Music for Life

Hosted by Ryan Malone

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.

#85: Music For Trios

Aired Monday, February 20, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   56 minutes

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

#84: Pre-Concert Talk: Five Irish Tenors

Aired Monday, February 13, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   48 minutes

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.

#83: Carnival of the Animals

Aired Monday, February 6, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, we explore music of the standard repertoire intended to depict or imitate various animals.

#82: Antiphon, Imitation and Echo

Aired Monday, January 30, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   54 minutes

In this episode, we will explore statements-and-echoes, question-and-answers and calls-and-responses as an attribute in many compositions of the standard repertoire.

#81: Pre-Concert Talk (Russian National Ballet Theatre—Don Quixote)

Aired Monday, January 23, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   52 minutes

In this episode, we explore the Russian National Ballet Theatre and its upcoming performances of Don Quixote at Armstrong Auditorium.

#80: Pre-Concert Talk: Wu Man & Shanghai String Quartet

Aired Monday, January 9, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   52 minutes

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.

#79: Pre-Concert Talk: The Widow’s Might

Aired Monday, December 26, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   56 minutes

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.

#78: Music For Victories

Aired Monday, December 19, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   54 minutes

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.

#77: Music for Pairs

Aired Monday, December 5, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   55 minutes

#76: Pre-Concert Talk: Turtle Island Quartet

Aired Monday, November 28, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CST   ·   55 minutes

In this episode, we explore the Turtle Island Quartet and the program for its upcoming performance at Armstrong Auditorium.