Arts Alive is KUSC’s weekly conversation about the creative communities of Southern California. We bring you interviews with musicians, writers, artists, filmmakers and everyone in between, plus arts news, the Around Town event calendar, LA Times and Arts Alive film critic Kenneth Turan’s reports on new movies, and “Ask the Dean,” with listeners picking the brain of USC Thornton School of Music Dean Rob Cutietta. Tune in every Saturday at 8AM, or catch up on old episodes with the Arts Alive podcast.
May 13, 2017
Right now on the Arts Alive podcast … soprano Sondra Radvanovsky’s wrapped up her run as Tosca in LA Opera’s production, but she left a trail of glowing reviews and new fans in her wake. She’s our guest on Arts Alive. Plus, artist Chris Burden changed the look of LACMA with his lines of streetlamps, but a new documentary takes you back to earlier in his career when he was celebrated and reviled as a daredevil provocateur. All that, Ask the Dean and more. It’s all on the Arts Alive podcast
April 29, 2017
This week on Arts Alive, LA Master Chorale assistant conductor Jenny Wong talks about the humility necessary to make great music. Master Chorale soprano and composer Zanaida Robles also joins us to talk about her arrangement of the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Also, how dance can help us address some of the most challenging issues facing society today. And, on Ask the Dean, what makes a period instrument a period instrument?
April 22, 2017
You don’t need a passport for this world tour with stops in Indonesia, Java, Bali, North India and West Africa. You just need to get your tickets to CalArts’ World Music and Dance Festival. We’ll tell you about some of the fascinating artists making their way to Valencia. And meet composer Ethan Treiman. He hasn’t finished high school yet, but he’s already made a mark on LA’s compositional scene. Plus film critic Kenneth Turan on a pair of new documentaries about the LA uprising, Ask the Dean and more. It’s all on the Arts Alive podcast.
April 15, 2017
From the worlds of science fiction and modern art, Pasadena is the site for two exhibitions about tenacious women who set out to change the world. Come with us to the Huntington Library for Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories and then over to the Norton Simon for Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California. Plus, Ask the Dean solves your musical mysteries. That’s all on the Arts Alive podcast.
April 8, 2017
No one writes movie music like John Williams. And from Jaws, to ET to Schindler’s List, some of his most iconic themes have been penned for the films of Steven Spielberg. Williams talks about his decades-long collaboration with Spielberg. Plus, music, art and beer, you’ll find them all at Festival MARS. We talk to the founders. Plus film critic Kenneth Turan on retirees breaking bad on the big screen, Ask the Dean and more.
April 1, 2017
Derrick Spiva is a local composer whose music sounds like Los Angeles – a kaleidoscope of the music people have brought with them to this city. He’s the subject of our latest Local Composers Project. And, music education is a gateway to all kinds of unexpected benefits for kids. Plus, musical exploration can be a whole lot of fun. KUSC is throwing a musical party, our Kids Discovery Day on April 9th. Get the scoop on the Arts Alive podcast.
March 25, 2017
The head coach of LA Opera’s Young Artist Program, says aspiring opera singers need more than just a good voice. They have to have star power and Placido Domingo knows how to spot it. We talk to some of the outstanding singers training in the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. And LA Master Chorale’s Grant Gershon talks about their upcoming concert to celebrate composer John Adam’s 70th birthday. It’s all on the Arts Alive podcast.