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. 

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.

Joe Moore

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.


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