Music

Valley Edition
2:13 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Live In-Studio: Rock/Jazz Violinist Patrick Contreras

Violinist Patrick Contreras in-studio at Valley Public Radio
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

Some people call Fresno's Patrick Contreras a rock violinist. To others, he's a jazz musician. To others still he's a blues or a Latin music artist. His music spans categories and influences from plugged-in Jimi Hendrix inspired riffs to romantic boleros.

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Music
3:45 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

In the Mode: July 20, 2014

Music by French composer Marin Marais next time on In the Mode.  We’ll hear gambist Jordi Savall and his fabulous group of musicians play music from Marais’ Suitte d’un Gout Etranger Suite in a foreign style--a unique collection of some odd pieces.  By “foreign” Marais does not necessarily mean from outside of France, but foreign to the usual way of playing the viola da gamba. 

CD title: MARIN MARAIS Suitte d’un Goût Etranger, PIÈCES DE VIOLE du IV Livre, 1717

Music
11:37 am
Sun July 6, 2014

In the Mode: July 6, 2014

We’ll go to the very edge of the Renaissance with instrumental music by Dietrich Buxtehude next time on In The Mode.  He is really considered to be a Baroque composer who is most famous for his organ music, arguably the most important composer in Germany before Bach. We’ll hear some of his lovely trio sonatas, performed The Boston Museum Trio and Trio Sonnerie.

ITLE                                                PERFORMER                                   CD

Dietrich Buxtehude, Trio Sonatas      The Boston Museum Trio                  CENTAUR 2391

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In the Mode
3:40 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

In the Mode: June 29, 2014

Next time on In the Mode we will again go to Tudor England with music from a Royal Songbook and songs by Henry VIII. The luxuriously illustrated Royal Songbook was given to Henry and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, in 1518 possibly by Petrus Alamire, and the group we will hear sing was named after him, according to Tudor music specialist, David Skinner, who conducts.  

 CD title: Henry’s Music, Motets from a Royal Choirbook, Songs by Henry Performer: AlamireCD label: OBSIDIAN  705  

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In the Mode
11:06 am
Sun June 15, 2014

In the Mode: June 15, 2014

CD title: Thomas Tomkins, Consort Music for Viols and Voices, Keyboard MusicPerformer: Rose Consort of Viols and Red ByrdCD label: NAXOS 550602 Thomas Tomkins was born in 1572 died in his 80s and saw many musical changes as did the other English composers of his generation including Gibbons and Weelkes. Many of them, including Tomkins, were pupils of William Byrd. Tomkins is sometimes called the last of the Elizabethans. Next time on In the Mode we’ll hear the Rose Consort of Viols and the vocal ensemble Red Byrd perform some of his music. 

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In the Mode
7:05 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

In the Mode: June 8, 2014

The Red Book, Llibre Vermell, is a codex of pilgrim and liturgical music for the monastery of Montserrat, which sits on a mountain peak near Barcelona,  a pilgrim destination that  brought travelers from far away. The music was written specifically for this place, so unusual, we’ll also here some Trouvere songs and Cantigas de Santa Maria.

CD title: The Black Madonna, Pilgrim Songs from the Monastery of Montserrat (1400-1420)

Performer: Ensemble UnicornCD label: NAXOS 554256 

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In the Mode
11:40 am
Sun May 18, 2014

In the Mode: May 18, 2014

Most surviving music up to about the 12 century is church music, they had scribes writing it down, but of course people were singing outside church then as always. There is not much information about their music, but we do know a bit about the wandering Goliards, then minstrels or jongleurs, then the troubadors and trouveres. 

CD TITLE                                          PERFORMER                                   CD NUMBER

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Music
7:57 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Bakersfield Jazz Festival Looks To Light Up The San Joaquin Valley

Latin jazz legend Poncho Sanchez and his band headline the opening night of the 28th annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival
Credit Poncho Sanchez

This weekend the CSU Bakersfield Amphitheatre will be filled with the sounds of some of the top jazz groups in the world for the 28th annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival. Top local talent like Mento Buru and the Kern County Honor Jazz Band will share the stage with headliners like Latin jazz legend Poncho Sanchez, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and smooth jazz superstar Gerald Albright. Festival founder Doug Davis joined us on Valley Edition to talk about this year’s lineup. 

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Artist Interviews
4:49 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Vadim Gluzman Reflects On Mentors, Old Friends In Fresno Visit

Vadim Gluzman

Vadim Gluzman is one of the world's premier violin soloists. Born in the former Soviet Union in the early 1970's, Gluzman career took off in Israel, where he met cellist Thomas Loewenheim, establishing a friendship that continues to this day.

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Young Artists Spotlight
11:37 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Young Artists Spotlight: Fresno Musical Club Scholarship Winners

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we hear performances from two of the Fresno Musical Club's 2014 scholarship winners. Violinist William Chen is the 1st place winner of the 2014 Hildred Minich Scholarship for young string players.  

William attends University High School, has served for three years as concert master for the Youth Orchestra of Fresno, and studies privately  with Thi Nguyen.   He performs selections from Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D, and is accompanied by pianist Matthew Dean.

