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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


October 3, 2015: Violinist Simone Porter, LA Conductors on Beethoven

Violinist Simone Porter is a rapidly rising star in the classical music world. One year after she first played with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl , they invited her to Disney Hall. We catch up with Simone Porter on the Arts Alive podcast. And we hear some great stories about Beethoven from some of the other movers and shakers of the LA classical scene. On Ask the Dean: music and movies have gone together since the beginning of film history, but why?

Posted 10/3/2015 8:00:00 AM


September 26, 2015: Chris Rountree, Yana Reznik

Conductor Chris Rountree is gathering tumbleweeds and learning to play the cactus. Pianist Yana Reznik is hosting a talk show and starring in music videos. They're two musicians pulling out all the stops to broaden the reach of classical music. You’ll hear from them both on the Arts Alive podcast. Plus, film critic Kenneth Turan shares a stranger-than-fiction documentary about a mummified leg and … do trends keep classical alive? That’s the question for Ask the Dean.

Posted 9/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


September 19, 2015: Music for the Small Screen, Antigone at A Noise Within

Movie soundtracks may get all the attention, but there’s something special happening in music for the small screen. Writer and Professor Jon Burlingame wrote the book on TV music. Literally. He’s our guest on the Arts Alive podcast. Plus, Antigone is heading to Pasadena, will the tragic sister survive the trip? We take you to A Noise Within to find out. Plus, the Arts News, Around Town arts calendar and a question about hot shot violinists on Ask the Dean.

Posted 9/19/2015 8:00:00 AM


September 12, 2015: Laurie Rubin's Peace on Your Wings, LA-based composer Derrick Spiva

Laurie Rubin went from Phantom of the Opera fan to real life opera singer. Now she’s heading back to musical theater with her own show – inspired by a beloved children’s book. Rubin tells us about Peace on Your Wings. And, we meet LA-based Derrick Spiva, who might be the only composer we’ve ever interviewed who was commissioned by a team of synchronized swimmers. Plus film critic Kenneth Turan weighs in on an awkward hero and a charming documentary. And on Ask the Dean – is German lieder a lost art?

Posted 9/12/2015 8:00:00 AM


September 5, 2015: Paul F. Tompkins' Dead Authors Podcast, Real Women Have Curves at the Pasadena Playhouse

H.G. Wells is interviewing his colleagues from beyond the grave--with a little help from comedian Paul F. Tompkins. Tompkins talks about the origin of the Dead Authors Podcast this week. Plus, a new production of Real Women Have Curves in Pasadena combines powerful storytelling with political reality. And on Ask the Dean: finding the right place for technology and music to meet.

Posted 9/5/2015 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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