Young Artists Spotlight

Thursday at 8:00 PM beginning in March

This unique program presents performances by talented young student musicians and performers from our six county broadcast area. Valley Public Radio's David Aus hosts the program, which returns in 2021 on Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m.beginning March 18, 2021.

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Support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from the Bonner Family Foundation and the California Arts Council's Arts in Public Media grant. 

Courtesy Claire Park

For this episode we welcome back a pair of string soloists who have performed before on Young Artists spotlight — April Park and Claire Park. They are sisters, and they both attend Stockdale High School in Bakersfield. April plays viola, and Claire plays violin. We hear them perform some solo pieces and a duo, with music from Henryk Wieniawski, Fritz Kreisler, William Walton, Arthur Benjamin, and Johann Halverson.

For this episode we turn to string soloists. This week’s artists are all in high school, and they all have studied at the Simba School of Music in Fresno. Violinist Emma Woodward performs music of Max Bruch, violinist Rowan Crass performs work of Fritz Kreisler, and bassist Emma Sigala performs music of Saint-Saëns.

In this episode of Young Artists Spotlight, we welcome another pianist from Bakersfield, Alexander Leung. He is a freshman at Frontier High School. he performs music of Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, and Bartók.

Valley Public Radio's Young Artists Spotlight makes a triumphant return for 2021! Our new season features remote and socially distanced performances from some of the valley's top young musicians. Check back soon for videos from the season posted on our YouTube page, and more. We kicked off the 2021 YAS season on Thursday March 18th 2021 with a performance and interview with a wonderful pianist from Bakersfield, Claire Vega, who performed music of Bach, Beethoven and Gershwin.

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The California Arts Council today announced that it is awarding Valley Public Radio a grant to support the 2021 season of Young Artists Spotlight. The nearly $7,000 grant will support the radio program, and allow the station to expand video and digital components of the project. For over 20 years, Young Artists Spotlight has featured live performances by talented student musicians from the San Joaquin Valley.

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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This week on Young Artists Spotlight we feature four talented musicians from Bakersfield performing in a string quartet. All of the students in this ensemble attend Stockdale High School in Bakersfield and are members of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony. 

Performers:
Brian Shih, violin
Ian Kim, violin
April Park, viola
Anna Jian, cello

Support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from the Bonner Family Founation. 

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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.

David Aus

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. 

Today on Young Artists Spotlight, we continue our series with more performances from the soloists of Youth Orchestras of Fresno. 

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Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature soloists from Youth Orchestras of Fresno, performing from the Barmann Chaney Performance Studio. 

David Aus

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:

Now celebrating their 18th year, the Lindsay High School Guitars are always a highlight of the Young Artists Spotlight season. This year we hear an honors ensemble from the school, led by director Nancy Wills. Today they play some classics, some original pieces by Wills and an original duet written by two of the students themselves. 

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