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Fresno Philharmonic

Tuesdays at 8:00 PM, 2nd Tuesday after Masterworks concerts

Hear recorded broadcast performances of the Fresno Philharmonic from the stage of the William Saroyan Theatre. The broadcasts typically air on the second Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. following the orchestra's Masterworks concerts and are hosted by FM89's David Aus. 

2018/2019 Broadcast Schedule*

Grand Promenade
Broadcast date: Tuesday October 30, 2018 8:00 PM
John Corigliano  - Promenade Overture 
Tchaikovsky  - Piano Concerto No. 1  - with Jon Nakamatsu, piano
Mussorgsky/Ravel - Pictures at an Exhibition

Stories of Valor
Broadcast date: Tuesday November 20, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Britten  -  War Requiem (with Celena Shafer, soprano; Vale Rideout, tenor; Christópheren Nomura, baritone; Fresno Master Chorale, Anna Hamre, director)

Tales of the Silk Road
Broadcast date: Tuesday January 29, 2019 – 8:00 PM
Missy Mazzoli - River Rouge Transfiguration
Zhao Jiping - Pipa Concerto No. 2 – with Wu Man, pipa
Rimsky Korsakov - Scheherazade

To Brahms with Love
Broadcast date: Tuesday March 5, 2019 – 8:00 PM
R. Strauss - Don Juan
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 24 (K. 491) - with Joyce Yang, piano
Brahms - Symphony No. 2

Nature Speaks
Broadcast date: Tuesday March 26, 2019 – 8:00 PM
Benjamin Boone -  Waterless Music
Barber - Violin Concerto - Sirena Huang, violin
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale)

Symphony of Sound
Broadcast date: Tuesday April 16, 2019 – 8:00 PM
Dinuk Wijeratne -  New Work (World premiere)
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 – with Zhang Zou, piano
Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5

*Schedule and content subject to change

Fresno Philharmonic

The Fresno Philharmonic has launched its new season of concerts, the second under music director Rei Hotoda. Now Hotoda is also receiving another honor - an award from the Fresno League of Women Voters for her work leading the orchestra into a new era. She joined us to talk about the new season and the award on Valley Edition. 

Pianist and vocalist Tony De Sare joins the Fresno Philharmonic for the final pops concert of the 2017-2018 season Saturday at Fresno's William Saroyan Theatre. The concert will feature De Sare performing Gershwin's Rhapdosy in Blue as well as pop hits by Elton John, Billy Joel and John Lennon. De Sare joined us on Valley Public Radio to talk about his career and the Fresno concert. 

Rei Hotoda - Fresno Philharmonic

This week we talk with Fresno Philharmonic conductor Rei Hotoda for insights into Sunday April 15th's concert Heaven & Earth. The performance features music celebrating spirit and nature by Debussy, Poulenc, Jennifer Higdon and Tan Dun. It's the final Masterworks Concert of the season, and Hotoda says listeners should come with their cellphones, ready to participate in this week's performance. 

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This Sunday the Fresno Philharmonic brings the sound of the virtuoso orchestra to the stage of the William Saroyan Theatre for a wide ranging concert with a twist. The orchestra's longtime concertmaster, violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio will take a turn in the spotlight as a featured soloist on two pieces. We spoke with both Hotoda and Sant'Ambrogio about the concert on FM89 which features works by Haydn, Vaughan-Williams, Foss and Ginastera. 

Juergen Frank / Courtesy Jennifer Koh

This Sunday the Fresno Philharmonic pays tribute to the centennial birthday of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, with a concert at the Saroyan Theater. Maestro Rei Hotoda will lead the orchestra in a performance of Bernstein's Serenade for Violin and Orchestra with special guest Jennifer Koh. The concert also includes John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3.

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This Sunday the Fresno Philharmonic will present a concert with two well known works from the classical repertoire and a new piece by a Fresno composer. Conductor Rei Hotoda recently joined us to talk about the performance which will include soloist Awadagin Pratt performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3. The January 27th performance will also feature Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, and Kenneth Froelich's Spinning Yarns. 

Todd Rosenberg / Courtesy The Fresno Philharmonic

Valley Public Radio is pleased to announce that the station will broadcast recorded performances of the Fresno Philharmonic's 2017-2018 Masterworks Concert Series. This season is the first under new Music Director Rei Hotoda, and includes performances from soloists including Awadagin Pratt, Orion Weiss and Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio. The concerts will air on FM89 on the second Tuesday at 8:00 PM following the concert performance. This broadcast schedule is subject to change.

