The Secret Story Behind Tchaikovsky’s Mysterious Celesta in “The Nutcracker”
Explore the history of the celesta, a unique instrument used in Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and Harry Potter's theme. Discover how it went from obscurity to symphony staple.
Our Comprehensive SoCal Guide to Seeing Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker”
Discover the best Nutcracker ballet performances in Southern California this Christmas season. From Los Angeles to Orange County, find dates, costs, and venues.
One More Trip to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, a 55-year-old institution, is set to close after Thanksgiving. However, the puppet shows will continue at a new, yet-to-be-named location.
How 9 Year-Old LA Dancers Manage to Sell Out the “Nutcracker”
Explore the unique charm of Westside Ballet's Nutcracker, the longest-running in LA, featuring live music and a range of performers from young students to professionals.
The Story Behind Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker”
Explore the evolution of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker in this KUSC archive story. Discover its history, changes over time, and why it remains a beloved classic.
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Celebrate Valentine's Day with unique playlists, featuring love songs from video games, obscure modern classical pieces, and a dark side-inspired list for Star Wars fans.
Bolero: Classical or Pop?
Explore the rich history of bolero music, from its classical and popular beginnings in Cuba and Spain to its evolution and influence in Latin America and beyond.
How to Make Stuffing à la Rossini
Discover how to make Rossini-inspired truffle stuffing, a favorite of the great composer. Follow our step-by-step recipe and enjoy this gourmet dish at home.
Amplify: Bassist Christian McBride
Bassist Christian McBride discusses his career, influences, and the blending of jazz and classical music with Lara Downes on Amplify.