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23 minutes | Feb 1, 2020
John Williams Discusses “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brought John Williams his 52nd Oscar nomination, now only 7 short of the all-time record held by Walt Disney. In addition to its symphonic manipulation of the nearly 30 existing Star Wars Theme, the score also incorporates several new ones, including a transformation of the one associated with Kylo Ren.
20 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
Randy Newman Discusses “Marriage Story” and “Toy Story 4”
Not for the first time in his career, Randy Newman was honored with a pair of Oscar nominations: his 21st for Marriage Story–his first film score written for a chamber orchestra–and his 22nd for the song “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4.
14 minutes | Jan 29, 2020
Alexandre Desplat Discusses “Little Women”
Alexandre Desplat’s 11th Oscar nomination came for his score for the latest screen version of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, for which the French composer not only had to capture the spirit of the period, but also worked with director Greta Gerwig almost exclusively via Skype.
17 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
Thomas Newman Discusses “1917”
Thomas Newman earned his 15th Oscar nomination for his score for 1917, his seventh collaboration with director Sam Mendes. It was not only the director’s most personal film–dedicated to the memory of his grandfather, a Great War veteran–but also presented some unique challenges for all concerned, being filmed in a single, unbroken shot.
12 minutes | May 30, 2019
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers on Respecting the Old and Welcoming the New
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers believes in respecting the old and welcoming the new. In this recent conversation with Jim Svejda, they discuss several of her recent commissions.
13 minutes | Mar 18, 2019
Yuja Wang Discusses the Rewards and Challenges of Her Repertoire
Superstar pianist Yuja Wang stopped by KUSC to chat with Jim Svejda about the rewards and challenges of her repertoire and how the shallow can become sublime.
19 minutes | Feb 16, 2019
Marc Shaiman Discusses His Score for “Mary Poppins Returns”
Marc Shaiman joins Jim Svejda to discuss his score for Mary Poppins Returns.
13 minutes | Feb 15, 2019
Ludwig Goransson Discusses “Black Panther”
Oscar-nominated composer Ludwig Goransson talks to Jim Svejda about traveling to Africa to research the score for Black Panther.
20 minutes | Feb 14, 2019
Nicholas Britell Discusses “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Nicholas Britell earned an Academy Award nomination for the music of Moonlight. He teamed up with Moonlight director Barry Jenkins again for If Beale Street Could Talk and, again, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. Here Britell talks to Jim Svejda about making music that feels like real emotions.
17 minutes | Feb 13, 2019
Terence Blanchard on Scoring “BlacKkKlansman”
Terence Blanchard is up for an Oscar for his BlacKkKlansman score. He stopped by The Evening Program to talk about the stranger-than-fiction story, why he was scared to write the score for Malcolm X and how he’s learned to read Spike Lee’s mind.
15 minutes | Feb 12, 2019
Alexandre Desplat on Scoring Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs”
KUSC’s Jim Svejda talks to Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat about his spare score for Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs”.
22 minutes | Nov 12, 2018
Morton Lauridsen with Jim Svejda
American choral composer Morton Lauridsen joins Jim Svejda for a conversation about his latest recording and where we finds his most potent sources of inspiration.
32 minutes | Feb 16, 2018
John Williams Discusses “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “The Post”
KUSC’s Jim Svejda talks to composer John Williams about his score for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “The Post”.
26 minutes | Feb 15, 2018
Hans Zimmer Discusses “Dunkirk”
KUSC’s Jim Svejda talks to composer Hans Zimmer about his score for “Dunkirk”.
21 minutes | Feb 14, 2018
Carter Burwell on “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
KUSC’s Jim Svejda talks to composer Carter Burwell about his score for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
24 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
Alexandre Desplat discusses “The Shape of Water”
KUSC’s Jim Svejda talks to composer Alexandre Desplat about his score for “The Shape of Water”.
17 minutes | May 7, 2017
Sondra Radvanovsky Discusses Tosca
Sondra Radvanovsky is considered one of the great sopranos of our time. She solidified expectations with an incredible performance in the LA Opera productions of Puccini’s Tosca. John Van Driel had a chance to talk to her about the challenges of her role as Tosca and being one of the most sought-after sopranos today.
44 minutes | Apr 7, 2017
John Williams with Jim Svejda
KUSC’s Jim Svejda talks to composer John Williams about his decades-long collaboration with Steven Spielberg and the new multi-cd set that celebrates their many movies.
28 minutes | Mar 3, 2017
Dustin O’Halloran with Jim Svejda
Dustin O’Halloran collaborated with the German musician Hauschka on music for the movie Lion. They were both nominated for Best Score at this year’s Academy Awards. O’Halloran returned to the KUSC studios (he was our guest after winning an Emmy for his theme for the TV show Transparent) to talk to Jim Svejda about collaborating with a composer and a director while they were all on different continents.
18 minutes | Mar 3, 2017
Thomas Newman with Jim Svejda
Thomas Newman was nominated for an Academy Award this year for his Passengers score. He talked to Jim Svejda about the challenges of creating the sound for a movie that mixes genres and moral dilemmas.
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