Podcasts / Arts Alive

  • November 13, 2019

    Music You Can Dance To! That’s the theme of this weekend’s New West Symphony concerts, part of the orchestra’s 25th anniversary season under new music director Michael Christie. The concerts take place Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Sunday at 3pm at Camarillo’s Rancho Campaña Performing Arts Center.

    Posted 11/13/2019 8:40:37 AM

  • November 11, 2019

    One of the long-held dreams of amateur inventors – like building the proverbial ‘better mousetrap’ – is to come up with a way to create a machine that powers itself, without ever slowing down or stopping. The quest for Perpetual Motion isn’t only limited to devices, though – it’s also used as a musical concept. Composers such as Niccolò Paganini and Johann Strauss II have works that seem to go on and on without ever stopping.

    Posted 11/11/2019 8:40:21 AM

  • November 8, 2019

    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 George in Santa Monica who wants to know what happens when a violinist breaks a string.

    Posted 11/8/2019 8:40:16 AM

  • November 6, 2019

    For 12 years, players have been able to step into the shoes of an elite secret society of hooded warriors who have sought to right wrongs and fight against political injustice. The Assassin’s Creed series has taken us everywhere from the dusty streets of 12th century Jerusalem, to the Italian Renaissance, Colonial America, on the high seas with a band of pirates, to ancient Egypt, and the mythical city of Atlantis. Like the franchise’s geographical settings, the musical scores are equally expansive and epic.

    Posted 11/6/2019 8:40:04 AM

  • November 4, 2019

    The Grammy Award-winning PARTCH Ensemble heads to Jacaranda for a performance of Partch’s The Wayward – a chronicling of composer Harry Partch’s life from 1935 – 1941. The PARTCH ensemble plays fourteen custom-built instruments, including a few that were built just for this specific piece.

    Posted 11/4/2019 8:40:34 AM

  • November 1, 2019

    For today’s Arts Alive, Los Angeles Times and KUSC film critic Kenneth Turan tells us about a new high-budget feature that made a big splash at the recent New York Film Festival. Turan tells KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal, at first glance, it might not seem like an original concept.

    Posted 11/1/2019 8:40:56 AM

  • October 23, 2019

    Listen to our extended conversation between KUSC Contributor Tim Greiving and Robert Pattinson.

    Posted 10/23/2019 8:41:05 AM