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The Fresno's Philharmonic's Pops Concert Series continues this weekend with a concert at the Saroyan Theatre in Fresno celebrating the music of Louis Armstrong "It's A Wonderful World." The orchestra will perform with trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling and conductor Chelsea Tipton II, who joined us at Valley Public Radio for a talk about the concert. 

Courtesy Rei Hotoda

The Fresno Philharmonic welcomes its fifth candidate for the vacant position of music director and conductor to the community this week with Rei Hotoda, who leads the orchestra in a concert Sunday at the Saroyan Theatre featuring Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and a contemporary piece by Pulitzer-prize winning Chinese-American composer Zhou Long. Rei Hotoda is currently the Associate Conductor Utah Symphony. She has a doctorate in piano performance from USC and also studied at both Peabody and Eastman.

This weekend, the Fresno Philharmonic continues its Masterworks Concert series with a performance featuring the music of Aaron Copland and George Gershwin. It’s also something of a job interview, as guest conductor Aram Demirjian is one of the six finalists for the position of music director and conductor of the orchestra. He is currently the conductor and music director of the Knoxville Symphony and was the Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony. He joined us to talk about his career, the concert, and his Armenian heritage. 

This weekend Fresno audiences will get a chance to see and hear another of the six candidates hoping to become the next music director and conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic. On Sunday guest conductor Daniel Meyer leads the orchestra in concert at the Saroyan Theatre. A native of Cleveland, Meyer currently leads orchestras in Asheville, NC and Erie, PA.

Sameer Patel

Sameer Patel is the first of six candidates hoping to become the next conductor and musical director of the Fresno Philharmonic. The current Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, Patel brings a youthful passion to his work, and numerous honors, including the Solti Foundation’s U.S. 2016 Career Assistance Award. His artistry will be on display at the Saroyan Theater this weekend as the leads the orchestra in a concert featuring works by Mozart, Sibelius and Jonathan Leshnoff.

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Over its history the Fresno Philharmonic has had only seven musical directors. Now the search is on to find the eighth. Over the next few months six candidates will visit the San Joaquin Valley to conduct interviews, masterclasses, and of course, perform with the orchestra at the William Saroyan Theatre. The Philharmonic's Executive Director Stephen Wilson joined us to talk about the candidates and the upcoming season. 

Fresno Philharmonic

Maestro Theodore Kuchar is set to conduct his final Masterworks Concert for the Fresno Philharmonic this weekend, after 15 years as the orchestra's musical director. We spoke with him and mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor about this weekend's concert of works by Dvorak, Prokofiev, and Kalinnikov.

Publicity photo courtesy Belen Alonso Management

Violinist Francesca Dego is known worldwide as one of the premier interpreters of the music of Niccolò Paganini. This weekend the Italian native will perform Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Fresno Philharmonic, in a concert billed as "Bella Italia." She joined us at Valley Public Radio to talk about her career, Paganini, and her latest recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, the complete violin sonatas of Beethoven.

The Fresno Philharmonic presents a concert dedicated to the music of composer Johannes Brahms this weekend, and Maestro Theodore Kuchar joined us Friday to talk about the composer and guest artist Noah Bendix-Balgley. From the technical brilliance of his concerto for violin, to the grand scope of his Symphony No. 1 in C minor, to the popularity of his Hungarian Dances, Kuchar discusses the many reasons why Brahms remains a highpoint in the classical repertoire. 

This Saturday the Fresno Philharmonic will perform a special concert in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The centerpiece of the evening will be a world premier of a piece by composer Serouj Kradjian, "Cantata For the Living Martyrs." 

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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This Sunday the sounds of Spain and Latin America will fill the William Saroyan Theatre in downtown Fresno as the Fresno Philharmonic presents a concert titled Bolero. Featuring music by composers like Astor Piazzolla (Tangazo), Joaquin Rodrigo (Concierto de Aranjuez), and Ravel (Bolero) it's a multi-continental tribute to the romance and rhythms of a fascinating culture. The concert features a performance by guitarist Charles Ramirez with Rodrigo's beloved ma

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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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