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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.
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.
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 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 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Ground breakers, virtuousos, 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 talk with the musicians and feature a sampling of their luminous output over the years.
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.
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 and interviews 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.