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Arts Alive with Brian Lauritzen

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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.

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Arts Alive with Brian Lauritzen

Classical KUSC's weekly on-air arts magazine


August 29, 2015: Luis Alfaro's A Medea in Los Angeles, Cellist Johannes Moser

Greek tragedy ... LA style. Medea is getting a make-over thanks to writer Luis Alfaro. Alfaro is our guest on the Arts Alive podcast. Plus, one of the world’s most exciting cellists, Johannes Moser talks to Jim Svejda. Kenneth Turan reviews a trio of new movies. And on Ask the Dean – were Bach and Mozart famous in their own time?

Posted 8/29/2015 8:00:00 AM


June 20, 2015: Festival Mozaic, Yarlung Records

Music Director Scott Yoo gives us a sneak peak of Festival Mozaic, the festival bringing chamber music to scenic San Luis Obispo locales, including a special series that bares all; Yarlung Records founder Bob Attiyeh explains why his label, celebrating its 10th anniversary, embraces analog for high quality recordings of new artists; Kenneth Turan recommends a pair of new films and we Ask the Dean.

Posted 6/20/2015 8:00:00 AM


June 13, 2015: Pipa player Wu Man, To Live and Dine in LA's Josh Kun

How Wu Man mastered the difficult Chinese instrument called a pipa and what she's bringing to the Ojai Music Festival; "A menu isn't just a menu," says Josh Kun about To Live and Dine in LA, a new book and exhibit that mines a huge collection of historical menus for revelations about LA; Around Town with the arts calendar; why British music terms didn't stick after their trip across the pond on Ask the Dean.

Posted 6/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


June 6, 2015: Steven Schick, Golden State Pops

Steven Schick says when you’re a percussionist, anything can be an instrument. He’s taking that outlook to the Ojai Music Festival as this year’s Music Director. What does he have in store? He tells us all about it. And we celebrate the great scores of 1985, from Back to the Future to Out of Africa, with the Golden State Pops Orchestra. Film critic Kenneth Turan reviews three very different films, covering war, music and end of life. And Dean Rob Cutietta has a lament for librettists on Ask the Dean.

Posted 6/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


May 30, 2015: Philip Glass, David Shire

Composer Philip Glass has written music for the stage, screen, opera house, and the concert hall... and now he's written a memoir. Glass is our guest. Plus composer David Shire tells us about "Waterfall", his new musical about an international love triangle. On Ask the Dean, is there such thing as pure music?

Posted 5/30/2015 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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