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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 compositions written specifically to depict elements of evening or nighttime.


In this episode, the first after our summer break, we explore the idea of the musical breaks: interludes, intermezzi and entr’actes.


In this episode, host Ryan Malone discusses his oratorio Song of Songs (a new setting of the entire Song of Solomon) in the lead up to its April 7, 2016, debut at Armstrong Auditorium.


In this episode, we explore compositions meant to depict the various aspects of water—from gentle rain to thunderstorms, and from the flow streams to the swells of the sea.


In this episode, we explore compositions meant to depict the various aspects of water—from gentle rain to thunderstorms, and from the flow streams to the swells of the sea.


In this episode, we explore the ensemble of voices. Interview with Grammy-winning choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre.


In this episode, we explore the ensemble of voices. Interview with Grammy-winning choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre.


In this episode, we explore the history and repertoire of one of Western music’s most utilized instruments: the piano. Interview with internationally awarded Polish pianist Marcin Koziak.


In this episode, we explore the history and repertoire of one of Western music’s most utilized instruments: the piano. Interview with internationally awarded Polish pianist Marcin Koziak.


In this episode, we explore the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, pianist Marcin Koziak, and the all-Beethoven program they will be performing at Armstrong Auditorium.