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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.

#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.

#129: Benny and Utter Bliss

Aired Monday, February 4, 2019   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   54 minutes

n this episode, we explore the Julian Bliss Septet in the lead-up to their performance at Armstrong Auditorium Thursday February 14 — which will be a tribute the King of Swing Benny Goodman. We also have an exclusive interview with Julian Bliss himself, about his background, his band, and what excites him most about this upcoming performance.

#128: Tchaikovsky’s Lake of Swans

Aired Monday, January 21, 2019   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we explore Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballet, Swan Lake, in the lead up to its performance by the Russian National Ballet at Armstrong Auditorium on January 29.

#127: Real Men Sing

Aired Monday, December 24, 2018   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we explore the art of singing as a legitimate activity (and even career) for men—as supported by the biblical record. To accompany the discussion, we will sample great examples of male ensemble singing from standard music history.