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Arts Alive with Brian Lauritzen

Classical KUSC's weekly on-air arts magazine


June 18, 2016: Mayor Eric Garcetti, Poet Aram Saroyan

More and more, artists of all kinds are taking advantage of LA’s light, open spaces and open minds. And so, the City of Angels is increasingly known as a city for the arts. We explore this city with Mayor Eric Garcetti and with Aram Saroyan, the minimalist poet who gave the Hammer Museum’s new Made in LA biennial the subtitle: a, the, though, only. Plus, the good word on a trio of films from Kenneth Turan, and we Ask the Dean.

Posted 6/18/2016 8:00:00 AM


June 11, 2016: Anatomy Theater's Timur, All District Honor Band leader Tony White

David Lang’s new opera is not for the faint of heart. "Anatomy Theater" treats the audience as if they are 18th century spectacle-seekers, gathered for one doctor’s bloody exploration of a main character who is both criminal and victim. We talk to the tenor, Timur, who plays the doctor’s conflicted assistant. We also talk to the man in charge of LAUSD's All District Honor Band, Tony White, about what it takes to get LAUSD musicians ready to play world-class venues like the Rose Parade and the Hollywood Bowl. On Ask the Dean: a musician's conundrum... save your hearing, or hear your playing.

Posted 6/11/2016 8:00:00 AM


June 4, 2016: Ojai Music Festival, Little Mermaid Live

Peter Sellars is an opera and theater director who turns classical material into innovative productions. He’s this year’s Ojai Music Festival, music director and he tells us about some of the fascinating women behind this year’s crop of compositions. And the original voice of the Little Mermaid takes us behind the scenes of the beloved animated movie. Plus film critic Kenneth Turan is an American in Paris and we Ask the Dean.

Posted 6/4/2016 8:00:00 AM


May 28, 2016: Composer Eric Whitacre, Choreographer Achinta McDaniels

Since the beginning of humanity, people have connected with one another through song and dance. Composer Eric Whitacre often combines the ancient tradition of group singing with innovative modern technology. Choreographer Achinta McDaniel combines formal ballet training with Bollywood beats. They both say coming together in song or dance brings humans together like nothing else. And they’re both our guests on the Arts Alive podcast.

Posted 5/28/2016 8:00:00 AM


May 21, 2016: Love and Friendship Director Whit Stillman, Verdi Chorus Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum

Science tells us that singing is good for your health, but any opera fan will add that it’s also good for your soul. We talk to the Artistic Director of LA’s Verdi Chorus about the magic of singing opera. And Whit Stillman is the director behind the big screen adaption of a little known novella by Jane Austen. He and Jim Svejda chat about Love and Friendship. Plus Kenneth Turan talks about some of his Cannes Film Festival favorites and we Ask the Dean.

Posted 5/21/2016 8:00:00 AM

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