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Music for Life

Hosted by Ryan Malone

Music for Life is a music-appreciation and music-history based program that explores the purpose and value of music to humanity’s enrichment. Hosted by Ryan Malone, each episode of Music for Life surveys the history of music, introduces its major composers and plays examples from the standard repertoire. The selections played highlight each episode's particular theme. Along the way, the discussion is usually interspersed with three segments. These segments explore each episode's theme further.  Read More

The segment “Sounds of Scripture” surveys the biblical record's many references to music — giving a longer-sweeping historical perspective on the episode’s main theme, and giving insight into what ancient music was like. The segment “Classroom Corner” explores different methods and curricula for introducing young people to music. And in the segment “Backstage Banter,” Mr. Malone interviews performers on the concert circuit today for their perspectives on music. Finally, each episode will end with what Mr. Malone calls musical “dessert,” where he plays an example from the popular or folk tradition, or something of lighter fare musically — as relates to the episode’s main theme — to end the show.

#98: OKC Ballet Spotlight and Interview

Aired Monday, September 11, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   54 minutes

In this episode, we finish our discussion of Stravinsky’s Firebird ballet and speak with the artistic director of the Oklahoma City ballet in the lead-up to its performance at Armstrong Auditorium Thursday September 14.

#97: Fiery Feathers

Aired Monday, September 4, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   50 minutes

In this episode, we explore the composer Igor Stravinsky and his ballet masterpiece "The Firebird", in the lead-up to Oklahoma City Ballet’s performance of this masterpiece at Armstrong Auditorium.

Information on Oklahoma City Ballet’s performance of “The Firebird” at Armstrong:
www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance…ebird-rodeo

#96: Ballet in Cowboy Boots

Aired Monday, August 28, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   51 minutes

In this episode, we explore the composer Aaron Copland and his ground-breaking ballet music for Rodeo, in the lead-up to Oklahoma City Ballet’s performance of this beloved production at Armstrong Auditorium.

#95: Literature Soundtrack: The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

Aired Monday, August 21, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   55 minutes

In this episode, we explore some of the repertoire mentioned in Thad Carhart’s memoir "The Piano Shop on the Left Bank."

#94: Season Preview

Aired Monday, August 14, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   55 minutes

In this episode, we explore our program's brand new format and preview the exciting 2017-18 concert season at Armstrong Auditorium.

#93: Pre-Concert Talk: Eroica Trio

Aired Monday, April 24, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   57 minutes

In this episode, we explore the Eroica Trio and the program for its upcoming performance at Armstrong Auditorium.

#92: Unfinished...

Aired Monday, April 17, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we explore some of the incomplete masterpieces of music history.

#91: Music For Variations

Aired Monday, April 3, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we explore the commonly used form of “theme and variations” in the standard repertoire.

#90: The Jazz Element (Reprise)

Aired Monday, March 27, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we take another look at the 20th-century American musical invention known as jazz.

#89: Pre-Concert Talk: Jerusalem Quartet

Aired Monday, March 20, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we explore the Jerusalem Quartet and the program for its March 23 performance at Armstrong Auditorium.