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Music for Life

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.

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#116: The New Abraham Oratorio

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. ABRAHAM Premiere at Armstrong Auditoriumhttps://www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance/herbert-w-armstrong-college-choral-unionFacebook Event Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1888349414755912/Composer Ryan Malone’s Sound-Cloud Pagehttps://soundcloud.com/ryan-malone-composer

56mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #1

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#135: Four Italian Tenors Spotlight

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. Four Italian Tenors at Armstrong Auditorium: www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance…lian-tenors

56mins

9 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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#118: Glenn Miller Orchestra Spotlight and Interview

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! Glenn Miller Orchestra at Armstrong Auditoriumhttps://www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance/glenn-miller-orchestraFacebook Event Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/621122748084673/

56mins

7 May 2018

Rank #3

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#109: Romeo And Juliet ... And Tchaikovsky

In this episode, we discuss the composer Peter Tchaikovsky, some of his great ballet music, and specifically his Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture that was adapted into a ballet. Moscow Festival Ballet at Armstrong Auditorium (Night 1 — Jan. 29):www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance…ival-ballet Facebook Event Page (Night 1 — Jan. 29):www.facebook.com/events/241880279623463/

52mins

15 Jan 2018

Rank #4

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#121: Mendelssohn's Scottish and Italian Inspirations

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. All-Mendelssohn at Armstrong Auditorium:https://www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance/anne-akiko-meyers-with-gerard-schwarz-and-mozart-orchestra-of-new-york

53mins

22 Oct 2018

Rank #5

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#104: Suite Spanish Sounds

In this episode, we explore Spanish composers like Manuel de Falla and his Popular Spanish Suite for violin. Violinist Ray Chen performance at Armstrong Auditorium:https://www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance/ray-chen-violinist Facebook Event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/1406062416107393/

56mins

13 Nov 2017

Rank #6

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#105: Csárdás and Chen

In this episode, we explore the famous Csárdás folk style, and we speak to violinist Ray Chen in the leadup to his performance at Armstrong Auditorium. Violinist Ray Chen performance at Armstrong Auditorium:https://www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance/ray-chen-violinist Facebook Event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/1406062416107393/

51mins

20 Nov 2017

Rank #7

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#106: Best of Backstage Banter

In this episode, we explore some of the great interview moments from the first season of our program, including talks with Gerard Schwarz, Eric Whitacre, Sara Sant’Ambrogio and many more — plus a few musical examples of pieces written to showcase the highest level of performance achievement.

56mins

4 Dec 2017

Rank #8

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#113: The Concerto Doctor

In this episode, we explore Brahms’s masterful violin concerto, in the lead-up to its performance by violinist Valeriy Sokolov and the Staatskapelle Weimar at Armstrong Auditorium on March 15. Staatskapelle Weimar at Armstrong Auditorium:https://www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance/staatskapelle-weimarFacebook Event Page:https://www.facebook.com/events/453618978307477/

55mins

5 Mar 2018

Rank #9

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#115: Best of Classroom Corner

In today’s episode, we explore the great material regarding music education from the first two seasons of our program — from practice tips for the solo student (and parents), to the benefits of certain classroom curricula, to some exclusive interview moments with prominent musicians on these aspects of music. How Less-Musical Parents Can Help Their Kids Practicehttps://soundcloud.com/musicforlifekpcg/how-non-musical-parents-can-help-their-children-practicePerfect Practice / Joshua Bell on Practicinghttps://soundcloud.com/musicforlifekpcg/perfect-practice-joshua-bell-on-practicing

56mins

26 Mar 2018

Rank #10

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#107: Banjo Rider

In this episode, we explore the fresh string quartet known as Brooklyn Rider and the banjo virtuoso and renowned composer Bela Fleck. Bela Fleck and Brooklyn Rider at Armstrong Auditorium::www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance…oklyn-rider Facebook Event Page:www.facebook.com/events/1468588976525161/

55mins

18 Dec 2017

Rank #11

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#72: Music For Laughter

In this episode, we explore compositions intended to depict laughter or an element of humor.

54mins

10 Oct 2016

Rank #12

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#117: In the Mood for Miller

In this episode, we explore the legendary leader of America’s Swing Era: Glenn Miller, in the lead-up to the Glenn Miller Orchestra’s performance at Armstrong Auditorium, Thursday May 10. Glenn Miller Orchestra at Armstrong Auditoriumhttps://www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance/glenn-miller-orchestraFacebook Event Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/621122748084673/

50mins

30 Apr 2018

Rank #13

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#83: Carnival of the Animals

In this episode, we explore music of the standard repertoire intended to depict or imitate various animals. Jazz Herdhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXKDu6cdXLI

56mins

6 Feb 2017

Rank #14

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#99: New to Tango

In this episode, we explore the “nuevo tango” tradition of the 20th century, its father Astor Piazzolla, as well one of its ambassadors — pianist Pablo Ziegler, in the lead-up to the November 9 “Two to Tango” program at Armstrong Auditorium. Two to Tango performance at Armstrong Auditorium:https://www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance/christopher-oriley-pablo-ziegler Interview with Piazzolla:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z40MBS5gFk

56mins

2 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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#114: Tragic Overture and Weimar Spotlight

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. Staatskapelle Weimar at Armstrong Auditorium:https://www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance/staatskapelle-weimarFacebook Event Page:https://www.facebook.com/events/453618978307477/

56mins

12 Mar 2018

Rank #16

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#103: Sonata for a Hippogriff

In this episode, we explore the composer Camille Saint-Saëns and his first violin sonata in D minor — considered so difficult in places, only a mythical creature would likely be able to play it. Violinist Ray Chen performance at Armstrong Auditorium:www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance…n-violinist Facebook Event page:www.facebook.com/events/1406062416107393/

56mins

6 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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#84: Pre-Concert Talk: Five Irish Tenors

In this episode, we explore the Five Irish Tenors and the program for their February 21 performance at Armstrong Auditorium, as part of their first-ever North American tour. Tickets information:https://www.armstrongauditorium.org/performance/the-five-irish-tenorsFacebook Event Page:https://www.facebook.com/events/455341088009055/

48mins

13 Feb 2017

Rank #18

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#73: Music For One

In this episode, we explore repertoire for a single instrument that is usually grouped with other instruments—from solo cello to one-handed piano.

55mins

31 Oct 2016

Rank #19

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#97: Fiery Feathers

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

50mins

4 Sep 2017

Rank #20