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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, it features interviews with artists performing at the Armstrong Auditorium sponsored by the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation.

#123: The Oldest Youngest Choir Ever

Aired Monday, November 12, 2018   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   53 minutes

In this episode, we explore the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir—an institution over half-a-millennium old—in the lead-up to its performance at Armstrong Auditorium on Tuesday November 20. We also have an exclusive interview with two members from the institution: its historian plus its conductor for this North American tour.

#122: Felix’s Fiddle and Anne Akiko Meyers Spotlight

Aired Monday, October 29, 2018   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   54 minutes

In this episode, we explore Felix Mendelssohn’s beloved violin concerto — in the lead-up to its performance at Armstrong Auditorium November 1, by violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and the Mozart Orchestra of New York under Gerard Schwarz. We also spotlight these artists and have an exclusive interview with Ms. Meyers.

#121: Mendelssohn's Scottish and Italian Inspirations

Aired Monday, October 22, 2018   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   53 minutes

In this episode, we explore two well-known orchestral works by Felix Mendelssohn — his Hebrides Overture and his Italian Symphony — in the lead-up to their performance at Armstrong Auditorium November 1, by the Mozart Orchestra of New York, under Gerard Schwarz.

#120: Time For Three Spotlight and Interview

Aired Monday, October 15, 2018   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   53 minutes

In this episode, we explore the genre-defying string trio Time For Three and interview one of its members, in the lead-up to the group’s October 18 performance at Armstrong Auditorium.

#119: Anniversary Season Preview

Aired Monday, October 1, 2018   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we explore and preview the 2018-19 concert season at Armstrong Auditorium—which marks 20 years of our performing arts series.

#118: Glenn Miller Orchestra Spotlight and Interview

Aired Monday, May 7, 2018   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we discuss the world-famous Glenn Miller orchestra and interview its present music director in the lead-up to its May 10 performance at Armstrong Auditorium — which closes the 2017-18 season. Also is a brief preview into Armstrong’s 2018-19 season!

#117: In the Mood for Miller

Aired Monday, April 30, 2018   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   50 minutes

#116: The New Abraham Oratorio

Aired Monday, April 16, 2018   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we explore Ryan Malone’s new oratorio Abraham — as well as the artists presenting it — in the lead-up to its world premiere at Armstrong Auditorium on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

#115: Best of Classroom Corner

Aired Monday, March 26, 2018   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

#114: Tragic Overture and Weimar Spotlight

Aired Monday, March 12, 2018   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

In today’s episode, we explore Germany’s oldest orchestra—the Staatskapelle Weimar—plus its acclaimed conductor and touring violin soloist—in the lead-up to their All-Brahms concert at Armstrong Auditorium, Thursday March 15. We also specifically explore the incredibly dramatic opening piece to their program, Brahms’s “Tragic” Overture.