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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


February 13, 2016: Oscars Edition

Right now on the Arts Alive podcast: we’re all about the big screen. It’s our annual Oscar’s show with movie music expert Jon Burlingame taking a close look at this year’s best original score nominees, from John Williams’ 50th to Ennio Morricone’s return to the big screen. Plus, Kenneth Turan says it’s a horse race for best picture. And we talk to the director of A War, about Denmark’s military presence in Afghanistan and nominated for best Foreign Language Film.

Posted 2/13/2016 8:00:00 AM


February 6, 2016: East West Players, CAP UCLA

When a group of Asian-American actors got tired of being offered only stereotypical roles, they formed East West Players, a theater company still going strong 50 years later. Hear more about the company from East West Players Artistic Director Tim Dang. Plus: artists stretch the fence line of what's familiar to us and create cultural memory. So says CAP UCLA director Kristy Edmunds. More with her on this week's Arts Alive podcast.

Posted 2/6/2016 8:00:00 AM


January 30, 2015: Dustin O'Halloran, Fly at the Pasadena Playhouse

When Dustin O’Halloran was just seven, his mother got the organist at her church to started giving him piano lessons. But O’Halloran’s unconventional teacher didn’t just show him the notes, she taught him to make them his own. And now he’s taken home an Emmy for his music in the TV show Transparent. Our interview with O’Halloran is on this week's Arts Alive podcast. Plus a preview of the Pasadena Playhouse’s Fly, inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen; film critic Kenneth Turan talks about Sundance standouts; on Ask the Dean... what happened to Lakme?

Posted 1/30/2016 8:00:00 AM


January 23, 2016: Twyla Tharp, Film Conductors Intensive

choreographer Twyla Tharp says “creativity is an act of defiance.” For Tharp, it’s an act that now stretches over five dynamic decades. Hear Jim Svejda in conversation with Twyla Tharp now on the Arts Alive podcast. Plus, why two dozen conductors hit the beach at sunrise and … is classical “girl music”? We Ask the Dean.

Posted 1/23/2016 8:00:00 AM


January 16, 2016: Author Janet Sternburg, Santa Barbara Symphony's David Pratt

Author Janet Sternburg's new memoir tracks the lives of an aunt and uncle, both early recipients of a so-called miracle treatment – the lobotomy. We talk to the new Santa Barbara Symphony Executive Director, David Pratt, about staying vital through collaboration. Film Critic Kenneth Turan recommends two historic series. Ask the Dean answers the question "when did we start using the term Classical Music."

Posted 1/16/2016 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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