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      In the Field: Mexico City, Part II

      Part 2 of our trip to Mexico City features music from exciting young composers, the new paths they’re creating and the cultural influences shaping their work.

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      Musical Chameleon: 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. Seth talks with Schuller about his incredible life and legacy in music.

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      Synesthesia in Music and Visual Art

      Scriabin so linked color to his music that he created a “light organ” to display colors that corresponded to different notes in his pieces. How does color and visual art affect composers and their music today?

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      String Quartet Plus…

      Ever since its creation by Haydn in the 18th century, the string quartet has been one of the preeminent vehicles for more musical innovation. This show features new directions for the string quartet, pairing the quartet with unusual other instruments like frame drum, alto flute and more.

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      Composers Among Us: Errollyn Wallen

      The next in our series spotlighting talented up and comers features versatile singer, pianist and composer Errollyn Wallen, who is creating a unique body of work and making an international name for herself along the way.

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      Ambient Environments

      Composers like Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Bartók and have sought to musically depict their environs for centuries. How are landscapes, both urban and pastoral, being represented musically today?

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      Sounds of Summer

      The summer festival season is always a cornucopia of exciting premieres, new collaborations and famous composers and performers. We’ll feature the best of best from around the globe.

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      Louis Andriessen

      Just as influenced by the blazing energy of Count Basie’s big band as Steve Reich’s minimalism, Dutch composer Louis Andriessen was a true trailblazer in the 20th century. We celebrate his 75th birthday by looking back at his illustrious career.

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      Deep Resonances: Modern Music for Bass

      Thanks to virtuoso performers like Gary Karr, François Rabbath and Edgar Meyer, the double bass is leaping to the front of the concert stage and composers are taking note. This week we’ll listen to some of the music written in the last few decades for this sonorous and incredibly versatile instrument.

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      Joseph Schwantner

      A master of orchestral timbre and an ardent individualist, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner has been one of the most prolific composers in the 20th and 21st centuries. He visits our studios to talk about his life and music.

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      CONTACT! With the New York Philharmonic, part I

      Relevant Tones travels to New York to feature the Philharmonic’s exciting new music series, CONTACT! From world premieres by the next generation of young composers to established juggernauts, CONTACT! is at the cutting edge of music today.

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      CONTACT! With the New York Philharmonic, part II

      More music and interviews from the front lines of the New York Philharmonic’s new music concert series.

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      Finding the Bridge

      Founded in 1981 by enterprising guitarist and tireless contemporary music promoter David Starobin, Bridge Records was one of the first-ever contemporary music labels and is still going strong today.  Their adventurous spirit and admirable devotion to sonic clarity has garnered them no fewer than 20 Grammy nominations over the years. Tune in to hear why.

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      Modern Virtuoso: Pianist Kathleen Supové

      One of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, performance artist and keyboardist Kathleen Supové is known for breaking boundaries between audience and performer and for her multimedia performances as the “Exploding Piano”.

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      Foster the Music: Darmstadt

      One of the world’s most famous new music festivals has been held in Darmstadt since 1946. We’ll trace the festival from its beginnings through modern times and feature some of the seminal works that were premiered there.

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