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

The Arts Underground airs Saturday from 1-3pm ... or listen to a podcast below.

The Arts Underground "Music of Hungary" (November 28, 2015) Hour 1

Monday, November 30, 2015

Gergely Vajda's opera Barbie Blue was written to celebrate one of Hungary's best-loved composers, Bela Bartok. We'll hear an extract from this opera in this hour; we'll also have a quintet by Ernst von Dohnanyi and the Marossek Dances by Zoltan Kodaly.

The Arts Underground "Music of Hungary" (November 28, 2015) Hour 2

Monday, November 30, 2015

Franz Liszt wrote some of the most recognizable music of his native land...the rhapsodies. We'll hear one of these in this hour, plus some of the older music of Hungary and also a contemporary piece by Gergely Vajda called Conversations with Children. 

The Arts Underground "John Adams" (November 21, 2015) Hour 1

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

John Adams causes controversy with his music. It's also beautiful. Listen if you will to Shaker Loops...Short Ride in a Fast Machine...The Chairman Dances...and other post-postmodern constructions. 

The Arts Underground "John Adams" (November 21, 2015) Hour 2

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

So is John Adams a "minimalist composer" or no? You decide.......

The Arts Underground "Bustin' Down Barriers" (November 14, 2015) Hour 1

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sometimes, classical musicians like to play jazz and all sorts of other things. Amy Dickson and Christopher-Joel Carter the Fourth are two who can mix it up with style and elegance. We'll also hear Broadway, jazz and opera selections from 3 Mo' Divas in this hour of crazy-mixed-up music.

The Arts Underground "Bustin' Down Barriers" (November 14, 2015) Hour 2

Friday, November 13, 2015

Music that defies category (we put a lot of that sort of thing on this web site lately). Patrice Michaels sings from her CD, Intersection: Jazz Meets Classical Song, including one of her own compositions; and Jan Garbarek busts out saxophone riffs with some really ancient melismas backing him up.  

The Arts Underground "Duke Ellington" (November 7, 2015) Hour 1

Friday, November 13, 2015

Duke Ellington was a major figure in American music. He sought to defy being categorized...so I just won't even try it. The music speaks for itself. 

The Arts Underground "Duke Ellington" (November 7, 2015) Hour 1

Friday, November 13, 2015

Duke Ellington was a major figure in American music. He sought to defy being categorized...so I just won't even try it. The music speaks for itself. 

The Arts Underground "Duke Ellington" (November 7, 2015) Hour 2

Friday, November 13, 2015

The King of all, Sir Duke!  Pieces from Such Sweet Thunder by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Thanks to Charlie Welch for this amazing CD.

The Arts Underground "Ghost Stories" (October 31) Hour 1

Friday, November 6, 2015

Scary stories for the Halloween season today...including the tale of the Mistletoe Bride, set to music by Paul Chihara...and other spine-chilling musical tales.  

The Arts Underground "Ghost Stories" (October 31) Hour 2

Friday, November 6, 2015

David Lang is the name of a living composer. "David Lang" is also the name of a man in a rather disturbing tale...apparently he disappeared one day, about six miles from Selma, Alabama, right in front of several people's very eyes, in broad daylight. The Ambrose Bierce version of this tale is the basis for the music of Lang the composer of, and for Mac Wellman's libretto to, their opera "the difficulty of crossing a field." Listen if you dare...

The Arts Underground "Startlingly Fresh Music" (October 24, 2015) Hour 1

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Jim and Terri Cavender are musicians and composers; they're also the mysterious masterminds behind Startlingly Fresh Records. This hour we'll hear music from several artists on this label, including Trio El Camino, Kat Elizabeth, Gabe Larose, and the Rolling Jazz Revue.

The Arts Underground "Startlingly Fresh Music" (October 24, 2015) Hour 2

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ivy Joe Milan and Duke Way are two local artists on the Startlingly Fresh label. We'll hear some of their work in this hour. 

The Arts Underground "The Funniest Music in the World" (October 17, 2015) Hour 1

Friday, October 16, 2015

Mozart wrote "A Musical Jest," to make fun of bad composers! So they say. Also, Haydn wrote the "Surprise" Symphony with this one funny part in it that has stuck around for centuries...not just the part, but the whole symphony. AND, Beethoven and Chopin wrote scherzi...no joke! Plus Patrick Cunningham talks about how he creates comedy and does other fun things. Top that off with "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals" by Raymond Scott and you have one super funny bunch of stuff. Bwahahahaha.

The Arts Underground "The Funniest Music in the World" (October 17, 2015) Hour 2

Friday, October 16, 2015

Patrick Cunningham BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Patrick BWAHAHAHAHA Cunningham BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! Patrick!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH Cunningham BWA Ha...ha...ha...HAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Arts Underground "Time for Tea" (October 3, 2015) Hour 1

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Connor Knapp of Piper & Leaf at the Lowe Mill can talk to you for a long time about the history of tea. It's fascinating! Piper & Leaf is a relaxing place to visit at teatime; they also play great music there. 

The Arts Underground "Time for Tea" (October 3, 2015) Hour 2

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Connor Knapp is very knowledgeable about tea and its long history. We'll hear part of a conversation I had with him recently at the Lowe Mill. Also we'll have some quotes from The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo. And some music to go with all that.  

The Arts Underground "Music to Look at Art By" (September 19, 2015) Hour 1

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Here's a little music to go with that art. Especially at the Monte Sano Art Festival, which is today! :)

The Arts Underground "Music to Look at Art By" (September 19, 2015) Hour 2

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

How about a little music to go with that art? Maybe at the Monte Sano Art Festival, this very day! :)

The Arts Underground "All Torke, All the Time" (October 10, 2015) Hour 1

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

American composer Michael Torke's cheerful and colorful music is well worth at least a couple hours of your time! In this first hour of our show, we'll hear parts of Torke's opera, Strawberry Fields, and his ballet, An Italian Straw Hat, plus "Purple" and "Bright Blue Music" from ONE.

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