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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.

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Arts Alive with Brian Lauritzen

Classical KUSC's weekly on-air arts magazine


December 13, 2014: The Nutcracker!

Tchaikovsky called it "ugly" but The Nutcracker became the most performed ballet in the world anyway. A history of the piece and its wide-ranging renditions; The City of Los Angeles Ballets's "The Nutcracker Swings"; Kenneth Turan on a big budget epic and a Cannes favorite; Ask the Dean talks about the anatomy of an encore.

Posted 12/13/2014 8:00:00 AM


December 6, 2014: Into the Woods, Fiddler on the Roof

We talk to the director of the upcoming Into the Woods movie, and one bringing a production to a SoCal stage; an interview with the author of a new book about Fiddler on the Roof, now celebrating it's 50th anniversary; Opera or Musical? That's the question on Ask the Dean.

Posted 12/6/2014 8:00:00 AM


November 22, 2014: Grant Gershon, Esterio Segura

Conductor Grant Gershon on the rainforest of sound in Daniel Catán's opera Florencia en el Amazonas; Cuban artist Esterio Segura gets his first solo US museum exhibit thanks to MOLAA; film critic Kenneth Turan on Happy Valley and Hunger Games; and on Ask the Dean, Caroline missed her viola, what should she do?

Posted 11/21/2014 2:02:00 PM


November 15, 2014: Conductor Roger Kalia, Redlands Opera Theatre

Roger Kalia talks about a unique opportunity to learn what they don't teach you in conducting school; how two young sopranos turned swapping stories into the Redlands Opera Theatre; Arts News; Around Town arts calendar: on Ask the Dean... what's Tchaikovsky doing on the 4th of July?

Posted 11/15/2014 8:00:00 AM


November 8, 2014: King Lear on the Westside, Julius Caesar on the Eastside

From Fresh Prince to King Lear & from deep space to deep betrayal, two Shakespeare productions on now in LA; film critic Kenneth Turan celebrates the film bounty of fall and' on Ask the Dean, does the instrument you play help or hurt when it comes to college admissions.

Posted 11/8/2014 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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