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, each episode of Music for Life surveys the history of music, introduces its major composers and plays examples from the standard repertoire. The selections played highlight each episode's particular theme. Along the way, the discussion is usually interspersed with three segments. These segments explore each episode's theme further.
The segment “Sounds of Scripture” surveys the biblical record's many references to music — giving a longer-sweeping historical perspective on the episode’s main theme, and giving insight into what ancient music was like. The segment “Classroom Corner” explores different methods and curricula for introducing young people to music. And in the segment “Backstage Banter,” Mr. Malone interviews performers on the concert circuit today for their perspectives on music. Finally, each episode will end with what Mr. Malone calls musical “dessert,” where he plays an example from the popular or folk tradition, or something of lighter fare musically — as relates to the episode’s main theme — to end the show.
In this episode, we explore the famous Csárdás folk style, and we speak to violinist Ray Chen in the leadup to his performance at Armstrong Auditorium.
In this episode, we explore Spanish composers like Manuel de Falla and his Popular Spanish Suite for violin.
In this episode, we explore the composer Camille Saint-Saëns and his first violin sonata in D minor — considered so difficult in places, only a mythical creature would likely be able to play it.
In this episode, we explore Belgian composers, including Eugène Ysaÿe and his fourth solo violin sonata, as well as violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler — to whom the sonata was dedicated.
In this episode, we explore the composer Ludwig van Beethoven and his ingenious first attempt at a violin sonata.
In this episode, we interview "From the Top" host and pianist Christopher O’Riley, as well as tango pianist Pablo Ziegler, in the lead up to their duo performance at Armstrong Auditorium.
In this episode, we explore the “nuevo tango” tradition of the 20th century, its father Astor Piazzolla, as well one of its ambassadors — pianist Pablo Ziegler, in the lead-up to the November 9 “Two to Tango” program at Armstrong Auditorium.
In this episode, we finish our discussion of Stravinsky’s Firebird ballet and speak with the artistic director of the Oklahoma City ballet in the lead-up to its performance at Armstrong Auditorium Thursday September 14.
In this episode, we explore the composer Igor Stravinsky and his ballet masterpiece "The Firebird", in the lead-up to Oklahoma City Ballet’s performance of this masterpiece at Armstrong Auditorium.
Information on Oklahoma City Ballet’s performance of “The Firebird” at Armstrong:
In this episode, we explore the composer Aaron Copland and his ground-breaking ballet music for Rodeo, in the lead-up to Oklahoma City Ballet’s performance of this beloved production at Armstrong Auditorium.