Artist Interviews
4:28 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Sarah Chang & Theodore Kuchar Talk Music, On And Off Stage

Sarah Chang

Violinist Sarah Chang and conductor Theodore Kuchar have worked together for years, with performances in Central California with the Fresno Philharmonic, and around the world with other orchestras, most recently on a three week tour of South Africa in 2013. Chang, who is performing in Fresno this weekend  to celebrate the orchestra's 60th anniversary joined us in the studio with Maestro Kuchar to talk about her career and her relationship with the maestro.

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10:09 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Artist Interview: Violinist Sarah Chang

Violinist Sarah Chang performs in Fresno this weekend
Credit IMG Artists

Sarah Chang is one of the world’s premier violinists. Since debuting with the New York Philharmonic at age 8, she has performed with the greatest orchestras and on the world's biggest stages.

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In the Mode
4:58 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

In the Mode: January 19, 2014

Music of the Trecento next time on In the Mode.  14th century Italy was a strange time of contrasts-- wars, the black plague and the schism in the church with 2 popes –but at the same time a new creative surge in the arts was taking place.  Names that are still familiar; poets Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, the painter Giotto and in music too, the most important being Francesco Landini.  

CD title: Rosa e Orticha

Performer: Ensemble Syntagma

CD label: CARPE DIEM 16287

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In the Mode
11:25 am
Sun January 12, 2014

In the Mode: January 12, 2014

Wildcat Viols will play for us next time on In the Mode. Members of the trio are three of San Francisco bay area’s favorite early string specialists, Joanna Blendulf, Julie Jeffrey and Elisabeth Reed. We’ll hear them play music by England’s Henry Purcell, hailed as the English Orpheus, the motto, “a greater musical genius England never had."  

CD title: Fairest Isle

Performer: Wildcat Viols

CD label: Wildcat Viols Fairest Isle

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In the Mode
12:00 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

In the Mode: January 5, 2014

This week on In the Mode, some especially beautiful choral music from the 16th to the 21st centuries.  We will hear eight completely different settings on the text O Magnum Mysterium which tells the wonderful story of the animals being the first to see the baby in the manger, from Byrd to Poulenc to Lauridsen, sung by diverse ensembles.  

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In the Mode
11:59 am
Sun December 29, 2013

In the Mode: December 29, 2013

Music heard in the new world about the baby boy in Bethlehem next time on In the Mode. By the 18th century, the Bogota Cathedral in Colombia was a major center for Western musical activity in South America, mostly due to the arrival of the Archbishop from Mexico who really encouraged the arts. It had an organ and a number of paid musicians on its staff, including both singers and instrumentalists and this religious music includes local folk elements.

In the Mode
12:01 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

In the Mode: December 15, 2013

Next time on In the Mode we’ll again hear Jordi Savall and the ensemble La Capella Reial de Catalunya with music by Bartomeu Carceres, an ensalada, literally a salad, or a bunch of stuff. This ensalada is called La Trulla, which is translated to hubbub, and begins with seven shepherds all from different places, who sing their praises to the Virgin and to Jesus in the crib in their respective languages.

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In the Mode
12:03 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

In the Mode: December 8, 2013

The next two programs on  In the Mode will feature music for the season from the 16th century Spanish court at Calabria—Villancicos and Ensaladas by Bartomeu Carceres,   performed by La Capella Reial de Catalunya, directed by the great Spanish viol player Jordi Savall and featuring his late wife, soprano Montserrat Figueras. A celebration of Spanish music, sacred and secular.

CD title: Bartomeu Càrceres Anonymes XVI siècle Villancicos & EnsaladasPerformer: Monteserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi SavallCD label: ASTRÉE 9951 

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In the Mode
11:58 am
Sun December 1, 2013

In the Mode: December 1, 2013

A Worcester Lady mass, next time on In the Mode, sung by the women of Trio Medieval, though it is unlikely that women would have sung it originally, it was written by and for the 13th century Benedictine monks of the Abbey of St Mary’s at Worcester. The title "Ladymass" refers to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. Some of it was lost and has been reconstructed for Trio Mediaeval by a modern composer.  

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12:00 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

In the Mode: November 24, 2013

Dreams and Imaginations, Elizabethan music for voice and Consort of viols next time on In the Mode. The singer is known as a great Bach tenor, here singing music that came before Bach, his name is David Gordon, and he sings with Wendy Gillespie, Mary Springfels, Tina Chancey, Robert Eisenstein and Elaine Scott Banks, violas da gamba, the music by William Byrd, Tobias Hume, John Dowland and others.

CD Title: Dreames Imaginations

PERFORMER: David Gordon, Elaine Scott Banks, Tina Chancey, Robert Eisenstein, Wendy Gillespie, Mary Springfels

CD label: MHS 512390Y

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12:16 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

In the Mode: November 17, 2013

Alessandro Striggio was an Italian composer and Mantuan nobleman who split his time primarily between Mantua and Florence ruled by the Medicis, he was court composer and the Mass in 40 parts we’ll hear next time on In the Mode was a gigantic musical present from the Medicis to the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II.  He wrote this in 1566 and it was believed lost until University of California Berkeley Music Professor and Davitt Moroney found it in Paris recently.

