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May 27, 2016 at 8:30 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. Peter Sculthorpe: String Quartet No. 16, I (excerpt) Del Sol Quartet; Peter Kent, didjeridu Sono Luminus 92181 2:10 […]
May 20, 2016 at 8:00 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. George Gershwin: I Got Rhythm (excerpt) Earl Wild, arr. Jenny Lin, p. Steinway […]
May 13, 2016 at 10:00 pm
Chicago’s storied Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians has provided a unique place for musicians of all kinds to create unique and stunning new creations. AACM turned 50 in 2015 and we’ll celebrate with performances of Afterword, an opera about the AACM by longtime member and celebrated composer George Lewis. We’ll chat with Lewis about the piece, the […]
May 6, 2016 at 10:00 pm
From Stravinsky’s famous In Memoriam: Dylan Thomas to Hindemith’s Trauermusik, composers have long written their most personal and moving music as a tribute to a friend or great figure they admired. We’ll remember several great personalities with musical tributes by modern day composers. William Mayer: Brass Quintet, II Iowa Brass Quintet CRI 767 3:16 Ross […]
April 29, 2016 at 10:00 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. […]
April 22, 2016 at 10:00 pm
L.A. based ensemble wild Up is making their mark on the national contemporary music scene. We caught up with them at the recent Sonic Festival in New York City and will play music from that concert. Live recordings from their albums Feather and Stone and You of All Things, an album collaboration with Icelandic choir Graduale Nobili, are […]
April 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm
Relevant Tones has been carrying on a correspondence with several musicians in this recently 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. Julia Gomelskaya: Planet “The Life” for String Orchestra and Piano (excerpt) Kiev Camerata/Valeriy Matiukhin; Dmitry […]
April 8, 2016 at 10:00 pm
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. Literally “light-dark,” chiaroscuro in art is the creation of depth through the play of light […]
April 1, 2016 at 10:00 pm
In light of Steven Stucky’s recent and sudden death, we will be featuring works from his impressive repertoire. Stucky has a chameleon -like composing range using influences from Debussy, Schönberg, Lutoslawski, and more.
March 25, 2016 at 10:00 pm
Legendary Brazilian guitar duo Sergio and Odair Assad have been performing and recording together for 50 years, reinventing guitar technique along the way. We’ll talk with them about their remarkable career and feature music by a wide variety of composers who have written for them. Altamir Penha: Nós e o rio (excerpt) Sérgio & Odair […]
March 18, 2016 at 10:00 pm
Percussionist Payton MacDonald calls Super Marimba the nexus point of all of his artistic activities. Featuring influences from jazz and classical to Hindustani and improvisational music, this is the marimba as you’ve never heard it before.
March 11, 2016 at 10:00 pm
Aaron Jay Kernis, Yale faculty member and the winner of Northwestern University’s Nemmers Prize, visits WFMT to talk about his compositions.
March 4, 2016 at 10:00 pm
Today we leave the world of equal-temperament behind and explore various contemporary pieces written for instruments in just intonation.
February 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm
Four-time Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird performs music from their recent collaboration with the Sleeping Giant collective. A concert recorded live from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where they are currently resident artists. Timo Andres: Checkered Shade eighth blackbird 14:23, 3:29 Ted Hearne: By-By Huey eighth blackbird 9:48 Robert Honstein: Pulse & Touch from […]
February 19, 2016 at 10:00 pm
The Relevant Tones team travels to Shanghai for New Music Week, a relatively new but impressive festival held by the prestigious conservatory of music. The final edition in this four-part series features music of faculty composers at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.