Arts & Culture

Artist Interviews
8:56 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Pianist Barry Douglas Brings His Acclaimed Artistry to Fresno

Pianist Barry Douglas will perform in Fresno on Sunday February 24, 2013.
Credit 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. 

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:02 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers

Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers perform at Valley Public Radio
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

On this edition of Young Artists Spotlight, the Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers visited the Bonner Performing Arts Studio for a live in-studio performance. Listen to this talented group of south valley students showcase their love of music in this special broadcast. The choir is directed by Christopher Borges. 

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Valley Writers Read
11:48 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Deb Borofka's "With Me Still" and Janet Stevens' "Dust to Dust" on Valley Writers Read

We hear two stories from local authors on this week's edition of Valley Writers Read. In the first story, "With Me Still", the author Deb Borofka meets a woman from her home town in Oregon who brings back fond memories of her grandmother. In the second story, "Dust to Dust", author Janet Stevens takes a trip down memory lane by visiting the home of her ancestors in North Dakota.

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:08 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Hannah & Meghan Tran

Sisters Hannah and Meghan Tran played the Chinese zither on Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

Bakersfield sisters Hannah Tran (14 years old)  and Meghan (12 years old) brought their Chinese zither artistry to the Bonner Performing Arts Studio on Wednesday February 13 for a live broadcast of FM89's Young Artists Spotlight. Hear about this traditional Chinese instrument and enjoy the sounds of the Tran sisters on this broadcast from our 2013 Y.A.S. season.

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Valley Writers Read
2:47 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Gabriele Case's "The Long Way Home" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Gabriele Case reads her own story about a man named Raymond, a returning veteran from Afghanistan who faces his own challenges on the home front.

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Young Artists Spotlight
3:15 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Young Artists Spotlight: Violinist Samuel Lang

Bakersfield violinist Samuel Lang performs live in-studio at Valley Public Radio
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

Bakersfield violinist Samuel Lang kicked off the 2013 season of Valley Public Radio's program Young Artists Spotlight with a moving performance of The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto by Chinese composers Chen Gang and He Zhanhao.


Production support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from Dr. Alice Martinson and Carole Sturgis.

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Valley Writers Read
2:02 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Liza Wieland's "Tommy Waddel" on Valley Writers Read

Liza Wieland

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, former Fresno State teacher Liza Wieland reads her story, "Tommy Waddel", about a teenage girl who is attracted to a young boy. As the two of them become more enamored with each other, we learn how their relationship changes.

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Artist Interviews
12:54 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Violinist Elena Urioste Brings Beloved Beethoven to Fresno

Violinist Elena Urioste
Credit Matt Stuart

As violinist Elena Urioste tells it, when she was just two years old, she knew she wanted to be a violinist, after seeing Itzhak Perlman perform on a broadcast of Sesame Street. Now as a star artist in her own right, she travels the world sharing her musical gift with thousands, including here in Central California. 

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Valley Writers Read
12:47 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Evelyne Holingue's “Welcome Home” on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, Coarsegold author Evelyne Holingue reads her story titled "Welcome Home."  Living in the foothills presents many challenges, as Juliette and Natasha soon discover. Hear how a traffic accident takes a surprising turn for one foothill visitor. 

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Valley Writers Read
12:28 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

C. B. Mosher's "Sarampion", on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, C.B. Mosher reads his story, "Sarampion." Hear how a doctor in Mexico is faced with the possibility of a serious epidemic of measles.

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Valley Writers Read
2:46 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Jim Ashford's "Serengeti" on Valley Writers Read

Valley author Jim Ashford reads his story, "Serengeti", about a wealthy and alcohol-loving man who spends thousands of dollars going on safari in Africa to hunt and shoot wild animals so they can be displayed in a trophy room. 

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Valley Writers Read
12:46 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Hope Nisly's "Whack Her Good, Lord!" on Valley Writers Read

Reedley author Hope Nisly reads her own story,“Whack Her Good, Lord!" on this week's edition of Valey Writers Read. The story is about Ivanna, who in her youth comes down with an ear malignancy that the doctors can't cure.  We catch up with her in middle age.  At this juncture, we find her working in a restaurant where a religious group meets every week.  Somehow they find out about her hearing problem and try to help her by “laying on hands.” 

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Valley Writers Read
4:05 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Mark Arax's "Big Valley" on Valley Writers Read

Mark Arax

This week on Valley Writers Read, nationally recognized author and Fresno native Mark Arax reads his own story, "Big Valley." Arax describes much of our Central Valley -- its farms, cities, town, and neighborhoods. The story focuses primarily on agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley.   He even takes us down to the  popular agricultural fair in Tulare where they sell huge farm tractors for a quarter of a million dollars. 

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Arts & Culture
2:39 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

'California's Gold' Host Huell Howser Dead At 67

Huell Howser, in a promotional image from his California's Gold tv series.

Longtime California public television host Huell Howser has died at age 67. His assistant confirmed to NPR member station KPCC that Howser died on Sunday at his home.

The host of popular programs such as "California's Gold" and "California's Golden Parks" was known for his folksy, unpretentious style, while visiting historic and scenic sites across the state.

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Valley Writers Read
10:25 am
Thu December 20, 2012

"Salatha Wall-First Try on El Cap" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, author Jon Frank brings us a story about the adventures of mountain climbing in Yosemite Valley. 

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Valley Writers Read
11:55 am
Wed December 19, 2012

"Descent Into Heaven" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author C.B. Mosher, titled, "Descent Into Heaven." Listen for a story about how the author and his family explore the beauty of the headwaters of the Amazon River. 

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Valley Writers Read
10:40 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Larry Hill's "The Night We Read Carver" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear local author Larry Hill's short story "The Night We Read Carver." Listen for a story about a writer who takes his girlfriend and protege to a conference where she turns the tables on him. 

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Valley Writers Read
11:47 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Howard Hendrix's "American Bacon" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we feature two stories by local authors. First, we hear a story by Howard Hendrix titled, "American Bacon." Listen as a neighbor recruits the author to help slaughter a hog. We close the program with Sharon Patterson's "Ant Climbs a Molehill Guarded by a Camel," where an enlisted man struggles to advance in rank.

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Valley Writers Read
5:00 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

James Varner's "Memories of Growing Up With Friends"

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, author James Varner shares with listeners some anecdotes of growing up in the Bakersfield area with his story, "Memories of Growing Up With Friends."

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Valley Writers Read
10:29 am
Wed November 21, 2012

James Varner's "Memories of Growing Up With Friends" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, James Varner shares some personal anecdotes of growing up in the Bakersfield area with "Memories of Growing Up With Friends". 

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