David Aus

Host & Producer

David Aus is the host of Sunday Night Jazz and Young Artists Spotlight on Valley Public Radio, as well as other special programs featuring the valley's local musicians and artists. He is also a social media and marketing specialist for Valley Public Radio. 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 Valley Public Radio, 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. 

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With her distinctive musical voice and vision, composer Maria Schneider has helped shape the evolution of large ensemble jazz over the past two decades. In 2019 she was named an NEA Jazz Master, the nation's highest honor in jazz. Her most recent recording, "Data Lords", deals with the conflicting relationships between the digital and natural worlds, and it features her acclaimed orchestra of 18 world-class musicians. FM89's David Aus recently spoke with Maria Schneider about the latest project and the state of music today.

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In the debut episode of the special series "Beethoven: Crisis & Creativity", we welcome Barry Douglas, internationally-acclaimed pianist and founder of Camerata Ireland. Rei Hotoda and Barry Douglas discuss the evolution of Beethoven's piano sonatas, as well as how Beethoven expressed social and human ideals in his music. Featured works include Piano Sonata in G Op.79, Triple Concerto in C Op.56, and the overture to Fidelo, Beethoven's only opera.

Valley Public Radio, in partnership with the Fresno Philharmonic and the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert series will air a new special series celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest composers of all time. The program will feature archival performances drawn from both institution’s recorded concerts, and will be hosted by Valley Public Radio’s David Aus, with Fresno Philharmonic Music Director Rei Hotoda and special guests providing discussion and commentary.

Anjeli Macaranas

Violinist Anjeli Macaranas recently graduated from University High School in Fresno and will be attending Harvard this fall, from home. She performed this spring on Valley Public Radio’s Young Artists Spotlight and as a guest on the Play On series early this summer. Valley Public Radio’s David Aus recently caught up with her to learn more about her Little Virtuosos Project and the interconnection between music and mental health.

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For as long as we’ve had the ability to speak, humans have been telling stories. Today, story telling pervades all forms of media — books, music, film, advertising, video games and more. And yet, nothing is quite as engaging as a live human sharing their story. In December 2019, the Beale Memorial Library in Bakersfield, in association with Bakersfield Toastmasters Clubs and Valley Public Radio presented an evening of true stories, told before a live audience. And now you can hear it yourself, with this special broadcast of Storyteller's Showcase. 

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The Time of Our Life returns for a bonus episode. For episode seven in our series, Mark Arax reads two short stories by William Saroyan, Laughing Sam and The Poor and Burning Arab, along with discussion hosted by Valley Public Radio's David Aus.

Play On: Salute to Youth

Jul 7, 2020
Anjeli Macaranas

In this episode of Play On, we focus on young people and how they’re dealing with the uncertainty as they consider their future. We’ll be joined by two outstanding young Valley musicians, Anjeli Macaranas and Justus Vang, and we’ll hear the Fresno Philharmonic perform Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade

Play On: Songs of Hope

Jun 30, 2020

In this episode of Play On, we turn our focus to the inspiration, joy and hope we can find in vocal music. Dr. Anna Hamre and Rei Hotoda will discuss their collaboration in vocal and symphonic performance, and we’ll hear the Fresno Master Chorale and the Fresno Philharmonic perform Francis Poulenc’s Gloria.

Kenneth Froelich

This week on Play On with Rei Hotoda of the Fresno Philharmonic,  we celebrate the work of local composers as we engage in lively discussion with Benjamin Boone and Kenneth Froelich, both professors at Fresno State. We’ll hear their music, as well as work by composer Vivian Fung.

Play On: Heroes Among Us

Jun 9, 2020

This week on Play On our theme is "Heroes Among Us" - We pay tribute to first responders and essential workers on the front lines of COVID-19. Featuring music by Hailstork, Barber, Foss, and Schubert. Hear these recent performances by the Fresno Philharmonic with conductor and music director Rei Hotoda, on this episode of "Play On."

Kenneth Chacón

This week on The Time of Our Life with Mark Arax Fresno poet Kenneth Chacón reads William Saroyan's "70,000 Assyrians" and discusses the impact of Saroyan on his own work and on our times.

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This week on The Time of Our Life, Fresno writer Aris Janigian reads William Saroyan's Five Ripe Pears and The Armenian and The Armenian.  With host Mark Arax, Aris discusses Saroyan’s influence on his own work. The author of five novels, Aris Janigian is a writer, academic, and a wine grape packer and shipper. His latest novel is Waiting for Sophia at Shutters on the Beach.

Courtesy Mark Arax

This week on the debut episode of the special series "The Time of Our Life", Mark Arax reads William Saroyan's The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse, originally published in 1940 as part of My Name Is Aram, a collection of short stories by Saroyan. Arax also shares recollections of his interactions with Saroyan, who was a family friend.

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Join Valley Public Radio for "Play On" a special program featuring words and music with Fresno Philharmonic Music Director Rei Hotoda and Valley Public Radio's David Aus. 

Glacier Point Middle School Chamber Choir
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This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we feature a performance from the Glacier Point Middle School Chamber Choir, from Fresno's Central Unified School District. 

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Alfredo Rolando Ortiz is an internationally acclaimed harpist who will perform Saturday March 7, 2020, with the Bakersfield Symphony at the Mechanics Bank Arena in a concert entitled “Sound of South America.” The concert will feature works by Copland, Marquez, Moncayo, and Alfredo Rolando Ortiz himself, specifically his acclaimed “South American Suite for Harp and Orchestra.” Ortiz recently joined FM89’s David Aus to talk about his musi

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Our performers this week on Young Artists Spotlight are a string quartet from the Simba School of Music in Fresno. They call themselves Free26 – they are all 7th graders and all but one have birthdays on the 26th. Clever kids. They’ve been playing together for many years. The cellist and violist have played together since they were 2 years old. They all went to Fresno's Manchester GATE School and now go to Computech Middle School in the Fresno Unified School District. 

Penelope Freeman: violin 1
Izzy Cobb: violin
Xavion Torres: viola
Betsy Woodward: cello

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we  welcome vocal performers from Fresno State, as well as Dr. Maria Briggs and Dr. Cari Earnhart. In addition to the performances, Briggs and Earnhart will discuss the upcoming Fresno Art Song Festival (Feb 29) and the CSUF Carmina Burana gala (Mar 13-15).

Performers:

Jordan Pulido - Ночь (Night) Op. 44 No. 1 - Anton Rubinstein 

Zueignung Op 10 No. 1 - Richard Strauss

Aunika Bull -  Sweet Suffolk Owl by Richard Hundley (1619) 

V’adoro Pupille by George Frideric Handel 

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we welcome music students from California State University, Fresno. Each of the three student musicians will perform with collaborative pianist Dr. Shing-Ming Liao. Soloists this week include Amanda Steinhauer, xylophone; Robert Bennett - clarinet; and Arianna Knee, flute. Matthew Darling, Fresno State Music Department chair, also joins host David Aus this week to help introduce artists and to talk about their Carmina Burana gala taking place in March and Art Song Festival, happening later this month. 

To begin the first broadcast of the 2020 season of Young Artists Spotlight, we feature three talented string soloists from Fresno's Simba School of Music: Hasina Torres, cello; Izzy Knittle, violin; and Anjeli Macaranas, violin. All three are students of violinist K.C. Simba-Torres. They perform works by J.S. Bach, Elgar and Sibelius, in this broadcast hosted by David Aus. 

Support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from The Bonner Family Foundation.

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