From the Central Coast to San Diego, from Santa Monica to Palm Springs, there are fascinating people creating incredible art and performances. KUSC will be covering those experiences on Arts Alive. And when you’re in the mood for a little more, like a longer version of an interview, more Arts Alive coverage is available online at kusc.org/artsalive.
December 4, 2019/RSS Feed
How does a composer become a composer? Everyone’s stories are different. For Christopher O’Brien, the path to composition led through choir. O’Brien is an 11th grader at Harvard Westlake School. He’s 17, a poet, and a composer. He says it was Randall Thompson’s setting of the poetry of Robert Frost that initially inspired him to write music.
December 2, 2019/RSS Feed
December is the busiest month for the musicians of the LA Master Chorale. In addition to concerts chock full of carols, they’ve got multiple performances of Handel’s Messiah on tap this month—both the very popular sing-along version and what music director Grant Gershon jokingly calls the “please don’t sing-along” version. As Gershon tells KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen, this year, the LA Master Chorale is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of a piece of music that has been central to their repertoire ever since they premiered it 1994. Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium.
November 27, 2019/RSS Feed
The “Celebrity-Studded Whodunit” makes a comeback with Knives Out, which stars Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, and a whole bunch of other famous names. It was written and directed by Rian Johnson, who — with the sole exception of Star Wars: The Last Jedi — has always commissioned a score from his cousin, Nathan Johnson.
November 25, 2019/RSS Feed
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has played the music of J.S. Bach all of her life, and on her CD of Inventions and Sinfonias, shows them to be much more than just exercises in counterpoint. She says they’re almost ‘pure music’ – which teach, but are at the same time stand-alone pieces of great beauty.
November 22, 2019/RSS Feed
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 Angela in Westminster who wants to know “What makes a Christmas concerto a Christmas concerto?”
November 20, 2019/RSS Feed
Motherless Brooklyn is a new noir film written and directed by Edward Norton. It’s about a private eye in 1950s New York, played by Norton, who’s chasing down a case of corruption and conspiracy that got his partner killed. The soundtrack is more pivotal, and more multifaceted, than usual.
November 18, 2019/RSS Feed
Composers have long been writing instrumental imitations of birds. The cuckoo is probably the easiest to recognize, and it shows up in a variety of works. Since it was first possible to bring recordings into the concert hall, there have also been times when nothing but the actual sound of specific birds will do.