• December 12, 2018

    Let’s take a look at the evolution of the Keyboard, from the clavichord to the modern grand piano. As the instruments developed over time, they got bigger, louder, and capable of more nuance.

    Posted 12/12/2018 8:40:06 AM

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  • December 10, 2018

    KUSC’s Alan Chapman has a lot to say about music, but can he say it in 60 seconds? That’s the Chapman Challenge. We ask a question and Alan has a minute to answer it. Today’s question is from Laura in Costa Mesa. She writes, “It’s the big season for Handel’s Messiah. What can you tell me about Handel’s oratorios in sixty seconds?”

    Posted 12/10/2018 8:40:51 AM

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  • December 7, 2018

    Max Richter is a familiar presence in the concert hall, but more and more in the past few years he’s been bringing his smart, minimalist music into the movie theater.

    Mary Queen of Scots is an old story—almost 500 years old—but in first-time director Josie Rourke’s new film, which stars Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie as her sisterly rival, Elizabeth I, this story of two headstrong queens feels urgent and alive. That’s in great thanks to Richter, whose gorgeous score creates a unity between the two eras… and between these two women.

    Posted 12/7/2018 8:40:57 AM

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  • December 5, 2018

    The Nutcracker is as familiar at Christmastime as Ol Saint Nick, but why did Tchaikovsky write this classic ballet and how did it get to the US?

    Posted 12/5/2018 8:40:21 AM

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  • December 3, 2018

    During this season of numerous Nutcrackers, writer and performer Sandra Tsing Loh offers an alternative view of Tchaikovsky’s ballet in a show titled Sugar Plum Fairy, in which she plays a 12-year-old girl who dreams of playing Clara in The Nutcracker.

    Posted 12/3/2018 8:40:06 AM

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  • November 30, 2018

    Here to talk about a historic potboiler and maybe one of the most visually beautiful films ever made, Luchino Visconti’s Senso, is LA Times and KUSC film critic Kenneth Turan with KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal. It’s playing at the Nuart Theater on Santa Monica.

    Posted 11/30/2018 8:40:17 AM

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  • November 27, 2018

    We know you’ve probably already been Nutcrackered to oblivion, and it’s only late November! But trust me, the Westside Ballet production stands out from the crowd. The Santa Monica-based school was founded in 1967 by Yvonne Mounsey, a former New York City Ballet soloist under George Balanchine, and Rosemary Valaire, who was a solo dancer with Britian’s Royal Ballet. The Westside Ballet’s Nutcracker tradition began just six years later. What’s so special about it? Firstly, it’s the 46th season, the longest-running Nutcracker in Los Angeles. The music is live; Tchaikovsky’s familiar score is played by the Santa Monica College Symphony Orchestra. And though the colorful scenery and costumes are thoroughly professional, the performers run the gamut from 5 year-old mice and soldiers to accomplished professionals and all levels in between.

    Posted 11/27/2018 8:40:05 AM

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