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Young Artist's Spotlight: Bakersfield Youth Symphony Brass Quartet


Today on Young Artist's Spotlight we feature a performance from four of the five members of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet. All four are new to the group this year. The group has played pre-concert music for the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and for the Community Concert Association concert which featured the Presidio Brass. The group's founder and coach is Steve O'Connor, trumpeter, who serves on the BYSO board and plays in many local organizations, including the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, the Bakersfield Municipal Band and the Bakersfield Winds.

The student musicians include:

John Beshara, 1st trumpet - freshman, Stockdale High School
Marissa Aguilar, 2nd trumpet - senior, Liberty High School
Renee Acupan, french horn - senior, Stockdale High School
Ethan Howard, trombone - freshman, Stockdale High School

Today's performance by the quartet includes music by Beethoven, Handel, Shostakovich and J.S. Bach. 

After the quartet's performance we hear a solo performance by Renee Acupan. 

Special thanks to Bee Barmann for helping to arrange this performance. 

Support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from the Bonner Family Foundation; Dr. Alice Martinson and Carole Sturgis.

David Aus is the host of Sunday Night Jazz and Young Artists Spotlight on KVPR, as well as other special programs featuring the valley's local musicians and artists. He is also a social media and marketing specialist for KVPR. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, David Aus has lived in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, before arriving in Fresno in 2002. Prior to joining KVPR, he spent many years as an on-air host at KFSR. When not on the air, David is a busy jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator.