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Young Artists Spotlight

Young Artists Spotlight features performances by talented young student musicians and performers from the San Joaquin Valley. The 2023 season runs from March 31-May 19, 2023.

Young Artists Spotlight is produced by KVPR and hosted by David Aus.

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  • This episode features two string soloists from Fresno and a pianist from Bakersfield.
  • In this episode, we present participants in Fresno State's 6th Annual Art Song Festival
  • This episode features a piano quartet from Fresno State, performing music by Joaquin Turina and Ernst Dohnanyi. They are Jackson Snead (violin), Melissa McGlumphy (viola), Emma Hill (cello), and Alina Xiong (piano).
  • This episode features the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO), from a concert recorded June 11, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fresno, and also pays homage to trumpeter Daniel Edwards, a former member of the BYSO and a past performer on Young Artists Spotlight, who died tragically from COVID in March 2021. We’ll hear Daniel Edwards’ appearance on YAS from March 2009. A centerpiece of the BYSO performance is the world premier of a work commissioned in honor of Daniel Edwards, composed by retired CSUB professor Doug Davis.
  • Violinist Xavion is a student at University High School in Fresno. He performs music of Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Henri Casadesus, and Vittorio Monti.
  • Our guests in this episode are a string quartet from Bakersfield. They all attend Stockdale High School, and they’re all members of Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra, so they call themselves the BYSO Quartet. They perform music by Bach, Boccherini, Brahms, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart.
  • A string quartet from Fresno performs music of Felix Mendelssohn and Aleksandr Glazunov. They are Atom Paz (violin), Rajbir Longia (violin), Eve Nelson (viola), and Elena White (cello). Their coach is Lianna Elmore.
  • A string quartet from Bakersfield performs music of Bach, Handel, Hasse, and Handel, plus guitar music by Mozzani. They are Sanjna Mizar (violin), Rafael Marinas (violin, guitar); Ollie Erickson (viola), and Aden Park (cello).
  • We kick off the 2023 season of Young Artists Spotlight with a performance by violinist Rowan Crass. He performs work of Bach, Lalo, and Paganini.
  • In this final episode from our 2022 season of Young Artists Spotlight, we bring you highlights from some of the most outstanding performances of the season, featuring string soloists ranging from violin to contrabass.