Arts Alive is KUSC’s weekly conversation about the creative communities of Southern California. We bring you interviews with musicians, writers, artists, filmmakers and everyone in between, plus arts news, the Around Town event calendar, LA Times and Arts Alive film critic Kenneth Turan’s reports on new movies, and “Ask the Dean,” with listeners picking the brain of USC Thornton School of Music Dean Rob Cutietta. Tune in every Saturday at 8AM, or catch up on old episodes with the Arts Alive podcast.
March 25, 2017
The head coach of LA Opera’s Young Artist Program, says aspiring opera singers need more than just a good voice. They have to have star power and Placido Domingo knows how to spot it. We talk to some of the outstanding singers training in the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. And LA Master Chorale’s Grant Gershon talks about their upcoming concert to celebrate composer John Adam’s 70th birthday. It’s all on the Arts Alive podcast.
March 18, 2017
Pianist Emanuel Ax names his favorite composer, talks about decades of creative collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma, and admits to sneaking into Carnegie Hall. And his fellow pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet talks about finding a musical family here in LA. All that and more, on the Arts Alive podcast.
March 11, 2017
KUSC’s partnering with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to collect instruments for deserving kids. We talk to the foundation’s CEO about their mission and how they decide which instruments go where. And Soprano Golda Berkman saw her first opera at age 4. Now she’s striking out for Italy to continue her operatic education, but not before one last hometown concert. Plus film critic Kenneth Turan on an island full of monsters. And on Ask the Dean, does learning a piece of music make an imprint in your brain? It’s all on the Arts Alive podcast.
March 4, 2017
La La Land danced and sang its way into six Academy Awards, we talk to the film’s Oscar-winning composer Justin Hurwitz. Plus, on the latest installment of the KUSC Local Composers Project: meet Julia Adolphe, her Sound Investment commission is about to be premiered by LACO. All that and more, on the Arts Alive podcast.
February 25, 2017
It’s our annual Oscar’s edition. We talk to writer-turned actor Taylor Sheridan about his nominated screenplay for Hell or High Water, and to composer Thomas Newman, nominated for the 14th time for Best Score, this time for Passengers. Plus film critic Kenneth Turan looks into his crystal ball and on Ask the Dean, is there a right way to learn piano?
February 18, 2017
LA opera company The Industry has always been experimental. But they’re really pushing the boundaries now. Yuval Sharon is The Industry’s artistic director. He tells us about a concert of new “works in progress”. Plus, we head to “Dreamland,” the Museum of Latin American Art’s Frank Romero Retrospective. It’s all on the Arts Alive podcast.
February 4, 2017
Right now on the Arts Alive podcast: we’re hanging out in the string section with violinists Daniel Hope and Lisa Batiashvili. Hope tells us why he re-imagined Vivaldi and fell in love with readio. Batiashvili talks about tackling one of Tchaikovsky’s toughest concertos and why we should always turn to Bach. Plus, some Renaissance painters had employees finish their work, have composers ever done the same? We Ask the Dean. All that and more on the Arts Alive podcast.