CD title: Alessandro Striggio Mass in 40 parts

Performer: I Faglioni

CD label: Decca B0015655

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12:16 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

In the Mode: November 10, 2013

Flutist Mindy Rosenfeld and lutenist Ronn McFarlane will be featured next time on In the Mode. Their brand new CD gathers some of their favorite, mostly Scottish music, Mindy calls it “a musical feast with a wide cross section of styles, both ‘folk and fyne,’ evocative and expressive of the variety and intensity of human feelings, from sparky, joyful fun to deeper meditative inner reflection”.

CD title:  Nine Notes that Shook the World

PERFORMERS: Ronn McFarlane and Mindy Rosenfeld

CD label: Sono Luminus DSL 92169

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In the Mode
12:42 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

In the Mode: November 3, 2013

The ensemble Constantinople has a very interesting combination of instruments—voice too, exploring the oral traditions of Mediterranean cultures and the musical manuscripts of the Middle Ages. This project takes us to the New World with music from Mexico, with much of it exploring the poetry of what they call Latin America’s first major poet, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. 

CD title: Premiers Songes – Early Dreams

PERFORMER: Constantinople &  Francoise Atlan

CD label: ANALEKTA 9989

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Fresno Philharmonic
3:02 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Artist Interview: Orion Weiss

Orion Weiss

Pianist Orion Weiss is one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation. His visits Fresno this weekend to perform with the Fresno Philharmonic for a concert titled "I Got Rhythm" which features music by Gershwin, Ravel and several Latin-American composers, including Marquez, Fernandez and Revueltas.  In our interview, we talk to Weiss about his career, working with his former teacher Emmanuel Ax, and about performing the music of Gershwin and Ravel. 

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In the Mode
12:33 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

In the Mode: October 27, 2013

The music heard on In the Mode is usually from the Renaissance and medieval eras, but next time we’ll hear some Early American music, some of it from the very first book published in the colonies, called The whole book of psalms faithfully translated into English Metre, 1640. We’ll also hear the ensemble Cantus sing some Spirituals and songs from The sacred harp and Southern harmony Songbooks. 

CD title: That Eternal Day


CD label: Cantus recordings CTS-1210,

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12:33 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Vince Gill and Paul Franklin Embrace 'Bakersfield Sound' With New CD, Tour

Vince Gill and Paul Franklin celebrate the music of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard with their new cd "Bakersfield"
Courtesy Vince Gill

From the honky tonks of Oildale to  concert halls across the world, the hard driving, guitar driven country music that came out of Kern County – known as the "Bakersfield Sound" - has captured millions of fans across the world. Superstars like the late Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, not to mention hundreds of other musicians made Bakersfield, at least for a few decades, a true rival of Nashville’s famed music row. Now a new album by Vince Gill and pedal steel guitarist Paul Franklin seeks to honor that music – it’s called simply Bakersfield.

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In the Mode
11:09 am
Sun October 20, 2013

In the Mode: October 20, 2013

Let’s pretend we’re going to the Coronation of Doge Marino Grimani at St. Marks in Venice in 1595, and imagine the grandeur and excitement of the ceremony there, the beautiful mosaic decoration, fabulous works of art and magnificent music with the many choir lofts and organs. The Gabrieli Consort and Players have reconstructed the ceremony.  

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3:16 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Artist Interview: Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko

Vadym Kholodenko
Anna Chobotova IMG Artists

Earlier this year Ukranian pianist Vadym Kholodenko walked away with one of the highest honors in the world of classical music – the Gold Medal at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then, he’s become one of the most in-demand artists in the world, and performs in Fresno Wednesday night at 8:00 pm as part of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series. He joined us live at Valley Public Radio to talk about the concert and the effect winning the Van Cliburn competition has had on his career.

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In the Mode
11:44 am
Sun October 13, 2013

In the Mode: October 13, 2013

Next time on In the Mode, music from the court of Maximilian II of Hapsburg who was Holy Roman Emperor from 1564 to 1576. Music was an essential part of life at court, lots of music was needed for many special occasions. Ferdinand established a chapel for his children and by 1551, Maximilian’s chapel had its own musical establishment, Jacobus Vaet was Kapellmeister. We’ll hear his music performed by Cinquecento. 

11:36 am
Tue October 8, 2013

The Oasis: October 6, 2013

9:00 – 10:00

The Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band – Game Changer – Capri 74124 – “Daahoud” (C. Brown)

Mike LeDonne-The Groover Quartet – Keep the Faith – Savant 2114 – “The Way You Make Me Feel”

Frank Potenza – For Joe – Capri Records 74127 – “Voce” (Roberto Menescal)

Salsa De La Bahia-A Collection of SF Bay Area Salsa and Latin Jazz – Patois 015 –

Anthony Blea Su Charanga: “Virgen De La Caridad”

                                            Dizzy Gillespie

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