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  • February 10, 2020

    A Junkyard Opera Company Reimagines "Frankenstein"

    Theatre, dance, music, experimental design, found objects, and more come together for a modern adaptation of the classic story of Frankenstein this week at The Wallis in Beverly Hills.

    Posted 2/10/2020 8:40:52 AM

  • February 5, 2020

    Pre-Performance Rituals with Pianist Stephen Hough

    Many performers have elaborate rituals that they go through before concerts — Glenn Gould used to soak his forearms in hot water before performances — but Stephen Hough has made a point of never depending on any of them.

    Posted 2/5/2020 8:40:02 AM

  • February 3, 2020

    The Secret Love Affair Hidden in Alban Berg's "Lyric Suite"

    Austrian composer Alban Berg (1885 – 1935) has a relatively small oeuvre, writing only a dozen or so major compositions in his life. However, each piece captures an entire world of emotion and structure and has a fascinating backstory, including one piece that has a secret love affair embedded in the music. Berg’s Lyric Suite is a highly expressive string quartet that was written in 1926. It wasn’t until 50 years later, that musicologists discovered that the piece actually contained a secret dedication and a hidden narrative of Berg’s love affair with Hanna Fuchs-Robettin.

    Posted 2/3/2020 8:40:18 AM

  • January 31, 2020

    Friday Film Chat: A Report From This Year's Sundance Film Festival

    The attention of the film world has been squarely focused on a glamorous ski resort this past week. Filmmakers, performers, distributors, and press from all over the world have converged on Park City, Utah. LA Times and Arts Alive film critic Kenneth Turan has taken it all in. He told KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal about some of his favorites.

    Posted 1/31/2020 8:40:32 AM

  • January 29, 2020

    A Playwright Becomes Librettist

    When writing for the stage, playwright Sarah Ruhl follows her instinct and ear for dialogue. She knows the rhythms of speech and conversation. But for the upcoming world premiere of Eurydice at LA Opera, based on her 2004 play, she had to learn some new techniques that apply in the musical world. Teaming with composer Matthew Aucoin, she had to pare down much of the language.

    Posted 1/29/2020 8:40:00 AM

  • January 27, 2020

    The Composer Who Transformed "Joker"

    Here’s what you need to know about Hildur Guðnadottir: she’s from Iceland, she’s a cellist, she was a frequent collaborator with the late Johann Johannsson, she won an Emmy for her score for HBO’s Chernobyl and she transformed the character of Joker. She didn’t just score his transformation; her music altered Todd Phillips’ direction and Joaquin Phoenix’s performance. For her score, she won a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award and there’s a good chance she’ll take home an Oscar.

    Posted 1/27/2020 8:40:48 AM

  • January 24, 2020

    Chapman Challenge: The Difference Between a Viola and a Viola Da Gamba

    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 Barbara in Long Beach who wants to know “What is the difference between a viola and a viola da gamba?”

    Posted 1/24/2020 8:40:16 AM