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 "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. 

The Arts Underground "Born in the 1920s" (December 26, 2015) Hour 1

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Oscar Peterson and John Coltrane were both born in the 1920s and are both pretty amazing musicians. Listen here to pieces from their albums, During This Time and Giant Steps...your ears will thank you.

The Arts Underground "Born in the 1920s" (December 26, 2015) Hour 2

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Pieces from the Stan Getz album Ballads and Bossa Nova, and works from Miles Davis's album, Amandla, including the title cut and "Catembe." (Did you know that Catembe is a drink from Mozambique or Angola, made with red wine and cola?) Careful now...it don't git no jazzier than this. (Actually catembe, or katemba, or jote, or bambus, or calimocho is thought to have originated in Spain, and you should only use the cheap red wine with the cola and leave the nice fancy expensive reds out of the mix).

The Arts Underground "Best Christmas Music Ever" (December 19, 2015) Hour 1

Monday, December 21, 2015

A 40th anniversary edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas, featuring artists such as Vanessa Williams, Toni Braxton, The Rippingtons, David Benoit and Chaka Khan. Also we'll hear a little bit of music from Windham Hill featuring pianist George Winston.

The Arts Underground "Best Christmas Music Ever" (December 19, 2015) Hour 2

Monday, December 21, 2015

This hour, the original music to A Charlie Brown Christmas, by Vince Guaraldi, played by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Also we'll hear other American Christmas classics sung by Bing Crosby.

The Arts Underground "Happy Birthday Frank Sinatra" (December 12, 2015) Hour 1

Monday, December 14, 2015

Frank Sinatra is the quintessential interpreter of the popular American song. We'll hear him do numbers from the Great American Songbook, signature tunes, a great big bunch of classic Sinatra songs...on this day, which would have been his 100th birthday.

The Arts Underground "Happy Birthday Frank Sinatra" (December 12, 2015) Hour 2

Monday, December 14, 2015

More from The Voice. Happy 100th birthday, Mr. Frank Sinatra!

 

The Arts Underground "Music by Sagittarians" (December 5, 2015) Hour 1

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sagittarius people are funny, charming and magnetic, and so is their music. This hour we will have works by Sagittarians Dave Brubeck, Billy Strayhorn, Hector Berlioz, Manuel de Falla, and Beethoven.

The Arts Underground "Music by Sagittarians" (December 5, 2015) Hour 2

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

They say Sagittarius people make the best hosts and hostesses. Come and sit around the crackling musical campfires of Beethoven, Virgil Thomson, Scott Joplin, and Jean Sibelius.

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.......

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