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      Ambient Environments

      Composers like Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Bartók and have sought to musically depict their environs for centuries. How are landscapes, both urban and pastoral, being represented musically today? We’ll hear composer’s portrayals of locations like David Sampson’s Grant Park in Chicago, the surrounding islands of Australia from Peter Sculthorpe, Michael Daughterty’s George Washington from Mount Rushmore […]

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      The Ear Taxi Festival: A Preview

      Chicago is rapidly becoming known as one of the country’s premiere cities for contemporary music and the Ear Taxi festival aims to showcase this great work. We’ll choose the highlights from the festival’s ambitious lineup of 300 musicians, 75 composers, 25 ensembles, and 53 world premieres Pablo Chin “Three Burials I” EXCERPT Amos Gillespie “Lacework” […]

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      Soundward: What’s New from Cantaloupe Music

      Another episode in our ongoing series of conversations with Phil Kline from Q2 Music features a typically eclectic lineup of new releases that we think should be on your radar. The Beatles “Revolution 9” (arr. Matt Marks) from Modernists EXCERPT Charles Wuorinen “Big Spinoff” from Modernists 8:25 Kate Moore “Broken Rosary” from Kate Moore: Stories […]

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      Contemporary Vinyl

      Old is new again as composers and performers return to the LP format for their latest releases. We’ll dust off our record player to feature a variety of new music released on vinyl. Frank Zappa “Igor’s Boogie” 0:39 Zbigiew Turski “Sinfonia Olimpica” from Adrzej Markowski Conducts the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchetra EXCERPT Dana Lyn “Maintenance Music” […]

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      Extra Tones: Computing to Composing

      Extra Tones is a new podcast series featuring exclusive content that is not featured in our show, Relevant Tones. The podcast is produced by Relevant Tones reporter, Bea Aldrich. In this first episode, we explore how exactly composing software, such as Sibelius and Finale music notation software has changed the way in which composers compose […]

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      Bob and Kathleen Lombardo in 2013

      Rebroadcast: Robert Lombardo

      Robert Lombardo’s sixty years of compositions has made an extraordinary mark on the Chicago contemporary classical music scene. Relevant Tones on WFMT is remembering the late Kathleen Lombardo, whose poems inspired and are frequently the texts of many of Robert’s compositions.

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      "The fallboard of a Knabe grand piano made in around 1884" by Emeraldnabi is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

      "The fallboard of a Knabe grand piano made in around 1884" by Emeraldnabi is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

      Tickling the Ivories

      All music written for and adapted for piano. Seth features sneak previews upcoming releases from Bridge Records, including the latest Etudes from David Rakowski to new recordings from the acclaimed piano duo Quattro Mani. Hear the exotic sounds of an etude for talking piano to a piece featuring the unusual piano-like instrument, the celesta. David Rakowski […]

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      String Quartet Plus…

      Ever since its creation by Haydn in the 18th century, the string quartet has been one of the preeminent vehicles for more musical innovation. This show features new directions for the string quartet, pairing the quartet with unusual other instruments like frame drum, alto flute and more. William Kraft: Music for String Quartet and Percussion, […]

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