• 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 to the singing dunes of Kazakhstan and film reviews from Kenneth Turan.

    Posted 1/14/2017 8:00:31 AM

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  • 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.

    Posted 1/7/2017 8:00:43 AM

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  • December 17, 2016

    Europe has held a near-monopoly on the longtime centers of western classical music. But far away, across the sea, Los Angeles has made a name for itself as a city with a model symphony. So says conductor Sir Simon Rattle. He’s our guest on the Arts Alive podcast. And Gael Garcia Bernal isn’t a conductor, but he does play one on TV. Now on the big screen, he’s playing a fictional man trying to track down one of the world’s most famous poets. Bernal on Neruda, plus Kenneth Turan’s favorite movies of 2016 and an icey Ask the Dean. It’s all on the Arts Alive podcast.

    Posted 12/17/2016 8:00:05 AM

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  • December 10, 2016

    The Amazon streaming TV show Mozart in the Jungle shows a side of the classical music world that would surprise anyone who thinks of its musicians as elite, stoic men and women in black formal wear. We hit the red carpet to talk to some of the show’s stars about its new season. And we head to the Central Library to hear about William Shakespeare helped settle the Wild West. Those stories and more on the Arts Alive podcast.

    Posted 12/10/2016 8:00:47 AM

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  • December 3, 2016

    Since there’s no such thing as too much music, composer Reena Esmail says everyone should feel free to add their voice to the chorus. Esmail is the subject of this month’s KUSC Local Composer Project and she describes how her musical journey brought together Indian classical and western classical music. Plus, the quirky French movie Amelie was a big screen charmer, now it’s a stage musical. Get to know Esmail and Amelie on the Arts Alive podcast.

    Posted 12/3/2016 8:00:29 AM

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  • December 3, 2016

    What the process for writing a piece of music as complex as a symphony? That’s the question for Dean Rob Cutietta of the USC School of Music on this edition of Ask the Dean.

    Posted 12/3/2016 8:00:23 AM

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  • November 19, 2016

    At age 10 most of us are just starting to learn long division, or how much the tooth fairy will leave for a molar. But at that age, Hilary Hahn was tackling Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto — the same one she recently recorded, she tells us how she knew it was time to put it on an album. Plus Merrily We Roll Along has a reputation for being the Sondheim musical no one can get right. Will the production opening this week at The Wallis break the curse? Those stories and more on the Arts Alive podcast.

    Posted 11/19/2016 8:00:46 AM

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