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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


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


April 16, 2016: Tribute to Steven Stucky, Composer Harry Gregson-Williams

Earlier this year, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky passed away. In Los Angeles, we feel his absence acutely, because for 21 years, the LA Phil enjoyed a close affiliation with Stucky. This week, we talk to former LA Phil Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and LA Phil President and CEO Deborah Borda about Stucky. And we talk to composer Harry Gregson-Williams about scoring everything from Shrek to HBO's Confirmation. Kenneth Turan gives his take on The Jungle Book and recommends a new film series. On Ask the Dean: why are so many "lost" scores miraculously rediscovered?

Posted 4/16/2016 8:00:00 AM


April 9, 2016: Skirball Cultural Center, Opera Santa Barbara

We round the bases at the Skirball Center, with two exhibits on the historical significance and cultural impact of America’s favorite pastime, the great game of baseball. Plus we talk to Opera Santa Barbara’s Artistic Director about a Puccini double bill sure to make you laugh and weep, and the company’s exciting new plans to spread the love of singing to little divas and divos.

Posted 4/9/2016 8:00:00 AM


April 2, 2016: Steven B. Sample, Lisa Dwan

We pay tribute to former USC President Steven B. Sample who saw something special about USC when others didn't and spent twenty years molding it into an university renowned for its excellence. We talk to Irish actress Lisa Dwan, who is bringing her one-woman Samuel Beckett trilogy to the Broad Stage. Film critic Kenneth Turan calls in to talk about an eclectic trio of films now in theaters. Ask the Dean answers a question about hearing yourself play (hint: it's not a good thing).

Posted 4/2/2016 8:00:00 AM


March 23, 2016: Composer Andrew Norman, Huizache Literary Magazine

Composer Andrew Norman is following the footsteps of greats like Stravinsky and Schoenberg, continuing the legacy of great music composition in Southern California. Norman helps us inaugurate a new spotlight on local composers in a moment. Plus, grab a drink and crack the spine on Huizache, a Texas literary magazine throwing a party in LA.

Posted 3/26/2016 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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