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 "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. 

The Arts Underground "Blue Music" (February 6, 2016) Hour 2

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Blue is an inspiring, expressive color, and it makes music happen. More blue pieces this hour, by Dave Gallaher, Jennifer Higdon, Miles Davis, Johann Strauss, Jr. and Miss Billie Holiday.

The Arts Underground "Books of Hours" (January 30, 2016) Hour 1

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Music from the time of the original medieval Books of Hours...including pieces from the Chantilly Codex. Also, a new Book of Hours by William Matthews.

The Arts Underground "Books of Hours" (January 30, 2016) Hour 2

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours, and books of hours old and new, including pieces by Jeremy Gill played by Peter Orth, and performances by Pomerium of works by Guillaume DuFay.

The Arts Underground "Music by Aquarians" (January 23, 2016) Hour 1

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Music by the Uranus-ruled, including Jobim.

The Arts Underground "Music by Aquarians" (January 23, 2016) Hour 2

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Music by some of the February- and late-January-born, including Neil Diamond. 

The Arts Underground "Music by Capricorns" (January 16, 2016) Hour 1

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Music by the Saturn-ruled, including Balakirev, Poulenc, and E. J. Moeran.

The Arts Underground "Music by Capricorns" (January 16, 2016) Hour 2

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Music by Pergolesi, Jennifer Higdon, Alexander Scriabin, Joseph Boulogne, and David Bowie.

The Arts Underground "Music of Jennifer Higdon" (January 9, 2016) Hour 1

Friday, January 8, 2016

Jennifer Higdon is among the best American composers living and working today. This hour we'll hear some of her chamber works, as well as selected movements from The Singing Rooms for violin, chorus and orchestra, and Higdon's deeply moving and transcendent "blue cathedral" featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The Arts Underground "Music of Jennifer Higdon" (January 9, 2016) Hour 2

Friday, January 8, 2016

American composer Jennifer Higdon makes her living writing music for orchestras and many other ensembles. Her music is melodic and yet fresh, complex and yet accessible. This hour we'll hear her Sonata for Alto Sax and Piano and the Concerto for Orchestra which made her a star. 

The Arts Underground "Music of Maurice Ravel" (January 2, 2016) Hour 1

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Starting the new year off with the sparkling and beautiful music of Maurice Ravel. And maybe some champagne. 

The Arts Underground "Music of Maurice Ravel" (January 2, 2016) Hour 2

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Starting the new year off with the sparkling and beautiful music of Maurice Ravel. And maybe some champagne. 

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