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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

Composer Cosmology

9/22/2017
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As astrophysicists like Neil deGrasse Tyson learn more about the cosmos and present their often strange and wondrous findings to the public, the creative mind can’t help but be captivated and inspired, and composers are certainly no exception. From super strings to quarks, multiple dimensions to M theory, we’ll play several imaginative works by composers captivated by our universe. The post Composer Cosmology appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:25


The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

9/15/2017
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Composer Mason Bates brings Steve Jobs life story to the stage in Santa Fe Opera’s production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. The opera combines expressive electronics with electric guitar, Bates’ signature rich orchestration and sleek lighting design for a truly modern experience. The post The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs appeared first on 98.7WFMT.

Duration: 00:58:24


The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

9/15/2017
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Composer Mason Bates brings Steve Jobs life story to the stage in Santa Fe Opera’s production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. The opera combines expressive electronics with electric guitar, Bates’ signature rich orchestration and sleek lighting design for a truly modern experience. Musical Content Mason Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Performed Live by Santa Fe Opera Dark Interlude and Scene 13 Time :51 Mason Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Performed Live by Sarah Coit, Edward...

Duration: 00:58:24


Composer Spotlight: Bernard Rands

9/8/2017
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Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Bernard Rands shares his thoughts on his catalogue of over a hundred published works and recordings with Seth. From his 1963 premiere at Darmstadt to 1986 Kennedy Center Friedheim Award winning orchestral suites Le Tambourin, to his 2011 Chicago Symphony Orchestra commission, Danza Petrificada and beyond. Musical Content Bernard Rands Ursula Oppens “Tre Espressioni” for piano 2:55 Bernard Rands: Preludes Robert Levin, piano IV. “Elegia” 3:09 Bernard Rands:...

Duration: 00:58:24


Soundward: Time Travel

9/1/2017
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Over the years pop artists have been making the transition from guitar slaying Hair Rock to classical composers. Seth and Q2 Music’s Phil Kline feature musicians like Kip Winger, Billy Joel, Jonny Greenwood and Roger Waters. Why are they making the transition and does it work? Musical Content Paul Lansky Janus Trio “Prelude” :55 Paul Lansky Janus Trio “Antique Cadences” 3:47 Eric Nathan Momenta Quartet “Omaggio a Gesualdo” 6:06 Daniel Bjarnason Los Angeles Percussion Quartet “Qui Tollis”...

Duration: 00:58:24


Composer Spotlight: Christopher Rouse

8/25/2017
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For many years the composer-in-residence with the NY Philharmonic, Christopher Rouse combines neoromanticism with hard driving, rock-inspired rhythms to create a fascinating musical style all his own. Christopher Rouse: Iscariot Royal Stockholm Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert BIS 1386 15:24 Program Notes Rouse: Phaethon Houston Symphony Orchestra/Eschenbach Telarc 80452 8:01 Program Notes Rouse: Symphony No. 4 NY Phil/Gilbert unreleased 22:23 Program Notes

Duration: 00:58:24


Activist Music

8/18/2017
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We live in a charged political environment and though music is often seen as an escape, many composers have chosen to use their work to make a statement. From Ted Hearne’s piece The Source, based on the story of Chelsea Manning, the US Army Private who infamously leaked classified military documents to WikiLeaks in 2010 to David T. Little’s operas about modern warfare to Bright Sheng’s music about the Cultural Revolution, we feature several composers who are speaking out.

Duration: 00:58:24


Thirsty Ears LIVE Preview from the Levin

8/11/2017
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Relevant Tones' is highlighting the performers and works featured in the second annual Thirsty Ears Festival: Chicago’s only classical music street festival! This LIVE broadcast is coming straight from WFMT's Levin on Friday August 11th. Selected works: Gillespie Quartet Amos Gillespie, Trevor Watkin, Richard Zili, and David Keller "11/8" by Amos Gillespie "Pequeña Czarda" by Pedro Iturralde Black Oak Ensemble Desiree Ruhstradt, David Cunliffe, and Aurelien Pederzoli “Tapas” (mvmt V and...

Duration: 01:01:00


Going Solo

8/5/2017
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There is perhaps no more intimate connection in music than when a composer writes a solo piece specifically for a gifted performer, crafting the piece for the player's specific strengths and musical tastes. We'll talk with several performers about solos that have been written for them and feature performances of the pieces recorded live in our Levin studio. Krzystof Penderecki: La Follia for Violin Solo (excerpts) Anne-Sophia Mutter, violin DG 479294 1:23, 5:02 Purchase Amy Beth Kirsten:...

