Music

Young Artists Spotlight
5:03 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Pianist Kelsey Jian on Young Artists Spotlight 2015

Bakersfield pianist Kelsey Jian
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear a performance by Bakersfield pianist Kelsey Jian. Kelsey Kelsey Jian was born in Lawrence Kansas. She moved to California with her family when she was eleven years old. She has two sisters. Her older sister Stephanie, who is currently studying Optometry at Berkeley, is a phenomenal pianist. Her younger sister Anna is also a talented pianist. Kelsey started taking piano lessons at the age of five and was told that she had perfect pitch.

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Artist Interviews
3:55 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Antonio Pompa-Baldi Takes On Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle

Pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi
Credit Antonio Pompa-Baldi

Pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi is in Fresno this weekend on an unusual mission: performing the complete cycle of Beethoven piano concertos over three concerts with the Fresno Philharmonic. The concerts will take the listener through Beethoven's musical evolution from his early works to the famous Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor." 

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Young Artists Spotlight
8:17 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Visalia Soloists on Young Artists Spotlight - 2015

This edition of Young Artists Spotlight was pleased to feature musicians from Visalia. And it was mostly a family affair. The group for this live broadcast included 13-year-old twin brothers Trent Andrews, violin, and Marcus Andrews, French horn. Each was accompanied by Brian Johnson.

Then we had 12-year-old Logan Wells, trumpet, and his 10-year-old sister, Bethany Wells, two years into her French horn lessons. The siblings were accompanied by their proud mother, Carrie Wells.

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Young Artists Spotlight
2:04 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Harpist Dana Peck on Young Artists Spotlight 2015

George Mason Valley Public Radio

Dana Peck, home-schooled in Bakersfield, began studying harp at age 11.  For two years she has been the principal (and only) harpist with the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra, which tours England and Scotland beginning March 26.  For the past three years, Dana has studied in the Fine Arts Summer Academy, which gave her the opportunity to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. She has played under conductors Kyunghun Kim and Jung Ho Park. And studying with a teacher in Southern California, Dana was able to strum the strings of Harpo Marx’s harp!

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Young Artists Spotlight
10:10 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Stockdale High Soloists on Young Artists Spotlight 2015

Alice Lee and Liang (Vicky) Zhao perform of this edition of Young Artists Spotlight
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear performances from two talented musicians from Bakersfield's Stockdale High - junior Alice Lee and sophomore Liang (Vicky) Zhao. Both are members of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra and the each play multiple instruments.

Alice plays piano, flute and piccolo but her emphasis is violin, which she has been playing for six years. She even has two students of her own now. And Alice is Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra soloist for the 2014-15 season. She plans to major in music, all the way to a PhD professorship.

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Young Artists Spotlight
6:41 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Young Artists Spotlight Highlights Flute Quartet, Harps, Violin

A flute quartet performs on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

We begin the 2015 season of Young Artists Spotlight with a performance from a number of talented young musicians, including a flute quartet, two harpists and a violinist. 

Youth Orchestras of Fresno Flute Quartet:
Mai Schweizer; Lillian O'Day, Beth Wilson and Jamie Hellwig

Harp soloists:
Aria Delgado
Carter Williams

Violin soloist:
Benjamin Pegram

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Music
12:47 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Where Does The "Bakersfield Sound" Go From Here?

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Detroit has Motown, Seattle has grunge, and San Francisco has psychedelic rock. Just three examples of American cities where unique musical styles developed and thrived, gaining international attention and helping to define the very image and sound of those places.

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Jazz
12:29 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Eva Scow Presents Her Third Annual Crescent Concert Sunday

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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

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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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