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      Top: Susanna Philips and Eric Owens in L'Amour de Loin. 
Image © 2016 The Metropolitan Opera.
 
Bottom: Heresy Opera Photo by Ros Kavanagh

      Top: Susanna Philips and Eric Owens in L'Amour de Loin. Image © 2016 The Metropolitan Opera.   Bottom: Heresy Opera Photo by Ros Kavanagh

      Love and Heresy

      About this show: We had the distinct pleasure of attending two recent opera premieres, the World Premiere of Heresy in Dublin by Roger Doyle and the Met’s premiere of L’Amour de Loin by acclaimed composer Kaija Saariaho. Both operas explore universal themes in strikingly different ways, from Doyle’s setting of the infamous heresy trial of […]

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      photo by Howard Lipin

      photo by Howard Lipin

      Composer Spotlight: Chinary Ung

      Cambodian composer Chinary Ung came to the U.S. to study clarinet and composition but was forced to stay when the Khmer Rouge uprising broke out in his home country killing millions.  Over the years he has helped many family members and friends escape that regime and has documented his struggles in music.   Music Featured […]

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      Gabriel Prokofiev

      Gabriel Prokofiev

        London-based DJ, composer and entrepreneur Gabriel Prokofiev talks with Seth Boustead about composing and performing for a 21st century audience, family legacies, and the use of sampling in classical music.   Prokofiev worked with hip-hop turntablist DJ Yoda on the piece Concerto for Turntable and Orchestra. Prokofiev talks about working with DJ Yoda and […]

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      Recent Programs

      Left: Queen Ida, Top Right: Hey Chere performing at The Hideout in Chicago, IL, Bottom Right: Son Monarcas

      Left: Queen Ida, Top Right: Hey Chere performing at The Hideout in Chicago, IL, Bottom Right: Son Monarcas

      Extra Tones: The Music of Migration

      Extra Tones is a podcast that goes deeper into subjects covered on Relevant Tones. In The Accordion, Seth explored composers who are writing new music for the accordion. Traditionally thought of as a European folk instrument, The Music of Migration tells the story of how accordion music has evolved as it’s traveled with immigrants to […]

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      Soundward: Old Faves New Raves

      About this show: Soundward is a collaboration between Relevant Tones host Seth Boustead and Q2 music host Phil Kline in which the pair sit down and listen to new music releases. The show begins with a piece from the late New York composer, Julius Eastman. Although he was relatively unknown outside of the New York […]

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      Composer Champions

        Where would Gustav Mahler be without the incredible support of Leonard Bernstein?  Bach without the support of Mendelssohn?  Being championed by a famous performer or conductor is an incredible leg up to the career of many composers.  Who are the modern day composer champions, and whose work are they promoting?   Music featured on […]

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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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