About

Brian Lauritzen is an award-winning arts journalist for Classical KUSC. He is the producer and host of nationwide concert broadcasts of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as KUSC’s weekly arts magazine Arts Alive and the early music program Baroque & Beyond. Additionally, Brian writes and produces features for KUSC’s more than 50 concert broadcasts each year including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Piano Spheres. His work as part of these series has been broadcast internationally by NPR, American Public Media, and the WFMT Radio Network.

During his tenure at Classical KUSC, Brian has interviewed dozens of top classical musicians and artists. Among them, Gustavo Dudamel, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Valery Gergiev, Placido Domingo, John Adams, and many others. Brian is also the host of several critically acclaimed podcasts: Behind the Curtain at LA Opera, the LA Chamber Orchestra podcasts, and Concrete Voices—real stories from the streets of Hollywood.

When he’s not in the studio, you can often find Brian careening down snowy slopes (on skis–never a snowboard); chasing an errant serve (his own) outside a tennis court; or swinging his sand wedge wildly from the fairway bunker. He’s also a passionate lifelong Minnesota Twins fan who quickly learned to love the Dodgers as his National League team.

7 thoughts on “About

  1. OH, THE MEMORIES OF HOLYROOD CHAPEL!! I’M TRYING TO RECALL AN ANECDOTE ABOUT MAYBE MENDELSSOHN AND HIS MEMORIES OF SCOTLAND BEING MIXED UP WITH HIS MEMORIES OF ITALY, OR AM I LOSING IT?

  2. Brian, after hearing you on my go-to radio station (KUSC), it’s great to get to know a bit about you. I must be honest and say that along with the marvelous music, your dulcet tones and scintillating musings are equally restorative and refreshing. I am always irked when you take a probably well-deserved break from hosting and look forward to the hopefully imminent return of your soothing voice! Thanks for helping to make the music so special!

  3. Hi Brian. I am writing u at the suggestion of my friend who plays for the LA Phil. For my 50th (!!!!) bday I am inviting my friends to join me in some classes in subjects we know nothing about or have never done — rowing, Talmud, making our own pasta… Etc. One class I want to take is in classical music. I don’t get it. Brahms? Chopin? All sounds irrelevant and the same to me, but at least I know that’s because of me and not the music. I asked my friend if she would enlighten me but she doesn’t feel qualified. And so she recommended u!! Would u ever do something like that — teach a handful of middle aged plebeians what is so great and pertinent about the music of some dead, old composers? I know it sounds crazy, but maybe fun too?
    Thanks for your time and consideration
    Jennifer

  4. Thank you Brian! That is a wonderful one too! How about the one where he was scoffing at the Scottish harp music in the taverns? Something about raucous renditions of traditional tunes…

  5. Thank you Brian! That is a wonderful one too! How about the one where he was scoffing at the Scottish harp music in the taverns? Something about raucous renditions of traditional tunes…

  6. In your commentary during the Dudamel concert on NPR/WABE Atlanta last night, you read a wonderful Mendelssohn quote about harps in taverns in Scotland, if I have it right. Can you send me the quote? I wasn’t able to find it online. Thanks!!

    • Hi Nancy, thanks for finding me here! The quote from Mendelssohn was inspired by the ruins of the Holyrood Chapel in Edinburgh. Here it is: “The chapel is now roofless, grass and ivy grow there, and at that broken altar Mary was crowned Queen of Scotland. Everything round is broken and mouldering and the bright sky shines in. I believe I today found in that old chapel the beginning of my ‘Scottish’ Symphony.”

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