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Relevant Tones

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Hosted by Seth Boustead (Chicago-based composer and Director of Access Contemporary Music), Relevant Tones is a weekly exploration of a vibrant and continuing classical music tradition as it thrives in the 20th and 21st centuries. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this program celebrates the dynamic, diverse, and incredibly germane output of modern-day composers.

Hosted by Seth Boustead (Chicago-based composer and Director of Access Contemporary Music), Relevant Tones is a weekly exploration of a vibrant and continuing classical music tradition as it thrives in the 20th and 21st centuries. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this program celebrates the dynamic, diverse, and incredibly germane output of modern-day composers.
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Chicago, IL

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Hosted by Seth Boustead (Chicago-based composer and Director of Access Contemporary Music), Relevant Tones is a weekly exploration of a vibrant and continuing classical music tradition as it thrives in the 20th and 21st centuries. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this program celebrates the dynamic, diverse, and incredibly germane output of modern-day composers.

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English

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WFMT Radio Network 5400 N St. Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625-4698 (773) 279-2020


Episodes

Haitian Composers

8/3/2018
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Cellist, music educator, and concert organizer Tom Clowes stops by to talk with Seth about the music of Haitian composers. The post Haitian Composers appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Composer Spotlight: Joan Tower

7/27/2018
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Joan Tower is an accomplished composer, conductor, pianist and educator who has reached the pinnacle of success and inspired numerous composers to follow in her footsteps. The post Composer Spotlight: Joan Tower appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Just Intonation

7/20/2018
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In Just Intonation, we're leaving the world of equal-temperament behind and exploring various contemporary pieces written for instruments. The post Just Intonation appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:56

Musical Miniatures

7/13/2018
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The shorter the better! An hour dedicated to mini masterworks. The post Musical Miniatures appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Henryk Górecki

7/6/2018
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The New Yorker critic, Alex Ross, has said no recent classical composer has had as much commercial success as Henryk Górecki. We're featuring music from Górecki's career. The post Henryk Górecki appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:23

Playing it Wrong

6/29/2018
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It gives technicians fits, but composers and performers are always experimenting with new “wrong” ways to play their instrument. The post Playing it Wrong appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:21

Contemporary Vinyl

6/22/2018
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Old is new again as composers and performers return to the LP format for their latest releases. The post Contemporary Vinyl appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

Boston Modern Orchestra Project

6/15/2018
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In Boston, we're listening to the newest recordings off BMOP/sound label and talking to Creative Director and Conductor, Gil Rose. The post Boston Modern Orchestra Project appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

New Music Gathering

6/8/2018
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New Music Gathering is an annual three-day conference dedicated to the performance, production, promotion, support and creation of new concert music held at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. The post New Music Gathering appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

Composers Among Us: Robert Kritz

6/1/2018
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Composer Robert Kritz passed away in April 2018. To honor his spirit we’re re-broadcasting this program featuring Robert’s work. Robert spent many years working in the corporate world by day and busily composing music into the wee hours of the night. A decision several years ago to show some of his pieces to professional composers was the occasion of great ... The post Composers Among Us: Robert Kritz appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

Music of Burying and Marrying

5/25/2018
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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 Ionel Petroi, Ross Edwards and Tan Dun who still think of the ceremonial importance music can play in our lives. The post Music of Burying and Marrying appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:22

Musical Mythology

5/18/2018
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Seth Boustead talks with composer Stacy Garrop about the new recording of her Mythology Symphony inspired by Greek myths. Starting with the exhilarating opening movement Becoming Medusa, which tells the story of Medusa, a beautiful woman turned into a hideous monster, to the quiet sounds of Penelope Waits, the second movement with the touching tale of a wife waiting for ... The post Musical Mythology appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Live at LPR: Modern Mexico

5/11/2018
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(le) poisson rouge (LPR) is a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate in New York City. We’re broadcasting from LPR’s stage in front of a live studio audience to celebrate Cinco De Mayo by presenting a musical program dedicated to Mexican composers. The post Live at LPR: Modern Mexico appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

Dealer’s Choice

4/13/2018
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Great music is a game of expertise, luck, and chance. Seth deals out a playlist of great music including David Maslanka and discusses why it’s a winner in this year’s Dealer’s Choice. The post Dealer’s Choice appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

Composer Spotlight: Javier Alvarez

4/6/2018
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Mexican composer Javier Alvarez uses his travels to create eclectic electroacoustic works using influences from Mexico to Cuba, the Caribbean to Korea. Composer John Adams said the music of Alvarez “reveals influences of popular cultures that go beyond the borders of our own time and place.” The post Composer Spotlight: Javier Alvarez appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:24

Azul

3/23/2018
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The ever-busy New York-based chamber orchestra The Knights has worked with some of the top composers and musicians in the world including Osvaldo Golijov on a stunning new release of his large scale symphonic work, Azul. The piece draws on several world music traditions as do the other pieces on the album. We talked to founding violinist and composer Colin ... The post Azul appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:51:30

Shulamit Ran

3/16/2018
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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. The post Shulamit Ran appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:23

Composers Among Us: Nicole Lizée

3/9/2018
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JUNO-nominated composer Nicole Lizée creates new music from an eclectic mix of influences including the earliest MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and 1960s modernism. She is fascinated by the glitches made by outmoded and well-worn technology and captures these glitches, notates them and integrates them into live performance. Nicole’s compositions range from works for orchestra and ... The post Composers Among Us: Nicole Lizée appeared first on...

Duration:00:58:24

Listening Party 2017

3/2/2018
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We invite some of our favorite musical friends to bring a new recording into the studio for listening, lively discussion and the joy of new discoveries. Seth sits down with violinist Doyle Armbrust and composers Kyong Mee Choi, Nomi Epstein, and Jeff Kowalkowski. The post Listening Party 2017 appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26

Composer Spotlight: Thomas Adès

2/23/2018
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Since his early teens, Thomas Adès has been a commanding figure in the world of classical music as a triple threat pianist, conductor and composer. We talk with him about his career including his work at, among others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies, BBC Symphony, and City of Birmingham Symphony ... The post Composer Spotlight: Thomas Adès appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration:00:58:26