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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


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


April 12, 2015: "Mexico: Fantastic Identity" at MOLAA, Violinist Hilary Hahn

We take you to the Museum of Latin American Art to see Mexico: Fantastic Identity. Plus Hilary Hahn went from playing a tiny violin at age 4 to a big career in classical music. For her new album, she tells us, she returned to a pair of concertos she first learned to play as a child. On Ask the Dean: why do we call it "Modern" music when it was written 100 years ago?

Posted 4/11/2015 8:00:00 AM


April 4, 2015: YOLA & LA Phil in Japan, TE San Pedro Rep

The light and somber moments of YOLA and LA Phil’s trip to Japan; a hungry young theater company gets a taste for Shakespeare; film critic Kenneth Turan on three new movies putting art on the big screen; Ask the Dean answers a question about classical programming in the wake of a national tragedy.

Posted 4/4/2015 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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