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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 and the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall. 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. 

2016/2017 Broadcast Schedule*

“New Era Begins”
Broadcast date: Tuesday Oct 24th 2017 – 8:00 PM
Guest artist: Natasha Paremski, piano
Aaron Jay Kernis  New Era Dance
Grieg  Piano Concerto in A minor
Debussy  Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Respighi  Pines of Rome

Broadcast Date: Tuesday Nov 21st 2017 - 8:00 PM
Guest artist: Orion Weiss, piano
Barber  Adagio for strings
Bartok  Piano Concerto No. 3
Beethoven  Symphony No. 5

“Tchaikovsky Fourth”
Broadcast date: Tuesday February 6, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Guest artist: Awadagin Pratt, piano
Kenneth Froelich  Spinning Yarns
Beethoven  Piano Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky  Symphony No. 4

“Bernstein at 100”
Broadcast Date: Tuesday March 6th, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Guest artist: Jennifer Koh, violin
John Adams  Short Ride on a Fast Machine
Bernstein  Serenade for Violin and Orchestra
Copland  Symphony No. 3

“The Virtuoso Orchestra”
Broadcast Date: Tuesday March 27th, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Guest artist: Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, violin
Haydn  Symphony No. 83
Vaughan-Williams  The Lark Ascending 
Foss  Three American Pieces
Ginastera  Variaciones concertantes

“Of Heaven and Earth”
Broadcast Date: Tuesday April 24th, 2018
Guest artists: Jessica Rivera, soprano; Fresno Master Chorale -Anna Hamre, director
Jennifer Higdon  blue cathedral
Poulenc  Gloria
Tan Dun  Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds
Debussy  La Mer

*Schedule and content subject to change

Pianist Inon Barnatan joins us at Valley Public Radio to talk about his new CD of works by Franz Schubert, and about his upcoming performance in Fresno, in the debut concert of the Fresno Philharmonic's 60th anniversary season. Barnatan will perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2, a rarely heard work by the Russian master. In this interview we discuss Barnatan's career, his beginnings in classical music as a young child in Israel, his approach to the recording studio, and much more.

The New York Times called Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez “compelling, elegant, and incisive." She performs this weekend with the Fresno Philharmonic, in a concert titled Russian Romantics. She will be the featured soloist performing Rachmaninoff’s  Piano Concerto No. 2. She recently joined us to talk about her career, her upcoming performance and more.

Matt Stuart

As violinist Elena Urioste tells it, when she was just two years old, she knew she wanted to be a violinist, after seeing Itzhak Perlman perform on a broadcast of Sesame Street. Now as a star artist in her own right, she travels the world sharing her musical gift with thousands, including here in Central California. 

Guest conductor and clarinetist Carl Topilow joins us in-studio to talk about Saturday's "Home for the Holidays" concert with the Fresno Philharmonic. Local theater icon Dan Pessano also joins the conversation as he will perform a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" with the orchestra. 

Two years ago, then 16 year-old violinist Chad Hoopes made his debut with the Fresno Philharmonic and Maestro Theodore Kuchar. Now a senior in high school, the Ohio native returns to the Central Valley to perform with the Fresno Philharmonic this weekend, performing Lalo's Symphonie espagnole.

In our interview, we talk to Chad about his development as an artist over the past two years, Lalo's famous work, his Stradivarius violin, and his upcoming plans after he graduates from high school. 

Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor has received international acclaim performing with the world’s premier orchestras and conductors, premiering exciting new works, and breathing new life into familiar favorites.