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. 

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).


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.

Rei Hotoda, music director of the Fresno Philharmonic joined Valley Public Radio's David Aus this week to discuss the orchestra's upcoming concert Beethoven@250: The Revolutionary. The Sunday January 19th concert will find the orchestra performing the Fidelio Overture, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" and his Triple Concerto, featuring Rei Hotoda, piano; Concertmaster Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin; and cellist Julie Albers.

Tulare County Symphony

The Sequoia Symphony Orchestra opens their 2019-2020 season with a live performance of the film “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” at the Visalia Fox Theatre on Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19. The orchestra will perform the score live alongside a screening of the film. FM89’s David Aus spoke with music director Bruce Kiesling about composer John Williams, the importance of film music, and how a symphony prepares for this kind of performance.

Jake Shimabukuro

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro has been stretching the boundaries of the instrument’s capabilities for a couple of decades now. A mid-2000’s YouTube video of him went viral and brought him to worldwide recognition. He is currently winding up a US tour, working his way down the West coast, before heading to Japan for a month of tour dates. His latest album, The Greatest Day, was released in late 2018 to critical acclaim. His trio are performing Sunday October 20th at the Tower Theatre in Fresno.

Count Basie Orchestra

Making audiences feel good: That’s the goal of the Count Basie Orchestra, which formed nearly 85 years ago under the leadership of celebrated jazz musician and composer Count Basie. The group will be performing what it’s dubbed “explosive jazz” at the Visalia Fox Theater on October 11 and the Bakersfield Fox Theatre on October 12. In this interview, FM89’s David Aus previews the concerts with director Scotty Barnhart, getting a taste of what makes the group’s sound unique and what audiences can expect next week.

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Today on Young Artists Spotlight we conclude the 2019 broadcast series with the winners of the Fresno Musical Club Scholarships for this year: cellist Diego Marrero and soprano Tiffanie Trujillo. Enjoy their performance in this week's show live from the Barmann-Chaney Performance Studio. 

Right on the heels of Easter, the Fresno Master Chorale concludes its season on April 28 with an epic work by Johann Sebastian Bach. In this interview, we speak with Artistic Director Anna Hamre and soloist Terry Lewis about their upcoming performance of Bach’s "St. John Passion".

Listen to the interivew above to hear why "St. John Passion" is different from other classic choral works, and how Lewis approaches the character of Jesus Christ throughout the performance.

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Violinist Alex Bailey, pianist Marisa Lifquist, and cellist/page-turner Lydia Lifquist perform this week on Young Artists Spotlight in a concert featuring the music of Max Bruch.

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Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature a performance from the brass quintet of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature the Central Unified Guitars, under the direction of Brian Garcia.  Listen to these 23 talented young performers. 

On this week's Young Artists Spotlight, we hear a performance from students from the Bakersfield Youth Symphony. The BYSO First Quartet features Violin 1 - Isaac Kim Violin 2 - Brian Shih Viola - April Park Cello - Anna Jian.

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Today on Young Artists Spotlight, we hear music from two sisters from Bakersfield - twins Claire Soyoon Park and April Soyeong Park --  twin pianists from Bakersfield, both of them students of Bonnie Farrer, who provided the following biographies:

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This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we feature another choral group from the south valley. Tune in and listen to the Chamber Choir from Centennial High School in Bakersfield as they perform live from the Barmann Chaney Performance Studio. Their director is Patrick Burzlaff. 

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Today's guests on Young Artists Spotlight are a group of string players led by 17-year-old Isaac Kim. They perform under the name Music of Bakersfield at local nursing homes, and also at private functions. Many of the members of the group are also part of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

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

Courtesy of John McCutcheon

Wisconsin-bred, Georgia-based musician John McCutcheon is folk music's Renaissance man — master multi-instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author.  

His latest album is a tribute to his long-time friend and mentor Pete Seeger. John McCutcheon will be performing at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Fresno on Thursday, January 17, in a concert presented by the Fresno Folklore Society.