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October 9, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Known just as much for its idyllic setting as its commitment to commissioning exciting works from big name composers, the Santa Fe Opera Festival has been the scene for some landmark developments in modern opera. We’ll feature the premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain as well as three other fascinating Santa Fe opera commissions.
October 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Formed as an unprecedented umbrella organization comprised of all of the groups in the city performing contemporary music, New Music Chicago is a model of large-scale, inter-organizational cooperation. We’ll feature audio from their ten-year anniversary concert.
October 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Kickstarter has emerged as a viable way for artists to realize their wildest ambitions, including new albums, commissions, world premiere performances and more. We’ll sample a few Kickstarter projects that we feel deserve wider support and recognition.
October 30, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Relevant Tones continues our popular In the Field series with a trip to Bogotá and Medillín for interviews with composers and performers busily making this South American country a mecca for new music.
November 6, 2015 at 10:00 pm
We continue our survey of music by Colombian composers and performers.
November 13, 2015 at 10:00 pm
In the short while since its launch, the Sono Luminus label has filled a vital need for composers by focusing primarily on contemporary music. We’ll talk with CEO Collin Rae about their mission and philosophy and play music from several important new releases.
November 20, 2015 at 10:00 pm
When we featured composers for whom music is a second job, we discovered so many “secret” composers that we’re returning to the subject to feature another crop of musical moonlighters.
November 27, 2015 at 10:00 pm
The symphony is perhaps the most storied form in classical music, but that doesn’t stop critics from periodically declaring its demise. What’s happening with the symphonic form in the modern era? Who is choosing to write for large forces and how are they keeping the sound fresh?
December 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm
The Thirsty Ear Festival features live performances by established masters and up and coming artists, all dedicated to performing ground-breaking works by living composers. In this special edition we’ll broadcast live from San Francisco.
December 11, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Chinese composer Bright Sheng grew up hearing traditional Chinese music but became fascinated by Western classical music. As a composer, he’s forged a highly successful career blending both sound worlds into a fascinatingly distinctive sonic identity.
December 18, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Our quarterly foray into the joyous, overflowing mass of music that is the Relevant Tones mailbag will feature highlights from the newest releases by composers from around the world.
December 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Although a famous name can open some doors, it’s not always easy following in the footsteps of a great artist. Many children of great composers and performers have chosen to go a different route altogether, but others have found their own artistic identity.