The Arts Underground

Can you manage a mambo? Or perhaps a waltz? The Arts Underground with Beth Norwood takes your mind places it didn't know it wanted to go.

This one-hour, free-form program seeks to delight the senses. You'll hear interviews with artists, poetry, and music from across time and space...and maybe you'll find a few hidden musical treasures.

The Arts Underground airs Saturday from 2-3 PM ... or listen to a podcast below.

The Arts Underground "Exotica" (December 3, 2016)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Music of faraway lands and exotic places, to do your shopping for exotic holiday gifts by. Vas, Inti-Illimani, Baka Beyond, and Yma Sumac will be on today's show. Aloha!

The Arts Underground "Opposites" (November 26, 2016)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Panic! No, don't...oh wait maybe yes you should, it's the holidays! Music going to extremes of calm and agitation this time...the Out Loud Poets will also present their version of panic and anxiety! The whole thing is designed to keep you in suspense. Music by Satie, Rimsky-Korsakov, and John Adams today.

The Arts Underground "Circles" (November 12, 2016)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Around and around we go, for yet the better part of another hour...with music by Philip Lasser and Joaquin Turina, and poetry by Sara Bowen of Out Loud On Air...

The Arts Underground "Submerged" (November 5, 2016)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Submerging pieces of Durey and Mazzoli. An underwater cathedral by Claude Debussy. The Out Loud Poets wandering underwater, among other places. And other underwatery stuff.

The Arts Underground "Creepy Stories...Again" (October 29, 2016)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Rerun! Oh, the horror! (We should have saved this one for Halloween...we just weren't thinking. New brain for Christmas! Yay.) Today's show features the Out Loud Poets, as usual, who keep us grounded throughout the holiday madness...and a few musical treats by Liszt, Paul Chihara, and Gesualdo, just in time for All Hallow's Eve! Or a couple of days early!

The Arts Underground "Real and Unreal" (October 22, 2016)

Friday, October 28, 2016

Different realities today...including a visit with the Out Loud Poets and a large part of Gian Carlo Menotti's opera, The Medium. 

The Arts Underground "Morning Songs" (October 15, 2016)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Edvard Grieg's Morning Mood from Peer Gynt; Morning Love, a piece based on a morning raga by Ravi Shankar, a visit with the Out Loud Poets, and other sunny sunshiny stuff. 

The Arts Underground "Superwomen" (October 8, 2016)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Move over, Superman! It's time for the superwomen of music to step forward and take their place in the limelight. This week's superwomen include Caroline Shaw, Jennifer Higdon, Kaija Saariaho and Hildegard von Bingen. We'll also hear from some of the superwomen of Out Loud Huntsville. Great Gaia, it's good stuff! 

The Arts Underground "Trees" (October 1, 2016)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The forest murmurs, and the poet speaks! Tree pieces on the show today, featuring music of Wagner, Hovhaness and Sibelius, and poet Forest (get it?) Grayson of Out Loud Hsv. 

The Arts Underground "Creepy Stories" (September 24, 2016)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Creepy things are hip nowadays, including creepy music and poetry. Serving up fine slices of both on The Arts Underground today, including the latest rendition from Out Loud On Air and some tunes by Liszt, Dvorak, Gesualdo, and Paul Chihara. 

The Arts Underground "Taking Care of Planet Earth" (September 10, 2016)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Earth from Symphony 1997 by Tan Dun...Tchaikovsky's souvenir of a dear place...poet Forest Grayson with a little bit of admonition on Out Loud On Air...and a little bit of Mahler's music, all to remind us to take care of our planet...before it takes care of us! 

The Arts Underground "Sailing Away" (September 17, 2016)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Don't rock that boat! Rather, just enjoy music from Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, a couple of barcarolles for piano, and a dramatic song for the sea and all ships by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Walt Whitman. Plus a visit with the Out Loud Poets, who are keeping the poetry boat afloat in Huntsville and beyond.

The Arts Underground "Flower Gardens" (September 3, 2016)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Flower gardens of music by Lili Boulanger, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Gandolfi, and Manuel de Falla; transmogrifications of flowers considered by the Out Loud Poets; and even some music by the orchids themselves, with a little help from Mamoru Fujieda.

The Arts Underground "Love and Longing" (August 27, 2016)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Songs about people who want various things, including music of Schubert and Wagner and performances by Billie Holiday and Renee Fleming. The Out Loud Poets, featuring poet and activist T.C. this time, are really good at expressing what yearning is like. Enlightened beings need not apply...but most of the rest of us will identify.

The Arts Underground "Love and Loss" (August 20, 2016)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Breaking up and its parameters are often beautifully illustrated in poetry and music. We have the Out Loud Poets to help us with this today, as well as music by Sibelius, Sebastien Le Camus, and Rachmaninov, who was actually a happily married man. Go figure.

The Arts Underground "Creepy Crawlies" (August 13, 2016)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Remember that crazy toy that came out in the nineteen-seventies, the one where you would cook small blobs of colorful rubber into flowers, wiggly worms, strange creatures and such, that you could put in your pockets and carry around with you, after the rubber figures had sufficiently cooled?

The Arts Underground "Almost Autumn" (August 6, 2016)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sam McCall and the Out Loud Poets think about October. Also, we have music for you from some of the world's greatest autumnal composers, including Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Vivaldi and Orff. What makes them autumnal? You'll hear it in the music.  Thanks to Kimberly Casey for hearty community spirit and masterful poet-wrangling, and to Bobby Milk for the fine gourmet editing and the chocolate bourbon pecan pies.

The Arts Underground "Happy Birthday, General Smedley Butler" (July 30, 2016)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

General Smedley Darlington Butler was born on July 30, 1881. He was with the Marines for thirty-four years. He wrote "War Is a Racket," which is featured in a piano piece by Kyle Gann on today's show. Other offerings for today include "The Sadness of Lions" by Out Loud Poet Dave Trueb, Barber's Adagio, and a dramatic reading by Patrick Cunningham of the famous speech from Charlie Chaplin's film, The Great Dictator. We'll also hear The Decline by NOFX and a work called Peace Process by John McDonald.

The Arts Underground "I and the Village" (July 23, 2016)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

"I and the Village" is a painting by Marc Chagall, consisting of images from his childhood rendered in a dreamlike way. Today's show features pieces from good old hometown composers such as Federico Mompou, Hamza El Din, and Marie-Joseph Canteloube de Malaret. We'll also hear from the Out Loud Poets about how it takes a village to do just about anything.

The Arts Underground "Devices" (July 16, 2016)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Devices are often used to great effect in music and literature. On today's show, we'll hear how Mozart, Ravel, Pachelbel and the Out Loud Poets use them.

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