KUSC brings you interviews with movers and shakers in the world of the arts.
February 1, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brought John Williams his 52nd Oscar nomination, now only 7 short of the all-time record held by Walt Disney. In addition to its symphonic manipulation of the nearly 30 existing Star Wars Theme, the score also incorporates several new ones, including a transformation of the one associated with Kylo Ren.
January 30, 2020
Not for the first time in his career, Randy Newman was honored with a pair of Oscar nominations: his 21st for Marriage Story–his first film score written for a chamber orchestra–and his 22nd for the song “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4.
January 29, 2020
Alexandre Desplat’s 11th Oscar nomination came for his score for the latest screen version of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, for which the French composer not only had to capture the spirit of the period, but also worked with director Greta Gerwig almost exclusively via Skype.
January 28, 2020
Thomas Newman earned his 15th Oscar nomination for his score for 1917, his seventh collaboration with director Sam Mendes. It was not only the director’s most personal film–dedicated to the memory of his grandfather, a Great War veteran–but also presented some unique challenges for all concerned, being filmed in a single, unbroken shot.
May 30, 2019
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers believes in respecting the old and welcoming the new. In this recent conversation with Jim Svejda, they discuss several of her recent commissions.
March 18, 2019
Superstar pianist Yuja Wang stopped by KUSC to chat with Jim Svejda about the rewards and challenges of her repertoire and how the shallow can become sublime.
February 16, 2019
Marc Shaiman joins Jim Svejda to discuss his score for Mary Poppins Returns.