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. 

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.

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Classical pianist Shaw Wosner joined FM89's David Aus to talk about his upcoming concert in Fresno for the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series, featuring the music of Chopin and Schubert. 

Shervin Lainez

Pianist and composer Pascal Le Boeuf returns to northern California in late May with a nine-piece jazz-classical hybrid ensemble for a string of performances from his large scale work “Ritual Being.” This suite explores the differential manifestation of human behavior at micro (individual) and macro (en masse) scales, and how these "rituals" can be propitious or disastrous. FM89’s David Aus spoke with Pascal about this tour, his recent Grammy nomination, and what it’s like to compose for and perform with a jazz quintet and traditional string quartet.

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This week on Young Artists Spotlight we feature over 40 students from the Strolling Strings of Panama-Buena Vista Union School District in Bakersfield. This exciting and talented group performs across Kern County for audiences in concerts and special events and this week they bring their enthusiastic music to FM89. 

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Today on Young Artists Spotlight we hear performances from talented trombone, oboe, French horn and piano soloists from Bakersfield. We hear from Daniel Ramos, oboe; Nicole Bonna, trombone; Abby Higgins, French horn and Andrew Ramirez, piano.

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This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear a performance from a string quartet featuring students from Bakersfield instructor Becky Brooks: 

Kelsey Jian (violin) Claire Park (violin) John Son (viola)  Shannon Lee (cell0)

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we featuring violin soloists from the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. 

Melissa Wong                                                                                                                          

Handel Violin Sonata no. 4, in D Major HWV 371

Mvt. II: Allegro

Larry Zhao                                                                                                                                 

J. S. Bach Sonata no. 1 for Violin Solo,  in G minor, BWV 1001

Mvt. I: Adagio

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Today on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we feature the music of the Lindsay Guitars from Lindsay High School. This group is a favorite of FM89 audiences and has been performing on the program for many years thanks to the leadership of director Nancy Wills. This year we hear two ensembles and a guitar duo:

LHS Honor Group:

Castle on a Cloud, from Les Miserables

Wild Mountain Thyme - Scottish Folk Song

Miguel Moreno and Nancy Wills:

Romance - Anonymous

LHS Advanced Guitar Ensemble:

Oye Mi Ritmo, Based on a South American Theme

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we feature string soloists from the programs of Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF). 

Natalie Han, cello

Squire, Tarantella Op. 23

Julie Han, piano

Olivia Lin, cello          

J. S. Bach, Suite for Cello Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008  

Prelude, Allemande, Courante                                                                                   

Julianne Hsu, cello

C. Saint-Saens, Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Finale

Matt Dean, piano

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we feature four violinists from Bakersfield, Brian and Philip Shih; Issac and Ian Kim. 

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

This week's Young Artists Spotlight features performances from the guitar students of Central Unified School District instructor Brian Garcia. These Fresno-area students are making a return visit to the Barmann-Chaney Performance Studio. 

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

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This week we feature performances by Kern County piano students Shannon Lee & Anna Jian. Both are students of Bakersfield-based piano instructor Bonnie Bogle. 

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

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