High Sierra from Yosemite to Mount Whitney. Now imagine doing it in the middle of the night, with a load of sophisticated cameras, tripods and telescopes. That’s just what Scott Lange and Nick Foster did last summer, all in an effort to produce breathtaking long-exposure nighttime images of heavens and the landscape. 

Diana Aguilera / Valley Public Radio

Today marks the kickoff of “A Day With HIV” photo exhibit at the Fresno Art Museum. FM89’s Diana Aguilera visits the display.

The gallery shows 19 posters of people from around the nation that are living with HIV. It’s a snapshot of their lives and it's part of a campaign hoping to reduce the stigma related to HIV and AIDS.

Jena Adams with the Fresno County Department of Public Health helped organize this event.

Fresno Filmworks

The historic Tower Theatre will come alive with films from across the globe as the 2015 Fresno Film Festival opens November 13. The festival put together by Fresno Filmworks will feature eight programs with 21 short and feature-length movies from 21 different countries. There will also be special filmmaker appearances, Q&A panels and more.

Fresno Art Museum

 The Fresno Art Museum is known for featuring works by top artists, live events and more. But this Saturday you can add “recycling” to that list. It’s the 2015 edition of the high powered fashion show known for turning one person’s trash into another person’s haute coture. It’s called Trashique and the museum's Executive Director Michelle Ellis Pracy joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the event.