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The Naked Liszt is an intimate look at the life, love and music of celebrated Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. World renowned pianist Cecil Lytle performs a selection of the composer's favorite pieces-with a twist. Each piece of music is introduced by readings of letters to, from or about Liszt and his music, creating a vibrant multimedia image of the life of the influential 19th century musician.

SummerFest's long tradition of showcasing new works continues, with stimulating pieces by American composers Gabriel Kahane, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Aaron Jay Kernis, and French composer Marc-Andre Dalbavie.

A stellar roster of performers present the music of Franz Joseph Haydn, a seminal figure in the development of classical form and an inspiration to Mozart, Beethoven and many other composers who followed.

After working in relative obscurity during his lifetime, forty years after his untimely death Franz Schubert was recognized as one of the colossal creative forces in music. In this presentation a distinguished group of musicians performs Schubert's "String Quintet in C Major," one of the greatest achievements in the chamber music form.

Written for a virtuoso oboist of Mozart's acquaintance, the Quartet in F Major went on to become one of Mozart's most popular chamber works. Recorded on 8/16/2014.

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive stereotypes of manhood. Recorded on 4/28/2015.

On the occasion of San Diego Opera's West Coast premiere of GREAT SCOTT, Nicolas Reveles engages composer Jake Heggie in a lively conversation about the work's conception. Known for his landmark modern classics DEAD MAN WALKING and MOBY DICK, Heggie's newest work concerns Arden Scott, an international opera star who returns to her hometown with the intention of saving the ailing company that started her career. However, her homecoming coincides with the home team's first National Championship. GREAT SCOTT sparks some interesting questions around how we perceive the Arts and what purpose they serve today. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball, veteran writer/producer, whose credits include Six Feet Under and True Blood, joins host Matt Ryan to discuss the production and legacy of "American Beauty." Recorded on 10/01/2015.
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