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Arts Alive with Brian Lauritzen

Saturdays at 8 a.m.

Arts Alive is KUSC's arts magazine of the air. Each week on Arts Alive, we bring you news from the arts, our Around Town event calendar, Kenneth Turan's film reports, features on artists, exhibitions and performances and "Ask the Dean," where listeners pick the brain of USC Thornton School of Music Dean Rob Cutietta. Tune in each week, or listen to the podcast for a trip through the dynamic arts landscape of Southern California.

Arts Alive Podcasts

Arts Alive with Brian Lauritzen

Classical KUSC's weekly on-air arts magazine


May 23, 2015: The National's Bryce Dessner, Matilda the Musical

From the heights of indie rock to classical music composition, we talk to Bryce Dessner (The National) about his new piece premiering at the LA Phil next weekend. Plus, we take you behind the scenes of the smash hit musical Matilda with composer and comedian Tim Minchin. LA Times and Arts Alive film critic Kenneth Turan rings us up from the Cannes Film Festival. He tells us about five films making waves this year…and his not-so-secret Orangina addiction. On Ask the Dean, Dean Rob Cutietta of the USC Thornton School of Music answers a question about the role of conductors in helping audiences understand concert hall etiquette.

Posted 5/23/2015 8:00:00 AM


May 16, 2015: Deaf West Theatre, Julia Wolfe

How a theater company for deaf artists and audiences, Deaf West Theatre, is mounting the popular musical Spring Awakening; Prize-winning composer and renegade Julia Wolfe tells us about writing the piece that just won her a Pulitzer; Arts News; Around Town arts calendar; Ask the Dean breaks down the science of playing with the speed of sound.

Posted 5/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


May 2, 2015: REDCAT's International Children's Film Festival, Dance Media Film Festival

Big inspiration comes in small packages at REDCAT's International Children's Film Festival; a celebration of dance springs onto the silver screen with the Dance Media Film Festival; Kenneth Turan reviews an action movie, a fashion film and a cult classic; Ask the Dean fields a question from left field.

Posted 5/2/2015 8:00:00 AM


April 25, 2015: Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra is ending their first season with a conductorless performance of Mahler’s 4th—we talk to their founder and the composer whose new work they’ll debut; an interview with LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne about the intersection of music and architecture; the latest arts news; a trip Around Town with the Arts Alive calendar; on Ask the Dean, Dean Rob Cutietta of the USC Thornton School of Music answers the question “is there an international language for conductors.”

Posted 4/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


April 18, 2016: Bartok in the Ballpark, American Youth Symphony

Host Brian Lauritzen and his KUSC colleagues weigh in on classical music for baseball players at bat; the American Youth Symphony doesn't look a day over 50, we take you to a rehearsal; Dean Rob investigates a mysterious Tchaikovsky symphony on Ask the Dean; film critic Kenneth Turan on three films he calls fascinating; Arts News; Around Town arts calendar.

Posted 4/18/2015 8:00:00 AM

The producer and host of Arts Alive is Brian Lauritzen. The production director is Mark Hatwan. Kelsey McConnell serves as Executive Producer.

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