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 Russian National Ballet Theatre and its upcoming performances of Don Quixote at Armstrong Auditorium.
In this episode, we explore the pipa virtuoso Wu Man, the Shanghai String Quartet and the program for their upcoming collaborative performance at Armstrong Auditorium.
In this episode, host Ryan Malone discusses the cast, plot and musical elements of his new stage production, “The Widow’s Might—The Story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz” in the lead-up to its Armstrong Auditorium debut.
In this episode, we explore compositions inspired by, or intended to honor, a victory — either fictional or historic, either on the battlefield or in other fields.
In this episode, we explore the Turtle Island Quartet and the program for its upcoming performance at Armstrong Auditorium.
In this episode, we explore compositions inspired by the memory of the deceased, or by death in general.
In this episode, we explore cellist Tess Remy-Schumacher, soprano Paula Malone and the program for their upcoming duo performance at Armstrong Auditorium.
In this episode, we explore repertoire for a single instrument that is usually grouped with other instruments—from solo cello to one-handed piano.
In this episode, we explore compositions intended to depict laughter or an element of humor.