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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


May 28, 2016: Composer Eric Whitacre, Choreographer Achinta McDaniels

Since the beginning of humanity, people have connected with one another through song and dance. Composer Eric Whitacre often combines the ancient tradition of group singing with innovative modern technology. Choreographer Achinta McDaniel combines formal ballet training with Bollywood beats. They both say coming together in song or dance brings humans together like nothing else. And they’re both our guests on the Arts Alive podcast.

Posted 5/28/2016 8:00:00 AM


May 21, 2016: Love and Friendship Director Whit Stillman, Verdi Chorus Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum

Science tells us that singing is good for your health, but any opera fan will add that it’s also good for your soul. We talk to the Artistic Director of LA’s Verdi Chorus about the magic of singing opera. And Whit Stillman is the director behind the big screen adaption of a little known novella by Jane Austen. He and Jim Svejda chat about Love and Friendship. Plus Kenneth Turan talks about some of his Cannes Film Festival favorites and we Ask the Dean.

Posted 5/21/2016 8:00:00 AM


May 14, 2016: Tim Robbins, Robert deMaine

Actor Tim Robbins says not only can the theater introduce new concepts to audiences, it’s one of the last places you can ask people to set aside their cell phones for a couple of hours. He tells us about a new play he’s written and is working shopping with The Actor’s Gang. Plus, LA Phil principal cellist Robert deMaine tells us about the travails of traveling with a cello, and the legacy of Piatigorsky International Cello Festival namesake Gregor Piatigorsky.

Posted 5/14/2016 8:00:00 AM


April 30, 2016: Speranza Scappucci, Matthew Aucoin, SFMOMA

Speranza Scappucci says she doesn't mind when people ask her about her experience as a woman on the podium; A Twentysomething that the New York Times calls opera's great hope; and, a sneak peak at the newly-renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Posted 4/30/2016 9:40:00 PM


April 23, 2016: Hear Now Festival, Redlands Opera Theatre

We lend an ear to the Hear Now Festival, featuring new works by local composers, including a premiere from Emmy-winner Jeff Beal, who crafted the unmistakable sound of House of Cards. Plus, Redlands Opera Theatre is setting Mozart’s Don Giovanni as a 1940’s radio drama. The company’s co-founders tell us all about that and their exciting plans for next season. Plus, are studio musicians super human? We Ask the Dean.

Posted 4/23/2016 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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