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      Seth Boustead, Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Jesse McQuarters at Rautavaara's home in Helsinki, Finland.

      Modern Symphony, Part II

      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?

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      Shulamit Ran

      Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran crafts music of an intimately personal nature, making her one of the most often performed composers of her generation. We’ll talk with Shulamit about her music, the Contempo music series, and her legacy at the University of Chicago, where she was a highly regarded professor for many years.

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      Composer Spotlight: Bright Sheng

      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.

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      CD Roundup: New Releases

      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.

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      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.

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      Music Inspired by Rumi

      Persian mystic poet and polymath Rumi has inspired countless artists, and composers are no exception. Music from Eric Whitacre, Augusta Read Thomas, Christopher Theofanidis, and more.

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      Gunther Schuller

      He’s played with Miles Davis, was principal horn of the Cleveland Symphony at age 18, is the co-creator of the “third stream” movement and so much more. In this program from 2014, Seth talks with the late Gunther Schuller about his incredible life and legacy in music.

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      Shanghai New Music Week, Part I

      The Relevant Tones team travels to Shanghai for New Music Week, a relatively new but impressive festival held by the oldest conservatory of music in China. This first in a four-part series features the music of Chen Yi and Beat Fuhrer.

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      Shanghai New Music Week Part II

      The Relevant Tones team travels to Shanghai for New Music Week, a relatively new but impressive festival held by the prestigious Shangai Conservatory of Music. This second in a four-part series features performances by the renowned Ensemble Intercontemporain.

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      Spektral Quartet – Serious Business CD Release

      Though relatively new on the scene, with their signature combination of virtuosic playing, audience-friendly manner and willingness to take risks, Spektral Quartet is proving to be a string quartet to watch. We’ll feature their latest release on the Sono Luminous Album, Serious Business.

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      The Art of Spoken Word

      It takes fine craftsmanship to achieve a perfect partnership between text and music in which neither element overshadows the other. This week, we’ll listen to a fascinating array of spoken word and music by composers striving to achieve this symmetry.

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      Shanghai New Music Week Part III

      The Relevant Tones team travels to Shanghai for New Music Week, a relatively new but impressive festival held by the prestigious conservatory of music. This third in a four-part series features premiere performances of music by the guest composers.

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      Sonic Festival: Wild Up

      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 as well as other Wild Up recordings.

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      Just Intonation

      Today we leave the world of equal-temperament behind and explore various contemporary pieces written for instruments in just intonation.

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      Aaron Jay Kernis

      Aaron Jay Kernis, Yale faculty member and the winner of Northwestern University’s Nemmers Prize, visits WFMT to talk about his compositions.

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