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 "Shine On" (May 28, 2016)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Shiny happy music from the likes of Olivier Messiaen, Guillermo Klein and Alun Hoddinott. Also a visit from the Out Loud Poets, with a poem by Kimberly Casey entitled "Shine." Thanks to Bobby Milk for producing the Out Loud On Air segment this week.

The Arts Underground "Transformations" (May 21, 2016)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Change is in the air! Change will do you good. Today we revisit Arnold Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, based on the poetry of Richard Dehmel, a powerful voice for change. Also some powerful poetry once again from the Out Loud Poets of Flying Monkey Arts Center at the Lowe Mill. 

The Arts Underground "At Sixes and Sevens" (May 14, 2016)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Poets sometimes appear in groups...what do you get when you put six or seven poets in one recording studio? Some pretty amazing recordings, is what...on today's show we'll hear work by Out Loud Poet Shea Stripling, choreographed for an entire group of Out Loud poets and reciters. Also we'll have music by six French composers, Pulitzer Prize-winning music performed by the eight singers of Roomful of Teeth, and a couple of pieces from a six-composer, more-than-six-artist project featuring six musicians...and we're not even going to St. Ives.

The Arts Underground "Goddesses" (May 7, 2016)

Monday, May 9, 2016

Goddesses are everywhere in music and poetry...inspiring composers Rick Sowash, Gustav Holst, Emile Paladilhe and Georges Bizet and poets Pierre Corneille and Kristy Jane From-Brown.

The Arts Underground "What's Cookin'?" (April 30, 2016)

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Out Loud Poets visit this week with a delicious recipe by Forest Grayson. We'll also hear Lee Hoiby's one-act opera, Bon Appetit!, featuring Julia Child as the main character, and we'll enjoy a few heaping portions of Claude Bolling's Picnic Suite. 

The Arts Underground "Fathers and Sons" (April 23, 2016)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Stories of fathers and sons on this version of the Arts Underground today, featuring pieces by Benjamin Clementine and William Bolcom, and Claude Debussy's cantata, l'Enfant Prodigue (The Prodigal Son). Also we'll hear some more stellar work by the Out Loud Poets, with Dave Trueb's poem in the spotlight.

The Arts Underground "Fire" (April 16, 2016)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Poets on fire with inspiration! We will have some sparkly inspiring work from Lynsey Morandin Bronaugh and the Out Loud Poets this time on the show, plus music of Manuel de Falla, Alexander Scriabin, Claude Debussy, and Richard Wagner, as well as a little something from the Buena Vista Social Club.

The Arts Underground "Murder" (April 9, 2016)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Forest Greyson is our featured Out Loud Poet today, with a poem about the unfortunate circumstances of Jake Evans. Also we'll have music by Jerome Moross and Morton Gould that was inspired by famous American murders, and even some motets by an actual murderer himself, the Renaissance composer Gesualdo.

The Arts Underground "Music for the Ancestors" (April 2, 2016)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Kristy Jane From-Brown is our featured Out Loud Poet today, as we remember the generations before us with music from ancestral traditions, especially with regard to reverence for the ancestors found in various ancient religions of the world. We'll hear pieces by Hector Angulo, Toumani Diabate, Igor Stravinsky and Jimi Hendrix. Thanks to Bobby Milk for producing the Out Loud Poets today, and thanks to Kimberly Casey for inspiring them, wrangling them, and for her reverent attitude towards creating new traditions in poetry.

The Arts Underground "Kickin' Up Our Heels" (March 26, 2016)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Shea Stripling and the Out Loud Poets inspired today's show. They'll contribute a poetry performance, and we'll hear songs that will make you want to dance! So get up and boogie. 

The Arts Underground "Sad Songs" (March 19, 2016)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The saddest songs are some of the least boring songs. Music by Janis Ian, Violeta Parra and Don McLean today, with poetry by Jeremy Bronaugh, performed by the Out Loud Poets. Thanks again to Bobby Milk and Kimberly Casey and the Out Loud Poets for making this happen.  

The Arts Underground "Welcome to the Fun House" (March 12, 2016)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Let's go to some fun musical and poetical houses today! This show features works by Peter Ivan Edwards, Erik Satie, Danny Elfman, Rob Burger and David Wolfson, and performances by Roomful of Teeth. Also we'll hear the Out Loud Poets in a vocally choreographed version of Kimberly Casey's poem "The Howling House." Thanks to the Out Loud Poets for appearing, and thanks to Bobby Milk for producing this segment. 

The Arts Underground "Behind the Scenes" (March 5, 2016)

Friday, March 4, 2016

How exactly did I put this show together? I'll do my best to explain...meanwhile, you might like the music, regardless of how it's framed. Pieces by Rob Burger, Leonard Salzedo, Ludovico Einaudi, Vladimir Martynov, and Howard Skempton on today's show. 

The Arts Underground "Women's Music" (February 27, 2016) Hour 1

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Meg Christian and Holly Near were making great strides in the production and promotion of women's music in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We'll hear some of their music this hour. Many thanks to Sylvia Sycamore Toffel for lending us her recordings for today's show! 

The Arts Underground "Women's Music" (February 27, 2016) Hour 2

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cris Williamson's "Lumiere" is an enchanting science-fantasy fable for children, featuring beautiful music. It won a Parents' Choice Award. We'll hear that this hour, plus some of the songs of local woman of power, Lynx Quicksilver. Many thanks to Sylvia Sycamore Toffel for lending us her record albums for today's show.

The Arts Underground "Music of the Ballets Russes" (February 20, 2016) Hour 1

Friday, February 19, 2016

Serge Diaghilev had a tall order...and the art world thrived on it! The Ballets Russes featured wonderful shows with music by composers such as Chopin, de Falla, and Poulenc...amazing dancers and choreographers...brilliantly executed sets and costumes...and its own special quality. It was an amazing twenty years of pure art and magic. Many thanks to bassoonist Hunter Thomas of the HSO, for the idea for today's show!

The Arts Underground "Music of the Ballets Russes" (February 20, 2016) Hour 2

Friday, February 19, 2016

Erik Satie's Parade, Debussy's Jeux, and Stravinsky's Firebird. You can hear the fabulousness of the Ballets Russes in these pieces; all's you need is your imagination and you can SEE it, too. Many thanks to Hunter Thomas, bassoonist with the HSO, for the idea for today's show.

The Arts Underground "Music by Paul McCartney" (February 13, 2016) Hour 1

Monday, February 15, 2016

The second half of Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio, McCartney's first piece of classical music. Featuring the voices of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jerry Hadley, Sally Burgess and Willard White.

The Arts Underground "Music by Paul McCartney" (February 13, 2016) Hour 2

Monday, February 15, 2016

Paul McCartney writes beautiful, large, lush, melodic pieces of classical music. This hour, we'll hear parts of his symphonic poem, "Standing Stone" and his ballet, "Ocean's Kingdom."

The Arts Underground "Blue Music" (February 6, 2016) Hour 1

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Lots of pieces come in the color blue, including works by Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Charles Wuorinen, and K.D. Lang. 




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