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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.

#139: Ep. 112: David B. Hooten Live From Armstrong

Aired Monday, January 27, 2020   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   54 minutes

In this special episode, we will hear the majority of a concert at Armstrong Auditorium — trumpeter David B. Hooten’s Legends of Dixieland performance on January 16, 2020.

#138: Lomazov-Rackers Piano Duo Live From Armstrong!

Aired Monday, December 23, 2019   ·   05:00 PM CST   ·   56 minutes

In this special episode, we will hear the majority of a concert at Armstrong Auditorium given the Lomazov-Rackers Piano Duo on December 3, 2019.

#137: Variations On 176 Keys

Aired Monday, November 25, 2019   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we explore the Lomazov-Rackers Piano Duo and the program for its December 3 performance at Armstrong Auditorium.

#136: “Orchestra Led By Hope”

Aired Monday, November 4, 2019   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we explore the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and its music director, violinist Daniel Hope, in the lead-up to the group’s Vivaldi-themed November 12 performance at Armstrong Auditorium.

#135: Four Italian Tenors Spotlight

Aired Monday, September 9, 2019   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we spotlight the first event for Armstrong Auditorium's 2019-20 season—the Four Italian Tenors and the powerful program they will bring on September 12.

#134: Previewing the 2019-20 Season!

Aired Monday, September 2, 2019   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   52 minutes

In this episode, we explore and preview the 2019-20 concert season at Armstrong Auditorium.

#133: The Brassiest Canadians

Aired Monday, March 25, 2019   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we discuss the world-famous Canadian Brass and interview a founding member of the quintet, in the lead-up to its April 2 performance at Armstrong Auditorium — which closes the 2018-19 season.

#132: Celtic Nights Spotlight

Aired Monday, March 4, 2019   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   55 minutes

In this episode, we spotlight Celtic Nights, a touring group direct from Ireland, presenting a program called “Oceans of Hope” at Armstrong Auditorium on March 11. We have an exclusive interview with one of the musicians and vocalists from the group. We also review the musical styles that accompany competitive Irish step-dance.

#131: A Number-One Concerto

Aired Monday, February 18, 2019   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   52 minutes

In this episode, we explore Tchaikovsky’s famous first piano concerto, in the lead-up to its performance at Armstrong Auditorium, by pianist Song Siheng and the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, Sunday February 24.

#130: Symphonic Rach

Aired Monday, February 11, 2019   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we explore the triumphant second symphony by Sergei Rachmaninoff — and why it was such a triumph for the composer — in the lead-up to its performance on February 24 at Armstrong Auditorium by the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra.