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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, it features interviews with artists performing at the Armstrong Auditorium sponsored by the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation.


In this episode, we interview a founding member of the Brooklyn Rider string quartet, in the lead-up to its collaboration at Armstrong Auditorium with banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck — in a program titled “Night Flight Over Water.”

In this episode, we explore the fresh string quartet known as Brooklyn Rider and the banjo virtuoso and renowned composer Bela Fleck.

In this episode, we explore some of the great interview moments from the first season of our program, including talks with Gerard Schwarz, Eric Whitacre, Sara Sant’Ambrogio and many more — plus a few musical examples of pieces written to showcase the highest level of performance achievement.

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.