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.
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.
January 28, 2017
On this edition of the podcast…we wrap up our four-part series about the musical connections between Los Angeles and Kazakhstan with a song. Rashaun Jumaniyazova reflects on the importance of music in the lives of the Kazakh people. Jumaniayazova started and runs the first classical music station in central Asia. How Classical KUSC in Los Angeles helped get Radio Classic on the air…and what KUSC learned from Radio Classic. Also, what started out as a mysterious entry in the Cannes film festival turns into an Oscar-nomination for Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. Plus, LA Times and Arts Alive film critic Kenneth Turan gives us the film forecast from another major festival—in snowy Park City, Utah – Sundance! And on Ask the Dean: the bass times two. Why do we call it the double bass? Dean Rob Cutietta of the USC Thornton School of music and Kaufman School of Dance plumbs the depths on this week’s installment of Ask the Dean.
January 21, 2017
From our series on the classical connection between LA and Kazakhstan, we hear the world premiere of the Silent Steppe Cantata, three years in the making. And singer Storm Large traded punk and rock clubs for concert halls when she sang Kurt Weil’s The Seven Deadly Sins with LACO. What was it like to jump genres? She tells us all about it on the Arts Alive podcast.
January 14, 2017
Right now on the Arts Alive podcast … Tenor Arnold Livingston Geis says when you’re a singer in LA, you have to be up for anything. One week you could be singing Beethoven, the next week a top secret movie score. Our interview with Geis, plus a trip the the famous steppes of Eurasia in Kazakhstan and film reviews from Kenneth Turan.
January 7, 2017
Right now on the Arts Alive podcast… our Local Composers Project takes a twenty hour plane ride. It’s the first in a four part series about LA’s Kazakhstan connection. And … first it was 9, then 24, now over 200. It’s the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and its founder Charles Dickerson says a music education teaches more than just how to hold a violin. There are life lessons in every note. Those stories and more on the Arts Alive podcast.