Music

Jazz
12:29 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Eva Scow Presents Her Third Annual Crescent Concert Sunday

Credit http://www.evascowmusic.com/

Jazz and world music mandolin artist Eva Scow will bring her unique blend of music to Fresno’s Fulton 55 for her annual Crescent Concert this Sunday.

The event will feature Scow’s band The Experience, as well as Brazilian pop/funk band Boca de Rio and jazz singer Sara Cabral.

Scow joined KVPR for a live broadcast in the Bonner Performing Arts Center with bassist Patrick Olvera and guitarist Mike Taylor. 

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Music
1:12 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

In Visalia, A Woman's Dream Fuses Together Mariachi And Opera

"El Bracero" is a story of love and struggle told through opera and mariachi.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

There are only a few towns in Central California with their own opera companies and even fewer creating new art forms. In Visalia, a director has brought mariachi and opera together to form an original mariachi opera called “El Bracero.” In this story FM89’s Ezra David Romero meets the opera’s creator and discovers a new art form that weaves together elements of love and struggle.

Mariachi is very important to the Latino community. The Mexican folk music is played at quinceaneras, weddings and celebrations of all sorts. But rarely is it heard in the world of opera, until now.

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Jazz
2:56 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Live In-Studio: Bakersfield Jazz Pianist Jay Smith & Patrick Contreras

Violinist Patrick Contreras and keyboard artist Jay Smith perform live in-studio at Valley Public Radio
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Bakersfield-based jazz pianist Jay Smith is a fixture in the south valley music scene. In addition to playing with the acclaimed band Mento Buru he also leads his own band "The Jay Smith Group." Their new cd "Too Many Notes" debuts on Friday with a CD release party at Sandrini's in Bakersfield. Jay recently visited the station for an in-studio performance with violinist Patrick Contreras and to talk about his music and the new album. 

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Music
2:57 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Fresno Philharmonic Kicks Off The 2014-15 Concert Season

Credit http://www.fresnophil.org/

The Fresno Philharmonic begins its 61st season this weekend. This year the orchestra will feature a diverse  mix of concerts, with programs dedicated to Armenian contributions to classical music, and a complete cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos.

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Music
2:52 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

What's Fresno's Sound? Attend F.U.S.E. Fest To Find Out

This is the seventh year of F.U.S.E. Fest.
Credit www.fusefest.com

Seven years ago Creative Fresno, a Fresno based non-profit, created a festival called Fresno Urban Sound Experience or F.U.S.E. Fest. 

The festival was created with one goal: to capture what the Fresno underground music scene sounds like. And the festival only has a few rules: each band gets 30 minutes to perform, every band has to be local and can only play original music.

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Music
5:37 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Artist Interview: Garrick Ohlsson

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson
Credit Paul Body / Opus 3 Artists

Pianist Garrik Ohlsson is one of the world's foremost interpreters of the music of Chopin. The San Francisco-based pianist is a also a familiar name for Central Valley audiences, as he's made numerous performances in the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series.

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Music
12:03 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Keyboard Concert Broadcasts Return To Valley Public Radio

Philip Lorenz
Credit Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series

Fresno's Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series returns to the airwaves of Valley Public Radio this fall with broadcast performances recorded during last year's season. Since 1972, the series has brought the world's finest pianists and organists to Fresno to perform for local audiences. This year FM89 listeners will hear the following performances Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM.

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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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