• March 22, 2019

    The opening strains of Carl Orff’s 1936 choral masterwork Carmina Burana has been used to underscore any number of movie trailers, product endorsements, and battle scenes from television. This is a piece of music that is recognizable to almost anyone. But how much do you know about where it came from? And who or what is Carmina Burana?

    Posted 3/22/2019 8:40:42 AM

  • March 21, 2019

    Althea Waites is an internationally acclaimed pianist and is currently on the keyboard faculty for the Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University/Long Beach.

    This Saturday, March 23 at 8pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, Jacaranda presents a concert called Flying Dream with Althea Waites performing music by African American composers including Florence Price. I spoke to Jacaranda’s Artistic & Executive Director Patrick Scott and to Waites about how the concert came together, including how Waites helped rescue Price’s composition from musical oblivion.

    Posted 3/21/2019 8:40:58 AM

  • March 20, 2019

    Before Romeo and Juliet, there was Dido and Aeneas. Queen Dido is a widow dedicated to leading her countrymen wisely. Aeneas is fresh off his Trojan War heroics and on a mission to found Rome. The two meet, fall in love, become playthings of the Gods and … things do not end well. It’s a tragic story that has inspired all kinds of creative re-tellings. Right now at the Norton Simon Museum, you can experience visual and audio versions with the exhibition Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido and the accompanying audio tour. We spoke with Gloria Williams Sander, Curator at the Norton Simon Museum, about the treasures on display and to Stacy Brightman, Vice President Education and Community Engagement at the LA Opera, and Holley Replogle-Wong, Program Director Center for Musical Humanities at UCLA, about the special audio tour accompanying the exhibition.

    Posted 3/20/2019 8:40:53 AM

  • March 18, 2019

    Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt learned from Salieri. Vaughan Williams got lessons from Bruch and Ravel. Faure was taught by Saint-Saens. Composers have always learned from one another. Film composer Brian Ralston says when he was a kid, James Horner became his inspiration and first teacher.

    Brian Ralston recently talked to John Van Driel about his music for the new movie “Being Rose”. You can listen to more of their conversation at our website, KUSC.org.

    Posted 3/18/2019 8:40:49 AM

  • March 15, 2019

    A glamorous actress who was known as the “Queen of Scream” and her Oscar-winning screenwriter husband are the unconventional subjects of a UCLA film series this month. I’m Gail Eichenthal. In one of our periodic conversations about the latest movie offerings, I learned from Arts Alive and LA Times Film critic Kenneth Turan the series started with a book.

    Posted 3/15/2019 8:40:59 AM

  • March 13, 2019

    It’s music of meditation and consolation this weekend as the LA Master Chorale performs the Requiem of Maurice Duruflé and a “secular requiem” called How to Go On, by Los Angeles composer Dale Trumbore. In the work, Trumbore offers an answer to the question posed by poet Barbara Crooker following the death of a loved one, “How can we go on, knowing the end of the story?” Trumbore says her music is an exploration of how we confront grief and doubt in our own lives.

    Posted 3/13/2019 8:40:25 AM

  • March 11, 2019

    Thought Experiments in F# Minor is a new LA Phil commission, but you’ll have to follow the cat in the suit and tie to the parking garage to experience it. It’s a dream-like 40 minute walking tour via iPad and surround-sound headphones that experimental opera direct Yuval Sharon says will change how you see Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    Posted 3/11/2019 8:40:36 AM