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In the Mode
11:57 am
Sun April 20, 2014

In the Mode: April 20, 2014

In the Mode will include the chant for Easter next time, “Ubi Caritas et Amor” sung by the Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos in Spain, and then  music by 20th century French composer Maurice Duruflé based on that chant, sung by the vocal ensemble Audite Nova. Also, a collaboration by three English composers, Sheppard, Byrd and Mundy in the last year before the final extinction of the Latin rite in England in 1558.  We’ll hear The Cardinall’s music perform In Exitu Israel.

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Young Artists Spotlight
6:53 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Young Artists Spotlight: YOOF Soloists Part 3

Aaron Grisez performs on Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we continue our series of soloists from the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. This week we hear performances by three exceptionally talented musicians from YOOF:

Joanne Chen, violin performs Max Bruch's Concerto in G minor, first and second movements

Henry Woolf, flute performs Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto Pastoral, first mvt

Aaron Grisez, marimba performs Paul Lansky's Hop(3)

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In the Mode
11:00 am
Sun April 13, 2014

In the Mode: April 13, 2014

Franco-Flemish composer John Richafort wrote his stunning Requiem for 6 voices to commemorate the death of his teacher, the great Josquin Desprez in 1521. He quotes some text and melodies of Josquin in the Missa pro Defunctis, that we will hear performed by the VOX early music ensemble, on In the Mode. 

 

CD TITLE: Josquin and the Lost Generation

PERFORMER: VOX Early Music Ensemble

CD label: Ancient Voice 001

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Young Artists Spotlight
4:05 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Young Artists Spotlight: Fresno Pacific University Trio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we bring you the sounds of a trio of talented performers from Fresno Pacific University and hear a trio of flute, violin and cello. The group features Summer Collison flute; Maxton Vieira, violin and Allison Ens, cello. All three are students of FPU professor Dieter Wulforhost. 

Trio No. 2 in G major, op. 19, no. 2    by François Devienne       (1759-1803) 

Allegro,  Rondo. Allegretto

Serenade in D Major, op. 25 (1802)  by  Ludwig van Beethoven  (1770-1827)

Entrata. Allegro

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In the Mode
11:28 am
Sun April 6, 2014

In the Mode: April 6, 2014

Dancing was an everyday ritual at Renaissance courts, after supper, often lasting until the first morning light. Dance played a very important part in portraying civilized behavior and to persuade onlookers that the dancer is vigorous and healthy, it is a lot more than moving your feet, you can convey your emotions with a look or a touch. Next time on In the Mode, we’ll hear dances from Terpsichore by Praetorius, and songs too performed by Doulce Memoire.  CD title: Grand Bal a la cour d’Henri IVPerformer: Doulce MemoireCD label: harmonia mundi K617186 

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Artist Interviews
12:20 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Wu Man Brings The Pipa To New Audiences Beyond China

Pipa artist Wu Man
Valley Public Radio

This weekend the Fresno Philharmonic brings local audiences a truly unique concert – one that mixes sounds of "East and West," featuring pipa soloist Wu Man. The Chinese native will perform the Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra by Academy Award winning composer Tan Dun, who is best best known in the U.S. for his score for the film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The orchestra will also perform two symphonies by Beethoven.

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Young Artists Spotlight
7:26 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Fresno State President's Quintet

  This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we hear the President's Quintet of California State University Fresno. This scholarship woodwind ensemble is funded through the office of the university's President Joseph Castro and performs at many official campus events. The student members also receive additional support from the Fresno State Associated Students Inc. for tours, supplies and commissions. The group was founded in 1978, and is directed by Fresno State flute professor Dr. Teresa Beaman. In previous years, the ensemble has toured Europe, Asia and California.

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In the Mode
11:31 am
Sun March 30, 2014

In the Mode: March 30, 2014

It wasn’t always easy to find music to play when friends got together in early times, --couldn’t run to the copy machine, but there were part books for singers and often instrumentalists would use these—the words were still important.  We’ll hear the Sex Chordae Consort of viols play Monteverdi madrigals, Sunday at 12:06 on In the Mode.

CD title: Monteverdi: Terzo Libro

Performer: La Venexiana

CD label: Glossia 920910

CD title:  Claudio Monteverdi: Third Book of Madrigals for viol consort

Performer: Sex Chordae Consort of Viols

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Young Artists Spotlight
11:19 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Fresno City College Guitar Quartet

Fresno City College Guitar Quartet
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we hear the music of the Fresno City College Guitar Quartet, featuring students from the FCC Advanced Guitar class. The ensemble is directed by Dr. Kevin Cooper and performs music by Albeniz, Penella, Praetorius and others. 

Fresno City College Guitar Quartet:
Andrew Gomez-Ramirez
Roger Hallaway
Brandon Mendez
Micah Byers
Dr. Kevin Cooper, director

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In the Mode
11:09 am
Sun March 23, 2014

In the Mode: March 23, 2014

This week we will hear music played on an instrument that developed from the vihuela or Spanish guitar, it has 6 strings and frets, but is bowed, and held by the legs, someone called it a bowed guitar, we’ll explore the sound of the viola da gamba. CD Title                                             PERFORMER                       CD label Lawdes Deo                                        Hesperion XX                         ASTREE 8708 Odhecaton                                           Fretwork                                 HARMONIA MUNDI 907291 Four Seasons                            

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