KUSC Out and About
Welcome to a new series for Classical KUSC! 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 Out and About. And when you’re in the mood for a little more, like a longer version of an interview, more Out and About coverage is available online at kusc.org/outandabout.
July 13, 2018
The 2018 classical season at the Hollywood Bowl kicked off in fine fashion this week when Gustavo Dudamel conducted the LA Phil in a program of music by Mr. Classical Music himself, Leonard Bernstein. Dudamel’s summer residency continues this weekend when he leads a concert performance of Verdi’s great Shakespearean opera Otello. In a conversation backstage at the Hollywood Bowl, Dudamel told KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen about the time he accidentally broke one of Bernstein’s batons, how he’s looking forward to making his Metropolitan Opera debut later this year (conducting Otello), and the ongoing impact in his life of his late mentor, the founder of El Sistema Maestro José Antonio Abreu.
July 5, 2018
This Saturday marks the Gala concert for iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates at Walt Disney Concert Hall. For over 21 years the festival has been a labor of love for its founders Eduard and Laura Schmieder, bringing together emerging musical talent from around the world.
Both are accomplished musicians with a life time committed to the belief that music has the power to open hearts and heal souls, and to summon the better angels of our nature. John Van Driel spoke with Eduard and Laura about I Palpiti and the power of music.
June 13, 2018
This weekend, composer and conductor Craig Hella Johnson brings his Austin, Texas-based choral ensemble Conspirare Company of Voices to Los Angeles for two performances of his evening-length work Considering Matthew Shepard under the stars at the Ford Amphitheatre. It’s a fitting venue for the work, which is a meditation on the life and legacy of Mathew Shepard, a young gay student at the University of Wyoming who, in October 1998, was kidnapped, beaten, tied to a fencepost, and left to die under a blanket of stars in a field outside the town of Laramie.
In a wide-ranging conversation with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen, Craig Hella Johnson discusses his inspiration for Considering Matthew Shepard, his use of many different musical styles in the work, how society has progressed and regressed in the 20 years since the murder of Matthew Shepard, Johnson’s own journey through conversion therapy to eventually finding and accepting himself for who he is, and the search for hope among the pain of Shepard’s story.
June 1, 2018
The Ojai Music Festival almost here (June 7 – 10) and Alan Chapman tells us about one of the composers whose music is being featured.
May 30, 2018
There’s a new Star Wars movie out about young Han Solo. The actor who plays the famous smuggler, Alden Ehrenreich, had some enormous shoes to fill… playing the part that Harrison Ford made iconic. But there was another colossal pair of shoes to fill: the ones belonging to John Williams. To listen to the full interview, check out the Music for Moving Pictures podcast.
May 25, 2018
The LA Phil’s “Schumann Focus” continues this weekend with performances of Robert Schumann’s third and fourth symphonies alongside his Cello Concerto. Gustavo Dudamel conducts and the soloist is the Argentina-born cellist Sol Gabetta.
May 23, 2018
LA Opera Artist-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin is currently conducting the run of Verdi’s Rigoletto on stage through June 3rd at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. However, right smack in the middle of the run of Verdi’s middle-period masterpiece, Aucoin will take a couple of days to conduct two concert performances of his opera, based on the story of Walt Whitman tending to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, called Crossing. For today’s edition of KUSC’s Out and About, Brian Lauritzen spoke with Aucoin about balancing both of Aucoin’s identities, the composer and the conductor.