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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.

#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.

Download: MP3 (46.9 MB)

Show Notes

Information on Oklahoma City Ballet’s performance of “Rodeo” at Armstrong:
https://www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance/oklahoma-city-ballet-firebird-rodeo