Contemporary Classical Music
Subscribe
via iTunes
Or other
podcatcher

what’s playing now

      Recent Programs

      Visual Aids

      We’ve always been fascinated here at Relevant Tones with how our perceptions of music change when it’s paired with visual imagery. With that in mind we’re asking several prominent visual artists to suggest imagery to a wide variety of different pieces by living composers. Relax, close your eyes and enjoy the view!

      Read More >

      CD Grab Bag

      We’re thrilled to receive hundreds of CDs a year from around the country as well as from far-flung corners of the globe. We listen to everything we receive and then feature an eclectic mix of music we think our listeners should hear from established labels to self-producing artists making their very first recording.

      Read More >

      Still Goldberg After All These Years (WFMT broadcast)

      More information about this program is available here.

      Read More >

      Composers Among Us: Robert Kritz (syndicated release)

      Composer Robert Kritz spent many years working in the corporate world by day and busily composing music into the wee hours of the night. A decision several years ago to show some of his pieces to professional composers was the occasion of great excitement and led to a flurry of public performances and commissions. We’ll talk with Kritz about his unusual career path as a composer and feature live performances of several of his pieces by the musicians who support his work.

      Read More >

      Composer Cosmology

      As astrophysicists like Neil deGrasse Tyson learn more about the cosmos and present their often strange and wondrous findings to the public, the creative mind can’t help but be captivated and inspired, and composers are certainly no exception. From super strings to quarks, multiple dimensions to M theory, we’ll play several imaginative works by composers captivated by our universe.

      Read More >

      Composers Among Us: Robert Kritz (live WFMT broadcast)

      More information about this program is available here.

      Read More >

      Still Goldberg After All These Years

      Modern works inspired by Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

      Read More >

      Going Solo

      There is perhaps no more intimate connection in music than when a composer writes a solo piece specifically for a gifted performer, crafting the piece for the player’s specific strengths and musical tastes. We’ll talk with several performers about solos that have been written for them and feature performances of the pieces recorded live in our Levin studio.

      Read More >

      DSC00368

      In the Field: Seoul, Part II

      The second in our two-part series featuring composers and performers from Seoul, South Korea.

      Read More >

      Seoul-South-Korea-cityscape-by-dusk-1600x1066

      In the Field: Seoul, Part I

      Relevant Tones goes in the field to this hotbed of contemporary classical music- Seoul, South Korea- to discover emerging and established composers. In part I we’ll chat with the composers and showcase the dynamic music scene there.

      Read More >

      composing

      Modern-Day Moonlighters

      Philip Glass is arguably the most famous plumber, mover and cab driver ever to work in New York. While not every example is that extreme, there are quite a few composers with day jobs – multitalented people that advocate for their fellow composers, write, work in radio or have a Ph.D in neuroscience.

      Read More >

      Composers Among Us: Laura Elise Schwendinger

      Our popular series profiling emerging composers continues with Laura Elise Schwendinger, an artist whose strongly personal style of music is filled with kinetic energy and slow-burning intensity.

      Read More >

      The Modern Oratorio

      Large-scale sacred works might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of contemporary music, but a number of important composers are creating expansive works inspired by their concept of a higher power.

      Read More >

      Unknown

      In the Field: Mizzou Part II

      More music from the vibrant inferno of creative energy that is the Mizzou International Composers Festival, featuring Alarm Will Sound, exciting works by faculty composers and a bundle of premieres, concerts and workshops.

      Read More >

      Unknown

      In the Field: Mizzou Part I

      Fast becoming the go-to summer music festival in the Midwest, the concerts and workshops at the University of Missouri’s International Composers Festival are a sure-fire place to hear imaginative new music from emerging composers.

      Read More >