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 "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. 

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.

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