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Arts Alive with Brian Lauritzen

Classical KUSC's weekly on-air arts magazine


November 21, 2015: Carter Burwell, Women's Center for Creative Work

Carol is a new movie that often leans on its music to communicate what the characters are leaving unsaid. We talk to the film’s composer, Carter Burwell. Plus, take a trip to the Women’s Center for Creative Work, a place that’s saying yes to a variety of conversations, programs and exhibitions. And why can’t the chorale kids enunciate? That’s the question for Dean Rob Cutietta of the USC Thornton School of Music on Ask the Dean.

Posted 11/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


November 14, 2015: Anne Akiko Meyers, Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Jim Svejda and violinist Anne Akiko Meyers chat about her new album, devoted to the sound of amor; an interview with Lisa Immordino Vreeland, whose new documentary takes as its subject “the wayward Guggenheim,” bohemian art collector Peggy Guggenheim; Kenneth Turan plucks some gems from a local archive; what would you call that person with the baton? We Ask the Dean.

Posted 11/14/2015 8:00:00 AM


November 7, 2015: James Conlon, Dale Trumbore

When it comes to Jake Heggie's opera "Moby Dick", LA Opera Artistic Director James Conlon isn't afraid to say he’s a fan. James Conlon is our guest on the Arts Alive podcast. And get to know choral composer Dale Trumbore, one of the artists chosen to represent the city for LA Master Chorale's Made in LA project. Then on Ask the Dean, “spit valves” may sound unsavory, but without them the show can’t go on… or can it? Dean Rob Cutietta of the USC Thornton School of Music solves the case of the missing spit valve.

Posted 11/7/2015 8:00:00 AM


October 31, 2015: The Industry's Hopscotch, Rufus Wainwright

Re-making opera for the modern age. LA company The Industry is breaking apart the age-old art form, and pushing the pieces onto the open road for Hopscotch, an opera performed in 24 moving cars. Plus, when inspiration and opportunity combined, singer Rufus Wainwright found himself writing an opera. Kenneth Turan stops by to review two major star-vehicles and an intense documentary. And from sopranos in Sweden to Italian tenors … we Ask the Dean how geography influences the voice.

Posted 10/31/2015 8:00:00 AM


October 17, 2015: Pianist Althea Waites, Author David Ulin

Pianist Althea Waites and an LA orchestra founded to create opportunities for musicians give a rarely performed Beethoven work a chance; we go “Sidewalking” with author David Ulin, who talks about taking a walk and coming to terms with LA; Kenneth Turan reviews a claustrophobic survival story and a spy drama from the history books; how can the Hollywood Bowl orchestra sound so good even from the bleacher seats? That’s the question for Ask the Dean.

Posted 10/17/2015 8:00:00 AM

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