Valerie Ing

Northern California Program Coordinator | Classical Host

Valerie Ing’s history with JPR goes back to the stone age, when she volunteered to answer phones during the 1981 fund drive. She was still a teenager when she hosted her first music program on the airwaves, and while getting her degree at SOU, she was JPR’s Student Chief Announcer and the station’s first volunteer in the news room. After graduating, Valerie’s adventures included living on islands in Greece & Alaska, but she came back to the State of Jefferson in 2002 as JPR’s Northern California Program Coordinator.  As the sole staffer of the Redding studio where she hosts Siskiyou Music Hall, Valerie is the unofficial foreign ambassador of JPR. Valerie often serves as mistress of ceremonies at the Cascade Theatre, writes a music column for anewscafe.com, and plays second base on the Dirty Dozen co-ed softball team. She used to play bass in a punk rock band, drove a school bus for a few years and can cook Thai food like nobody’s business. Valerie adores her family, which includes husband Eddie, two teenagers and Casper the friendly white Westie.

The Sacramento Philharmonic is resurrected, in more ways than one, with a little help from their friends in Detroit.

The studies may not be so scientific, especially after a few glasses of chardonnay, but some are saying music can affect the taste of wine. (You might want to conduct your own study.)

Walk in the footsteps of tenor Michael Fabiano as he saves the day (with very little notice) at the MET's recent production of Lucia di Lammermoor. It's a little backstage peek of the opera world, bent nails and all.

Has it really been 30 years since Amadeus won 8 Oscars? How time flies. But I always thought Salieri was getting a bad rap. I should've known it had something to do with Pushkin. This story from the BBC has some great Mozart/Salieri nuggets!

Look Out, MET!

Jan 15, 2015

Looks like the Metropolitan Opera won't be the only game in town for much longer.

Courtesy of the US Forest Service

UPDATED| Thursday 9/25/14 4:55 p.m.

The end is in sight for firefighters on the Happy Camp Complex of fires burning in Siskiyou County.  Containment reached 94% by this morning (Sept. 25).

Rain falling on the fire zone is helping.  But a flash flood watch that accompanied the rain prompted fire managers to pull firefighters off fire suppression efforts Wednesday and early Thursday.

Courtesy Shasta Historical Society

Jefferson Public Radio and the Shasta County Historical Society have been awarded the 2014 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award for a collaborative film documenting the building of a Frank Lloyd Wright designed church in Redding, California.

UPDATED | Thursday 5 PM

The heavy rains that fell on the region Wednesday did not produce any new mudslide activity on the southeast flank of Mount Shasta.

A Saturday (Sept. 20) mudslide covered two roads near the mountain; mud, boulders, and debris made Pilgrim Creek Road and Forest Service Road 31 impassable.

Dominic Barth/JPR

UPDATED | Tuesday 5 PM

Students returned to public schools in Weed Tuesday, the first day back since a fire destroyed nearly 150 homes in the city.

Weed Elementary School lost a classroom to the Boles fire on September 15th, and four teachers had to move to different rooms until repairs can be made.

Weed High School was undamaged in the fire, but both schools put restrictions on student movements: no students are allowed to walk to school because of potential danger in the burned area, and no high school students are allowed to leave for lunch.

A local assistance center opened Tuesday at the College of the Siskiyous campus in Weed, adding to the service centers now open (see map) for fire victims.

The center will be open 9 AM-6 PM through Saturday (September 27th), and will be staffed by government agencies from all levels, to let residents begin to replace lost licenses and documents and access services.

City crews began removing household hazardous waste from the burned-over area Monday.  The city continues to work with the county and state to develop a recovery plan for Weed.  Repairs to infrastructure are already underway.

9-19-14
Kerry Greene / US Forest Service

  UPDATE | Friday 09-19  3:30 p.m.

Nearly 6,000 firefighters are battling 12 major fires that are burning nearly 250,000 acres across the state of California, with the lion's share of resources focusing on Siskiyou County. More than 180,000 acres are burning in the Klamath National Forest, including the 130,139 acre Happy Camp Complex fire, which recently merged with the July Complex's Man Fire.

9-10-14
Cheryl Buliavac / Cal Fire

Updated: 8:35 a.m. 9-12-14

Firefighters have made great progress towards containing a wildfire in Shasta County that quickly spiraled out of control Wednesday afternoon, and officials have lifted evacuations in the community of Bella Vista. The Gulch Fire, east of Redding in Jones Valley, jumped from 15 to 45% containment and has burned 1300 acres.

Victoria Reed/JPR

UPDATED 4:08 p.m.

A wildfire north of Redding forced new evacuations and a temporary closure of Interstate Five late this morning.

First fire reports came in around 11 AM.  The fire that Cal Fire says was human caused burned more than sixteen acres in the community of Mountaingate.

Police evacuated homes, businesses, and a school along Wonderland Boulevard and Fawndale Road, and opened an evacuation center at the Family Celebration Center. The evacuations were later lifted.

Courtesy of USFS

  UPDATE | Wednesday 12:27 p.m. 

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect and have been expanded for residents living in the area threatened by the Happy Camp Complex Fire burning in Siskiyou County. That fire is threatening about 250 homes along Highway 96. More information about the Happy Camp Complex Fire is available here.

Justin Corns / Oregon Dept of Forestry via www.rogueweather.com

UPDATED | Friday 9/22 10:16 a.m.

An evacuation advisory in the Applegate has been lifted by fire officials, who say significant progress has been made fighting the Old Blue Mountain Fire burning three miles from Applegate between the towns of Gold Hill & Rogue River. A roadblock on Foots Creek Road was also removed on Thursday.

The 99 acre fire is the largest of eight fires sparked by lightning Monday evening in Jackson and Josephine counties. 

Todd Westlund

UPDATED | Tuesday 1:00 pm 

A recent Gallup poll named Redding as America’s third-most miserable city to live in. When nearly 500 residents were asked about their housing, job satisfaction, emotional and physical health and more, the city ranked 187th out of 189 communities polled.

Now, a local artist has brought to Redding a global participatory art project called Inside Out.  She hopes the project’s startling approach to humanizing the urban landscape can help Redding get its groove back.

Michael Burke

The Cascade Theatre in Redding is halfway through the two-week run of its annual spring musical. With almost 8,000 tickets sold already, the Wizard of Oz is poised to become the biggest grossing production the theater has ever presented. But it’s also one of the most complicated. Valerie Ing went behind the curtain with the show’s creators to find out about the technical magic that went in to putting together the production.

Raindance

Mar 31, 2014
Wikimedia Commons

I read somewhere recently that music flowed from Franz Schubert’s pen as naturally as rain falls from the clouds. Such a fitting analogy. Not just because he was one of the most prolific composers in history, but also because he used rain and water so often in his lieder (poetry written by others that he set to music). He’s not the only one, of course.

Shasta Historical Society

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed over a thousand buildings during his long career.  Only ten were houses of worship, and one of them was the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding. A team of Shasta County historians has produced a film documenting how the church convinced the man who was designing the Guggenheim Museum to take on their commission.

But the  film is less about the famous architect, and more about "the little congregation that could,"which ended up using its own members to build a Frank Lloyd Wright landmark.

Musicologist Walter Clark locates long-lost opera by Spanish composer Enrique Granados

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