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      Postcard from Ukraine

      Letters from Ukraine

      Relevant Tones has been carrying on a correspondence with several musicians in this 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.

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      Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain

      Relevant Tones partners with the Santa Fe Opera to feature a sneak preview of Jennifer Higdon’s soon-to-be-premiered first opera, Cold Mountain, based on Charles Frazier’s best-selling novel.

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      Dial Tones

      RT calls up our radio and podcasting friends around the world to find out what new music they think will dominating our airwaves and digital bit streams in 30 years.

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      Stulginska

      Composer Alive: Poland  

      An innovative collaboration with Warsaw composer Agnieszka Stulgińska in which a piece of music is publicly performed in installments as work on it progresses.  We’ll hear Agnieszka’s thought process, play each installment, and sit alongside the composer as she hears the world premiere of the completed work.  

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      Recent Programs

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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. 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 Minuten für Orchester SWR Sinfonieorchester/Sylvain […]

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      Playing it Wrong

      It gives technicians fits, but composers and performers are always experimenting with new “wrong” ways to play their instrument.  From Bartok pizz to prepared piano, multiphonics to slap tongue, many of these techniques have made it into the standard repertoire.  What new extended techniques are being pioneered today?

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      Augusta Reed Thomas

      Composer Spotlight: Augusta Read Thomas

      One of the leading composers of our time and an ardent promoter of new music throughout the world, Augusta Read Thomas is an artistic force to be reckoned with.  

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      Light Shadow in Citizen Kane

      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. Jacob Druckman: Chiaroscuro (excerpt) Juilliard Orchestra/Foss New World 80381 1:04 Steven Block: Shadows Slovak Radio […]

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