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  • March 13, 2020

    Friday Film Chat: A New Thriller Out of Germany

    A new thriller out of Germany is the focus of Kenneth Turan’s film review this week. The LA Times and Arts Alive film critic spoke to KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal.

    Posted 3/13/2020 8:40:14 AM

  • March 9, 2020

    Two Brothers Score Two Brothers in Pixar's "Onward"

    Pixar films are famous for their tear-jerking powers, and the studio’s latest is no exception. Onward may have a high-concept fantasy premise—a modernized, suburban version of a land of dragons, wizards, and unicorns—but the emotional core is very true-to-life.

    Posted 3/9/2020 8:40:20 AM

  • March 6, 2020

    How Do You Loan a Stradivarius?

    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 Lee in San Diego who writes, “I recently attended a concert where the violinist was playing a Stradivarius that was on loan. How does that work?”

    Posted 3/6/2020 8:40:49 AM

  • March 4, 2020

    How Classical Music Powers a Child’s Brain

    It may be an exaggeration to say that Mozart makes us smarter, but in a unique study, scientists at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) have linked classical music training with improved brain function in kids.

    Posted 3/4/2020 8:40:25 AM

  • March 2, 2020

    The Story Behind the "Borrowed" Melodies of Brahms and Liszt

    Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms both wanted to capture the vibrant folk music of Hungary in their compositions. Brahms through his 21 Hungarian Dances written in 1879 and Liszt through his 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies published between 1851 and 1886. Both composers borrowed their melodies from actual Hungarian folk songs, oftentimes sharing the same material. For example, the same celebratory folk song is used by Liszt in his Hungarian Rhapsody No. 8 as Brahms in his Hungarian Dance No. 3.

    Posted 3/2/2020 8:40:06 AM

  • February 14, 2020

    Friday Film Chat: A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

    On Arts Alive today, LA Times and Arts Alive film critic Kenneth Turan tells us about a perfect Valentine’s Day entertainment for lovers of sheep, and, of stop-motion animation. He spoke to KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal.

    Posted 2/14/2020 8:40:51 AM

  • February 12, 2020

    A Preview of the LA Phil's Fully Staged Performances of the Kurt Weill/Bertold Brecht Masterpiece, "The Seven Deadly Sins"

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s survey of the politically-charged Weimar Republic era continues this weekend at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Esa Pekka-Salonen will conduct the orchestra and soloists in fully staged performances of the Kurt Weill/Bertold Brecht masterpiece, The Seven Deadly Sins. KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal has a preview.

    Posted 2/12/2020 8:40:54 AM