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      In Memoriam

      From Stravinsky’s famous In Memoriam: Dylan Thomas to Hindemith’s Trauermusik, composers have long written their most personal and moving music as a tribute to a friend or great figure they admired.  We’ll remember several great personalities with musical tributes by modern day composers. William Mayer: Brass Quintet, II Iowa Brass Quintet CRI 767 3:16 Ross […]

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      AACM at 50

      Chicago’s storied Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians has provided a unique place for musicians of all kinds to create unique and stunning new creations.  AACM turned 50 in 2015 and we’ll celebrate with performances of Afterword, an opera about the AACM by longtime member and celebrated composer George Lewis.  We’ll chat with Lewis about the piece, the […]

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      Pianist Jenny Lin

      Stunningly versatile pianist Jenny Lin has recorded with jazz musicians, rockers, contemporary composers and everyone in between.  Equally comfortable playing Shostakovich on the same concert as giving a world premiere, Lin is a vital talent that is taking concert halls by storm. George Gershwin: I Got Rhythm (excerpt) Earl Wild, arr. Jenny Lin, p. Steinway […]

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      Recent Programs

      A Change in Opinion

      A Change of Opinion

      Throughout history, composers who have been known for championing a particular musical style have shocked their fans by radically and suddenly changing their aesthetic.  Why does this happen, and who’s changing their style in the modern era? George Rochberg: String Quartet No. 3 (excerpt) Concord String Quartet New World 80551 1:19 George Rochberg: Bagatelle No. […]

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      wild Up performs their debut in NYC.

      wild Up performs their debut in NYC.

      Sonic Festival: wild Up

      L.A. based ensemble wild Up is making their mark on the national contemporary music scene. We caught up with them at the recent Sonic Festival in New York City and will play music from that concert. Live recordings from their albums Feather and Stone and You of All Things, an album collaboration with Icelandic choir Graduale Nobili, are […]

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      Ukraine's famous Saint Sophia's Cathedral in Kiev

      Ukraine's famous Saint Sophia's Cathedral in Kiev

      Letters from Ukraine

      Relevant Tones has been carrying on a correspondence with several musicians in this recently war-torn region, where making music has recently been a challenge.  We’ll share their stories and feature chamber and orchestral works by composers determined to carry on. Julia Gomelskaya: Planet “The Life” for String Orchestra and Piano (excerpt) Kiev Camerata/Valeriy Matiukhin; Dmitry […]

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      Citizen Kane Light Shadow Still

      Musical Chiaroscuro

      Literally “light-dark,” chiaroscuro in art is the creation of depth through the play of light and shadow.  This artistic technique has inspired legions of composers to try and create the same contrasts in music through timbral shadings and instrumental colors. Literally “light-dark,” chiaroscuro in art is the creation of depth through the play of light […]

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