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      Robert Spano conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Jeff Roffman (http://www.jeffroffman.com/)

      Robert Spano conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Jeff Roffman (http://www.jeffroffman.com/)

      The Atlanta School

      Conductor Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have created a thriving community of composers who have come to be known as “The Atlanta School”. They include Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis, Osvaldo Golijov, and Michael Gandolfi, and this week we’ll listen to their music. Michael Gandolfi: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, I-III Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Spano […]

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      James Matheson composing music. Photo by Michele Panduri Metalli, 2013.

      Composer Spotlight: James Matheson

        With important commissions from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic among others, and a new and highly praised album release, James Matheson has established a reputation as a composer of finely tuned, individualistic music with wide ranging appeal.  We’ll chat with him about his career and play his music.  

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      Listening Party

      We invite some of our favorite musical friends to bring a new recording into the studio for listening, lively discussion and the joy of new discoveries. Music featured on this show: Max Grafe: “Bantams in Pine-wood” fr. Three Madrigals Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble 1:53 Michael Gordon: Industry Maya Beiser, amplified cello 10:23 Peter Ablinger: Drei […]

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      Soundward: Finding New Voices

      It’s a format as old as time: two guys sit down to play music and talk about it.  Soundward, a continuing collaboration between Relevant Tones and Q2 Music, features lively conversation, new releases from composers around the globe and interesting new discoveries.   Phil Kline is a composer and hosts a two-hour show weekdays at 11am […]

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      Portrait of Joseph Schwantner

      Joseph Schwantner

      A master of orchestral timbre and an ardent individualist, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner has been one of the most prolific composers in the 20th and 21st centuries. He visits our studios to talk about his life and music.   Music featured on this program: All pieces composed by Joseph Schwantner “Aftertones of Infinity” Juilliard Orchestra […]

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      Man playing a Hohner accordion

      Man playing a Hohner accordion

      The Accordion

        Once relegated solely to the status of folk instrument, the accordion is being used more and more by composers around the world in a stunning variety of different musical contexts.  We’ll feature music for this storied instrument and talk to a few of the composers about how it inspired them.   Music Featured on […]

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      Alarm Will Sound performing Logon Rock Witch by Aphex Twin (arr. Jonathan Newman)

      Alarm Will Sound performing Logon Rock Witch by Aphex Twin (arr. Jonathan Newman)

      Crossing Barriers

      A big trend in the 2000’s saw contemporary music ensembles commissioning composers not to write new pieces for them but to arrange music by pop artists. We’ll listen to music from two such collaborations: Alarm Will Sound performing arrangements of electronic musician Aphex Twin and Osso Quartet’s arrangements of indie pop superstar Sufjan Stevens. Sufjan […]

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