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Marielle and Katia Labeque: Music For 176 Keys

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French piano duo, Katia and Marielle Labeque, have pioneered double piano music for nearly 40 years.
Umberto Nicoletti
French piano duo, Katia and Marielle Labeque, have pioneered double piano music for nearly 40 years.

On today's show:

A Long-Running Family Act

(Starts at 7:45)

Pianists Marielle and Katia Labeque have been playing as a duo for nearly 40 years. The sisters were born in France to a musical family and, since their acclaimed 1980 recording of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” have brought international attention to music for two pianos. They’ve performed traditional repertoire such as Mozart and Brahms, interpreted modern works of Luciano Berio and Philip Glass and, more recently, they’ve commissioned new works by contemporary musicians including Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and The National’s Bryce Dessner. John Horn spoke with the sisters ahead of their performance of “Carnival Of The Animals” at the Hollywood Bowl.

Will Katzenberg's Big Idea Fly?

(Starts at :45)

John Horn talks with Variety's Elaine Low about Jeffrey Katzenberg's new venture, known as Quibi. It's described by Low (and colleague Joe Otterson) as "a new concept of entertainment: short-form, highly produced shows and movies that viewers would watch from their smartphones in 'chapters.' The service, which launches April 6, 2020, would come to be known as Quibi, short for 'quick bites.' Targeting 25- to 35-year-old millennials, Quibi will house serialized scripted and unscripted content as well as news and sports. But one industry exec, who prefers to remain unnamed, questions whether young people, so used to getting something for nothing, will cotton to Quibi’s plans to offer an ad-supported tier for $4.99 a month and an ad-free version for $7.99 a month."

A Venerable Showcase In Little Tokyo

Tuesday Night Café is the longest-running Asian American performance series in the United States. For more than twenty years the series has provided a stage in L.A.’s Little Tokyo for musicians, singers, poets and other performers to try new material. But TNC is more than just another venue for a gig — it’s also deeply rooted in community, collaboration, and a sense of history. The Frame’s Andrea Gutierrez has the story.

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