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Arts Alive September 29 at 8AM: The Rite Stuff, Mohn Winner, George Takai, Page on Gould

Posted By: Kelsey McConnell · 9/28/2012 12:20:00 PM



This week's Arts Alive is so Takei! Reporter Luis Torres talks to George Takei about a new musical, Allegiance. In Allegiance, Takei plays Sam Kimura, an isolated and world-weary veteran and war hero from World War II. A surprise visit from a stranger, just after the events of 9/11, launches Sam into a period of rediscovery and reconciliation. Allegiance is at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre through the end of October.


This weekend the LA Phil begins a new season with Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte, the world premiere of Symphony by Steven Stucky and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. The Rite famously provoked a riot at its Paris premiere and has become something of a signature piece for the LA Phil. It was the first thing they played and recorded in Walt Disney Concert Hall back when Esa-Pekka Salonen was on the podium. But with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the piece for the first time, says Principal Bassoon Whitney Crockett, the Rite is a whole new monster. Crockett is on Arts Alive this week, along with Principal Concertmaster Martin Chalifour and Gustavo himself. And you can hear the concert Sunday at 2PM when KUSC broadcasts live from Walt Disney Concert Hall.


Eccentric Canadian pianist Glenn Gould would have turned 80 on September 25th if his life hadn't been cut short by a stroke. Even with his career abridged, he made a huge mark on the classical music world. On the show this week, author and music critic Tim Page talks to Brian Lauritzen about Gould, whom he knew personally, and the cult-like following the pianist inspired.



Artist Meleko Mokgosi took home the first annual Mohn Prize after his work was exhibited in the Hammer Museum's show Made in LA. Marc Pally talks to Mokgosi about his journey from Botswana to Los Angeles and the art he's made along the way.


Dean Cutietta is here for Ask the Dean. The Around Town arts calendar will help you beat Carmageddon and the Arts News covers a new art work that's faster than a speeding bullet... or at least AS fast. Kenneth Turan talks about the time travel tale Looper for his film review this week.





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