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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, 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 Eroica Trio and the program for its upcoming performance at Armstrong Auditorium.


In this episode, we explore some of the incomplete masterpieces of music history.


In this episode, we explore the commonly used form of “theme and variations” in the standard repertoire.


In this episode, we take another look at the 20th-century American musical invention known as jazz.


In this episode, we explore the Jerusalem Quartet and the program for its March 23 performance at Armstrong Auditorium.


In this episode, we explore the great quintet, sextet, septet, octet and nonet repertoire of music history.


In this episode, we explore the the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, conductor Volodymyr Sirenko, piano soloist Alexei Grynyuk and the program for their March 9 performance at Armstrong Auditorium.


In this episode, we explore the great quartet repertoire of music history.


In this episode, we explore the great trio repertoire of music history.


In this episode, we explore the Five Irish Tenors and the program for their February 21 performance at Armstrong Auditorium, as part of their first-ever North American tour.