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Program 724: Music from California’s Central Valley

KALW Broadcast Date: January 8, 2023 | Host: Joseph Bohigian

Although it is often overshadowed by Los Angeles and San Francisco, California’s Central Valley has a long history of contemporary music. New music in the Valley has mostly been centered around Fresno, the region’s largest city. The program starts with music by Valley natives Charles Amirkhanian and Leslie Bassett, followed by former Fresno State professors David Bates and Arthur C. Berdahl. Also featured are music by composers Jordan De La Sierra, Deborah Kavasch, and Terry Allen, and singers Dorothy Renzi and Helene Joseph-Weil.

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Charles Amirkhanian, Symphony 1, Op. 10 1965

Title: Symphony I
Composer: Charles Amirkhanian
Performers: Charles Amirkhanian, Ted Batkin, Leroy Isom, Douglas Rippey, and Wayne SanFilippo, percussion; Richard Edwards, trombone; Larry Johansen, Ned Spina, and Russell Carlson, trumpets; Suze Ritter, viola; John Jones, stage; and Lester Brothers, piano and time chart
Recording Title: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia: An All-American Recital
Record Label: Private recording

Leslie Bassett

Title: To Music
Composer: Leslie Bassett
Performers: Dorothy Renzi, soprano; Bob Bennet, piano
Recording Title: The Music of Leslie Bassett – Fresno State College – November 20, 1966
Record Label: Private recording

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Title: Till Then
Composer: David Bates
Performers: Sally Christian
Recording Title: Ode to Gravity: The Music of David Bates
Record Label: Private recording

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Title: Morning Concert: A Visit with Arthur Berdahl (1976)
Composer: Arthur C. Berdahl
Performers: Arthur C. Berdahl, Charles Amirkhanian

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Title: Requiem for Grace
Composer: Arthur C. Berdahl
Performers: Fresno Philharmonic; Arthur C. Berdahl, conductor
Recording Title: Music by the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra
Record Label: Private recording

Henry Cowell at the piano

Title: Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 3
Composer: Henry Cowell
Performers: Fresno Philharmonic; Guy Taylor, conductor
Recording Title: Music by the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra
Record Label: Private recording

Jordan De La Sierra, Piano Music, Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose

Title: Music for Gymnastics (excerpt)
Composer: Jordan De La Sierra
Performers: Jordan De La Sierra
Recording Title: Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose
Record Label: Unity Records
Catalog Number: UR 701

Helene Joseph-Weil

Title: Circles
Composer: Luciano Berio
Performers: Helene Joseph-Weil, mezzo-soprano; Ellie Choate, harp; Michael Downing and Adam Pietz, percussion
Recording Title: Orpheus Concert, April 29, 2012
Record Label: Private recording

Deborah Kavasch

Title: Admonition
Composer: Deborah Kavasch
Performers: Deborah Kavasch
Recording Title: Admonition
Record Label: Private recording

LUBBOCK (on everything), TERRY ALLEN

Title: Truckload of Art
Composer: Terry Allen
Performers: Terry Allen
Recording Title: Lubbock (on everything)
Record Label: Fate Records
Catalog Number: 33996

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