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October 2, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Since earliest times, music has always had a ritual purpose in human society, but these ritualistic functions are often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the modern world. We’ll play music by composers still thinking of the ceremonial importance music can play in our lives.
September 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Ground breakers, virtuosos, and commissioners of many of the world’s twentieth and twenty-first century string quartet masterpieces, the influence of the Kronos Quartet cannot be underestimated. We’ll feature a sampling of their luminous output over the years.
September 18, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Michael Colgrass has had a varied career as jazz drummer, freelance percussionist and composer of a dizzying array of works in every conceivable genre.
September 11, 2015 at 10:00 pm
A relatively new festival in a remote part of Catalonia featuring music by electro-acoustic composers, SIRGA has recently grown into an international event that brings musicians from all over the world. Relevant Tones visits the SIRGA festival to feature audio from their concerts.
September 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm
The twentieth century saw an interesting movement as composers banded together in collectives to help promote each other’s work. The movement has only gotten stronger in the twenty-first century with the rise of entrepreneurialism in classical music. We’ll feature the music of several composer collectives and take a close look at their inner workings.
August 28, 2015 at 10:00 pm
This week we’re exploring a newer musical medium: the laptop. We wanted to find out what exactly groups named PLOrk, CLOrk, and Benoit and the Mandelbrots could possibly have to offer. The answer surprised us. We discovered improvisation, live coding, and even orchestral collaboration.
August 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Much like the novel, people are always pronouncing the symphony to be a dead form. And yet, composers continue to write symphonies at an incredible pace. We’ll feature music by composers around the world who are adding to the symphonic canon.
August 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Throughout history, composers who have been known for championing a particular musical style have shocked their fans by radically and suddenly changing their aesthetic. Why does this happen, and who’s changing their style in the modern era? George Rochberg: String Quartet No. 3 (excerpt) Concord String Quartet New World 80551 1:19 George Rochberg: Bagatelle No. […]
August 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm
We all know the Pastoral Symphony of Beethoven, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture inspired by Fingal’s Cave, and the music by Vaughan Williams inspired by the English countryside. But in the modern era, the urban environment is inspiring many composers to capture its sounds in music.
July 31, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Critic Kyle Gann says “Singleton’s music is soulful, with an understated simplicity that I particularly prize. Despite the studied economy of his means and the set character of his images, the music is never cold … nor abstract. It glows with warmth.” We’ll feature Singleton’s music on our next Composer Spotlight.
July 24, 2015 at 10:00 pm
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?
July 17, 2015 at 10:00 pm
In recent years composers have become interested in the fact that the performers can do things on stage other than just play their instrument: stomp their feet, clap, play simple percussion, and even sing. We’ll feature a variety of pieces from composers who ask musicians (who are not trained singers) to vocalize and supplement their […]
July 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Stunningly versatile pianist Jenny Lin has recorded with jazz musicians, rockers, contemporary composers and everyone in between. Equally comfortable playing Shostakovich on the same concert as giving a world premiere, Lin is a vital talent that is taking concert halls by storm.
July 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm
We’re having a ball trying to keep up with our ever-expanding musical collection as composers and performers around the world joyously overwhelm us with their creations. We’re consistently amazed by their level of talent and artistry, and are thrilled this week to share their music with our listeners. Amy Wurtz: String Quartet No. 1, I […]
June 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm
This new release by the Del Sol Quartet marks the first time that all of the string quartets by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe have appeared on one recording. We’ll play several selections from this remarkable new album.