Podcasts / Arts Alive

  • July 11, 2019

    On July 12 and 13th, you can catch a one-of-a-kind event: Adés & McGregor: A Dance Collaboration. Witness an amazing collaboration between composer/conductor Thomas Adés, The Royal Ballet, the Company Wayne McGregor and the LA Philharmonic.

    Posted 7/11/2019 8:40:41 AM

  • June 14, 2019

    Anthony Davis joined KUSC’s John Van Driel to discuss Long Beach Opera’s upcoming opera, the World Premiere of Davis’ “The Central Park Five”. The opera explores the interrogation and coerced confessions of five teenagers wrongly convicted of a crime in New York City in the ’80s. It features a libretto by Richard Wesley while the production is designed and directed by Andreas Mitisek. The opera is conducted by Leslie Dunner. Performances are at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro on June 15 and June 22 at 7:30 and June 23 at 2:30. You can learn more about the upcoming performances and buy tickets at longbeachopera.org.

    Posted 6/14/2019 12:00:24 PM

  • June 13, 2019

    The world of composer Inon Zur is expansive and ever growing. Through his composer’s pen, we have trained to be an elite warrior in Star Trek: Klingon Academy, visited mysterious cities to the north in the Syberia franchise, fought off the Darkspawn as a member of the Grey Wardens in Dragon Age, and learned that war never changes in Fallout. His music is grand in scope, cinematic, at times dark and mysterious, and other times smiling with a wry sense of humor. We had the immense pleasure of sitting down with Inon on the eve of his album release.

    Posted 6/13/2019 8:00:10 AM

  • June 12, 2019

    How do you score a film that’s not only about Elton John—who’s created some of the most memorable pop music melodies of the past 50 years… but one that’s also a lavish movie musical using those songs? That was Matthew Margeson’s challenge on Rocketman.

    Posted 6/12/2019 8:00:30 AM

  • May 31, 2019

    Every year, Southern California’s most adventurous and open-minded classical music audiences gather in the idyllic surroundings of Ojai’s Libbey park to experience a unique and intimate music festival. Since 1947, the series has been curated by an individual music director: composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland; performers such as soprano Dawn Upshaw and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. This year, the music director is a soprano and conductor rolled into one: boundary-shattering musical dynamo Barbara Hannigan. KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal got the scoop from longtime Ojai Festival Artistic Director Thomas Morris, who says, the Ojai Music Festival is a powerhouse of new music with an audience that wants to be challenged.

    Posted 5/31/2019 8:40:15 AM

  • May 29, 2019

    USC Thornton School alumnus Bear McCreary is currently enjoying a stellar career as a composer for motion pictures, television and video games. His soundtrack for the new movie The Professor and Madman was recently released, his score for Godzilla: King of the Monsters is about to come out, and he has four more projects in the works. He achieved early success in television with his music for the remake of Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead. McCreary told me it’s more than the genre or the medium that excites him.

    Posted 5/29/2019 12:00:30 PM

  • May 29, 2019

    You heard his piano-playing in last year’s Green Book — those were actually his hands whenever you saw Don Shirley’s hands onscreen. He also wrote the score. Now, composer Kris Bowers is taking on an even more serious, real-life subject: the tragic story of five teenagers wrongfully convicted of a rape in Central Park in 1989. Contributing reporter Tim Greiving visited Bowers at his studio.

    Posted 5/29/2019 8:40:43 AM