Music for Life

Music for Life

Music for Life is a music-appreciation and music-history based program that explores the purpose and value of music to humanity’s enrichment. Hosted by Ryan Malone, it features interviews with artists performing at the Armstrong Auditorium sponsored by the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation.


In this episode, we spotlight the first event for Armstrong Auditorium’s 2019-20 season—the Four Italian Tenors and the powerful program they will bring on September 12.

In this episode, we explore and preview the 2019-20 concert season at Armstrong Auditorium.

In this episode, we discuss the world-famous Canadian Brass and interview a founding member of the quintet, in the lead-up to its April 2 performance at Armstrong Auditorium — which closes the 2018-19 season.

In this episode, we spotlight Celtic Nights, a touring group direct from Ireland, presenting a program called “Oceans of Hope” at Armstrong Auditorium on March 11. We have an exclusive interview with one of the musicians and vocalists from the group. We also review the musical styles that accompany competitive Irish step-dance.

In this episode, we explore Tchaikovsky’s famous first piano concerto, in the lead-up to its performance at Armstrong Auditorium, by pianist Song Siheng and the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, Sunday February 24.

In this episode, we explore the triumphant second symphony by Sergei Rachmaninoff — and why it was such a triumph for the composer — in the lead-up to its performance on February 24 at Armstrong Auditorium by the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra.

n this episode, we explore the Julian Bliss Septet in the lead-up to their performance at Armstrong Auditorium Thursday February 14 — which will be a tribute the King of Swing Benny Goodman. We also have an exclusive interview with Julian Bliss himself, about his background, his band, and what excites him most about this upcoming performance.

In this episode, we explore Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballet, Swan Lake, in the lead up to its performance by the Russian National Ballet at Armstrong Auditorium on January 29.

In this episode, we explore the art of singing as a legitimate activity (and even career) for men—as supported by the biblical record. To accompany the discussion, we will sample great examples of male ensemble singing from standard music history.

In this episode, host Ryan Malone gives an overview of his new booklet, How God Values Music, which explores music’s importance through history, its inspiring future, plus its impact in our lives and how it connects us with the eternal.