The 23-year-old pianist Michael Delfin is no stranger to FM89 listeners. He has twice before performed on Young Artists Spotlight, and this week he returns to our studio to share his music with local listeners. Now a resident of Baltimore, Michael is on the faculty of the Baltimore School of Music. He also is a double major at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University, studying both music (at the Peabody Conservatory) and history.
The Lute was a most useful instrument in early times, it was important to have a lutenist at court to entertain, either to accompany singers telling tales, sometimes he was also the singer; the most important instrument for secular music in the Renaissance. There are many lutenists active today, and next time on In the Mode we’ll hear lute duets played by Ronn McFarlane and William Simms.
This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we continue our series of performances from members of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. This time, we feature five young string musicians from ages nine through eleven. Hear these talented pre-teens: Emilea Okayasu, Benjamin Pegram, and Hope Yuan, violin, and Olivia Lin and Luke Zhao, cello.
We don’t usually hear music by Bach on In the Mode, he is just a little bit too young, but next time we will, because the recording featured is called Bach and Before. Each of the composers featured were proponents of the stylus fantasticus, a term which had its roots initially in the improvisational and virtuosic style of organ toccatas and fantasias. We’ll hear Chatham Baroque perform music by Bach, Bertali, Schmelzer and Buxtehude.
CD Title: Bach and BeforePerformer: Chatham BaroqueCD label: Chatham Baroque CB002
This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we feature three ensembles from the Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF), including five trombones, three flutes, a cello and violin. FM89's George Mason hosts this special program featuring some of the Central Valley's finest young musicians.
YOOF Trombone Choir:
Featuring Madeleine Guekguezian, Kabir Khera, Michael Neufeld, Larry Shin, and Ethan Santos performing "Song for Japan" by Steven Verhelst
The eight-member honor group from the Lindsay High School Guitars paid a return visit to Young Artists Spotlight this year. The performance included solos from graduating seniors Salvador Madrigal and Joseph Ochoa, not to mention a surprise cello solo from Kathryne Wills, the youngest member of the Tulare County Symphony and the daughter of Lindsay High School teacher Nancy Wills, who founded the Lindsay Guitars in 1999 and leads the group to this day.
This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight, we feature multi-instrumentalist Alice Lee. A student at Bakersfield's Stockdale High School, Alice is both a pianist and a violinist. She is also a member of the Stockdale band and orchestra, under the director Mr. John Biller.
Alice says she would like to pursue her musical career after high school.
"I would like to major in music. I want to get a doctor's in music education and become a professor. Also, I want to teach kids and be in a symphony orchestra," says Alice.
This time on In the Mode, hear music by Heinrich Schütz. He "created a new style of music after studying in Venice with Gabrieli and Monteverdi, a combination of his German experience with the Italian, and he influenced his countrymen Samuel Scheidt and Johann Hermann Schein with this new style. They were friends, with similar musical beginnings, Schein excelled in the madrigal style, Scheidt was more important as organist."
Sisters Hannah and Megan Tran returned to Valley Public Radio for another performance on Young Artists Spotlight. The two Bakersfield students brought their Chinese zithers with them for an in-studio concert of traditional music and a clever arrangement of Michael Jackson's "Beat It."
I will feature early German composers on the next two programs of In the Mode, there aren’t as many known German composers of the Renaissance as there are French, Italians, Brits and Netherlanders, but we have 3 who were born a year apart and knew each other, Schütz. Schein and Scheidt, Schütz being the most influential after studying with Giovanni Gabrieli in Italy and adding instruments to church music.
The 2014 season of Young Artists Spotlight begins with a performance by four talented teens from Bakersfield, Henry Song, Liang (Vicky) Zhao, Sharon Hong and Sebastian Lee. Together they are the Bakersfield Youth Symphony String Quartet. They performed the following:
Bach: 1st movement from the Third Brandenburg Concerto Mozart: Rondo Folk song medley: Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) and Arkansas Traveller (arranged by George Frederick McKay) Mozart: 1st movement from Eine kleine nachtmusik
The consort of viols called Parthenia is featured next time on In the Mode, an ensemble in residence at Corpus Christi Church in New York. The CD featured is called Within the Labyrinth, exploring a collection of music intending to reflect the healing and spiritual aspects of the Labyrinth-walking experience. We’ll hear a suite of dances by Samuel Scheidt, a couple of Brownings, a fun form from Renaissance England-- and more.
In the Mode will feature the lute---a bunch of lutes next time, voices too. We usually think of the lute as a solo instrument, or accompanying a singer, often the lutenist was both. This program shows that lutes were frequently brought together into ensembles, most often duets, but sometimes the groups were larger, trios and quartets might have played for dancing, and masques.
CD title: Three, Four and Twenty Lutes
Performers: Jakob Lindberg, Robert Meunier, Nigel North, Paul O’Dette
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.
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.
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."
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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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.
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.