Arts Alive is KUSC’s weekly conversation about the creative communities of Southern California. We bring you interviews with musicians, writers, artists, filmmakers and everyone in between, plus arts news, the Around Town event calendar, LA Times and Arts Alive film critic Kenneth Turan’s reports on new movies, and “Ask the Dean,” with listeners picking the brain of USC Thornton School of Music Dean Rob Cutietta. Tune in every Saturday at 8AM, or catch up on old episodes with the Arts Alive podcast or check out the Arts Alive blog.
A Musical Offering
The Baroque period, from the innovations of Monteverdi to the mastery of J.S. Bach, marks the beginning of “modern” music. Hosted by Alan Chapman, this two-hour weekly program offers splendid performances of this rich repertoire.
The Evening Program
Jim Svejda delights Classical KUSC listeners with his witty, meticulously crafted essays on diverse composers, conductors and artists — as well as his commentary on a wide range of other subjects that attract his musical fancy. See what Jim has planned.
From the Top
From the Top is hosted by Christopher O’Riley and celebrates the passion, dedication and personal stories of the nation’s outstanding young classical musicians. Through entertaining live events and outreach programs, these performers inspire the pursuit of excellence and encourage participation in the arts as an integral part of a vibrant and civil society.
KUSC at the Beach
The afternoon show with Rich has always been a great way to wind down after a busy day. A classical show with a beach frame of mind is especially relaxing. Tune in Fridays, and find out for yourself. And, let Rich know what you’d like to hear on KUSC at the Beach.
KUSC Out and About
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at approx. 8:40am, 11:40am, and 5:40pm
Every Out and About brings you a taste of something exciting happening in the arts over the radio. From the Central Coast to San Diego, from Santa Monica to Palm Springs, there are fascinating people creating incredible art and performances. And we’re covering those experiences on Out and About. When you’re in the mood for a little more, like a longer version of an interview, more Out and About coverage is available online on the Out and About Blog and Out and About Podcast.
Saturday mornings, December through May, 10am
KUSC is home to The Metropolitan Opera broadcast, featuring full-length productions of the latest the Met has to offer, each Saturday morning from December through May. See what’s coming up.
Modern Times explores the vast repertoire of the last hundred years, with special attention to music of the last few decades. See what’s coming up.
The Morning Show
Weekdays, 6-8 am
Join John Van Driel weekday mornings for a blend of music that’s calming and inspiring, tailor-made to start your day. Hop aboard the KUSC Off-To-School Request at 7:15 and tests your wits with the KUSC Great Composer Quiz at 7:45. Kick off your mornings with a nourishing breakfast of classical music favorites that’ll even help you look forward to the commute.
Weekdays at 7:15 am
John Van Driel invites kids and adults to make an Off-To-School request and start the day off on the right note. John will play a request each weekday at 7:15 am, so get your request in now!
The Opera Show
Saturdays, 9am-Noon; during Met Opera season, 9-10 am
The world of opera comes alive with an enthusiastic look through the eyes of host Duff Murphy. Duff provides listeners with a taste of his love of opera — its composers, conductors and artists — with classic and newly-released recordings.
The Record Shelf
Let host Jim Svejda guide you through the best classical recordings on “The Record Shelf.” Each week he reviews classical recordings with a passion and insight only he can provide. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation of classical music as you absorb his irreverent, selective and highly opinionated views of classical CDs. See a list of upcoming programs.
Requests with Dianne Nicolini
Weekdays, 12pm – 3pm
Join Dianne Nicolini each weekday for listener requests from across California and around the world! Let Dianne know what you’d like to hear!
SoCal Sunday Night
Each Sunday Night, we bring you concert broadcasts recorded live from venues across Southern California. Look forward to outstanding performances from the LA Phil, Pacific Symphony, and more! Check out the schedule.
Start your Sunday mornings with a balm for your spirit. Soul Music explores the vast choral tradition that has soothed souls and fed spirits for centuries. Each week, Brian Lauritzen brings you works spanning a millennium, from Gregorian chant to pieces written in our own time, and plenty in between.
Thornton Center Stage
Hosted by Alan Chapman, this is a special program devoted to the artistry of the USC Thornton School of Music. It features a mix of classic material from the school’s impressive archive of live recordings from the 1940s to the present. The USC Thornton School is the only university music school with a regularly broadcast radio program heard in a major media market. See what’s coming up.