Contemporary Classical Music
Subscribe
via iTunes
Or other
podcatcher

what’s playing now

      Recent Programs

      Jonny Greenwood playing a glockenspiel with Radiohead at the Heineken Music Hall (Photo by Michell Zappa)

      Jonny Greenwood playing a glockenspiel with Radiohead at the Heineken Music Hall (Photo by Michell Zappa)

      Radiohead

      Crossover between classical and rock musicians was common in the 1970’s but has taken a bit of a break until recently. Now instead of composers influencing rock musicians like Brian Eno, a rock band is having a huge influence on a diverse array of composers around the globe. The music of Radiohead has been arranged […]

      Read More >

      Recording_instantaneous_discs_at_the_Sound_Department_of_the_Finnish_Broadcasting_Company,_1930s

      Extra Tones: Setting Records

      If you enjoyed our episode “Contemporary Vinyl,” here is something extra! Why is releasing music on vinyl an upward trend currently? Just what is it that makes vinyl so incredible? In this podcast we explore these questions and dive into how exactly vinyl is made. Special thanks to Peter McDowell and Eighth Blackbird, Julia Nicols-Corry […]

      Read More >

      Broadcasting_records_over_the_radio,_1940s

      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” […]

      Read More >

      q2music_1

      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 […]

      Read More >

      ear_taxi

      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” […]

      Read More >

      Beautiful-view-beautiful-buildings-city-landscape-wallpapers-hi

      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 […]

      Read More >

      2310828030_950a940858_z

      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 […]

      Read More >

      Bob and Kathleen Lombardo in 2013

      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.

      Read More >

      "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 […]

      Read More >

      string-quartet-instruments

      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, […]

      Read More >

      The depiction of Medusa from painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

      The depiction of Medusa from painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

      Musical Mythology

      Seth talks with composer Stacy Garrop about the new recording of her Mythology Symphony inspired by Greek myths. Starting with the exhilarating piece Becoming Medusa, which tells the story of Medusa, a beautiful woman turned into a hideous monster, to the quiet sounds of Penelope Waits, the touching tale of a wife waiting for her […]

      Read More >

      Composer Einojuhani Rautavaara died July 27, 2016 at the age of 87.

      Composer Einojuhani Rautavaara died July 27, 2016 at the age of 87.

      Remembering Einojuhani Rautavaara

      The great Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara died on July 27, 2016.  He was easily the best-known and widely considered the greatest Finnish composer of his generation and he was the last living link to Jean Sibelius. We were lucky enough to interview him in his home in 2014 for the program In the Field: Finland. In […]

      Read More >

      q2music_1

      Soundward: The Best Through the Ages

      Back by popular demand! Seth welcomes Phil Kline, host on Q2 Music and composer who makes music in many genres and contexts, into a rousing debate and conversation about newly released music like Abrahamsen’s Let Me Tell You while rediscovering old favorites like Satie’s Portrait De Socrate. Another exciting installment of Soundward! Check out Phil Kline weekdays at […]

      Read More >

      Image Credit: Alex Delfanne

      Image Credit: Alex Delfanne

      What is Wandelweiser?

      Originally a German musical creation, Wandelweiser is a kind of extreme minimalism that is fast becoming popular with composers around the world. We talk with two of its creators, Jürg Frey and Eva-Maria Houben, about the phenomenal growth of this movement. Jürg Frey: More or Less Normal a.pe.ri.od.ic 5:37 Frey: 60 Pieces of Sound (excerpt) […]

      Read More >

      Shuffling the deck, music chosen by luck and chance.

      A riffle shuffle being performed during a game of poker at a bar near Madison, Wisconsin. Photo by: Johnny Blood

      Dealer’s Choice!

      Great music is a game of expertise, luck, and chance. Seth curates a list of great music and discusses why it’s a winner.   Peter Stopschinski Now Would Be a Good Time “Agitated Conversation” [EXCERPT] 2:14 Vykintas Baltakas “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” 6:48 Karel Husa Karel Husa: String Quartets Nos. 2 And 3 “String Quartet No. […]

      Read More >