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 "A Date with Bill Murray" (March 18, 2017)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Poetess Shea Stripling is obsessed with Bill Murray...and reasonably so. She writes amazing poems about him. This show is devoted to her fantasy date with the actor, wherein they visit Paris and Rio and a karaoke bar. The Out Loud Poets preside in wonder and magnificence throughout this wild ride. We hope you'll sing along!

The Arts Underground "Discovering Women Composers" (March 11, 2017)

Monday, March 13, 2017

We'll have music on the show today by some women composers that you (perhaps) ain't NEVAH hoid, including Vitezslava Kapralova and Geraldine Mucha, both of whom were married to the same guy (at two different times in his life). And we'll hear Alice Coltrane's Journey In Satchidananda, which is a trip worth taking, so put your cool shoes on. Also, we'll visit with TC of the Out Loud Poets. All of this to celebrate Women's History Month, which you should (perhaps) also be doing. 

The Arts Underground "Breaking It Up" (March 4, 2017)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Wanting to break things with the Out Loud Poets. Breaking into the record collection of Brad Posey (of The Invisible City on WLRH, Friday nights at 7 and Saturday nights at 10) for inspiration. And Junior Vasquez, breaking up KD Lang's version of the theme from Valley of the Dolls. Andre and Dory never had it so good! 

The Arts Underground "Celebrating Black History Month" (February 18, 2017)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Still celebrating the achievements of creative African Americans on our show today, including performances by Shirley Horn and Wes Montgomery, two giants of jazz. We'll also have a visit with the Out Loud Poets.

The Arts Underground "Celebrating Black History Month" (February 11, 2017)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

On today's show we have a visit with the Out Loud Poets, and we'll also hear the voices of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Also we'll hear the voice of Talise Trevigne, a rising new star in the opera world, and some classic pieces by Charlie Parker. 

The Arts Underground "Considering Beethoven" (February 4, 2017)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Beethoven left us plenty of room for argument and lots of food for thought in his writings. People can get just about anything from the letters and words and musings and scribblings of Beethoven. It's all very ambiguous, the stuff he left behind for us to contemplate. You can do the same with his music. Great music is worth living for. Have a nice day. 

The Arts Underground "Signs & Symbols" (January 28, 2017)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Music is a compilation of symbols, on at least one level; it's thus often selectively translatable. Today we consider works by Mozart, Debussy and Gyorgy Kurtag. Also, the Out Loud Poets can surely see the signs...and they are very clear.

The Arts Underground "Where You Goin'?" (January 21, 2017)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lindsay Monroe of Massachusetts is walking across the country. I got a chance to interview her for this show. Plus, the Out Loud Poets take us somewhere else...and we'll hear the Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams. 

The Arts Underground "Silence" (January 14, 2017)

Monday, January 16, 2017

What does silence sound like? Never mind, it's impossible. Music of Martynov, Satie, and Feldman today and a quiet visit with the Out Loud Poets.

The Arts Underground "Musical Friendships" (January 7, 2017)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mozart and Haydn, Brahms and Clara Schumann, Debussy and Satie...famous friendships of great composers make great stories. Music of great friends on our show, and a visit with some of our poet friends from Out Loud, too. 

The Arts Underground "Dos and Don'ts" (December 31, 2016)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Songs with "do" or "don't" in their titles. Don't think too hard about this one. 

The Arts Underground "Jazzy Christmas Eve" (December 24, 2016)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Lots of jazzy Christmas music today, including performances by Renee Fleming, Chris Botti, Steve Tyrell, Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, the Keith Taylor Trio, and Travelin' Light. Wishing you a happy jazzy Christmas! 

The Arts Underground "Solstice" (December 17, 2016)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Sunny times...with the Out Loud Poets, and the Paul Winter Consort, from their 25th anniversary performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

The Arts Underground "Remembering" (December 10, 2016)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Out Loud Poets remember well...the Chiara String Quartet does part of a Bartok piece from memory...and we take a trip back into the nineteen-eighties with some mystical and fantastic harp music by Andreas Vollenweider.

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. 

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