Young Artists Spotlight

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 this season featured socially distanced performances by students in a season that ran from March - June 2021. Check back in spring 2022 for a new season of performances. 

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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. 

On this final episode of the 2021 season of Young Artists Spotlight, we feature more performances from Claire Vega, Emma Woodward, Rowan Crass, Emma Sigala and others. 

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

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we feature a performance from guitarist John Benjie Arriba, a senior at Central High School. He performs solo pieces for guitar. We also feature Free26, a quartet of 8th graders from the Simba School of Music. They are Penelope Freeman (violin), Izzy Cobb (violin), Xavion Torres (viola), and Betsy Woodward (cello).

Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

On this edition of Young Artists Spotlight, host David Aus features Bakersfield violinist Brian Shih, performing Mozart with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, and more.

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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. 

Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we feature performances from three Fresno State vocal performance students: Aunika Bull, Jordan Pulido, and Katie La Blue. 

Anna Jian from Bakersfield’s Stockdale High School performs cello work by Tchaikovsky with the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra and piano work by Mendelssohn.

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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 Christopher Rodriguez

 

Baritone Christopher Rodriguez shares performances from his recent Master’s Recital and discusses the importance and excitement of performing work by living composers.  

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

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Fresno-area harpist Carter Williams enchants with the music of Nino Rota, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Marcel Grandjany.

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

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This season of Young Artists Spotlight is all about trying new things. All new kinds of ways of putting on performances, overcoming hurdles, and working through constraints. And in the spirit of trying new things, in this episode of Young Artists Spotlight, we step outside of our tradition of musical performance, to hear an innovative and original high school production from the Theatre Department at Stockdale High School. In the Fall of 2020, collaborating virtually, they explored the realm of radio drama and wrote their own radio teleplay - Mirror Mirror on the Radio.

Don Priest

This week we feature performances by Fresno area cellist Diego Marrero Perez and vocalist Tiffanie Trujillo.

For this episode, we feature three talented violinists from the Fresno area. They are all in high school, and they all participate in music at the Simba School of Music. Charis Gray performs music of Édouard Lalo, Elsa Macias performs work of Mozart, and Nicole Ward performs music of Archangelo Corelli.  

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.

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

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.

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

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
Valley Public Radio

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. 

Valley Public Radio

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. 

Valley Public Radio

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. 

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