Duration: 00:58:23


Composers Among Us: Angélica Negrón

7/28/2017
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Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her works Bubblegum Grass Peppermint Field and La Isla Magica are as whimsical as their names suggest. Leap into Negron’s mind and music in the latest installment of our Composers Among Us series.

Duration: 00:58:24


Balearic and Catalonia in New York

7/7/2017
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About this show: Ramon Llull was a leading philosopher, logician and writer in medieval Catalonia and the foundation that today bears his name works to export Catalonian culture and music throughout the world. Their most recent project in the U.S. is an exciting weekend of concerts and workshops in New York and a window into current trends in Catalonian music. Relevant Tones travels in the field to feature the music and interviews with the composers. Playlist: Luis Codera Puzo Aproximación...

Duration: 00:58:24


Improvisation

6/30/2017
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About this show: Something of a lost art, improvisation in classical music is making a comeback in a big way thanks to composers like Steven Snowden, Don Malone, and Aaron Johnson. Teaming up with fantastic performers, they prove that improvisation very much has a place in the modern concert hall. Playlist: Bach/arranged by Gabriela Montero Toccata in D Minor Gabriela Montero, piano "Bach and Beyond" Walter Thompson Song of Cerberus Jeffrey Agrell, french horn; John Manning, tuba; Laura...

Duration: 00:58:23


Memory Palaces

6/23/2017
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About this show: A Memory Palace is a technique for memorizing long lists of names or places by associating each list item with an object in your imaginary "memory palace". This is derived from the method of loci developed in ancient Greece and Rome. Many composers have been inspired by this technique and have written pieces with this title. In this episode, we feature these pieces. Playlist: Elizabeth Brown Memory Palace [Excerpt] Elizabeth Brown, flute; Greg Hesselink, cello; Margaret...

Duration: 00:58:24


Composers Among Us: Errollyn Wallen

6/16/2017
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About this show 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. Playlist: All pieces composed by Errollyn Wallen Dervish Dominic Harlan, piano; Matthew Sharp, cello Avie Records 7:24 Are you worried about the rising costs of funerals? song cycles In this program we feature: 1. Beehive 3. White Christine Patricia...

Duration: 00:58:23


Soundward: Rediscovery

6/9/2017
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About this show: It’s a format as old as time: two guys sit down to play music and talk about it. Soundward, a continuing collaboration between Relevant Tones and Q2 Music, features lively conversation, new releases from composers around the globe and interesting new discoveries. Playlist: John Luther Adams Canticles of the Holy Wind I. Sky With Four Suns The Crossing chamber choir, cond. Donald Nally Cantaloupe Records 4:07 Vytautas Germanavičius Byrančios Arkos/Crumbling Arches Trio...

Duration: 00:58:22


Deep Resonances: Modern Music for Bass

6/2/2017
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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. Adam Ben Ezra: Can’t Stop Running (excerpt) Adam Ben Ezra, bass 3:14 Frank Proto: Four Rogues, No. 1, Calm John Ebinger, bass; Roy Hakes, piano 3:25 Dave Anderson: Duets II- Parade of the...

Duration: 00:58:28


Wilco’s Glenn Kotche Goes Classical

5/26/2017
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Called one of the best drummers of all time by Gigwise magazine, Kotche is also a talented and multi-faceted composer who has worked with powerhouse groups like eighth blackbird, So Percussion and Kronos Quartet. Kotche: Anomaly, II, III, IV, V, VII Kronos Quartet; Kotche, perc. Cantaloupe 21098 2:32, 4:34, 9:24 Kotche: The Haunted (excerpts) Lisa Kaplan & Yvonne Lam, pnos.; Doug Perkins & Matthew Duvall, perc. Cantaloupe 21098 16:27 Kotche: Triple Fantasy Various artists Cantaloupe 21098...

Duration: 00:58:51


Pianist/Composers

5/19/2017
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About this Show: Since the Mozarts and the Chopins, to Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland the composer-pianist is easy to trace through time. Now, in the 21st century, there is a resurgence in the tradition. Relevant Tones is examining the diverse composer-performer community from Philip Glass to Yiruma. Music Featured in this Show: Jed Distler Loose Changes Quattro Mani Kindred Spirits 10:00 Jed Distler Three Landscapes for Peter Wyer Margaret Leng Tan, Toy piano The Art of the Toy Piano...

Duration: 00:58:24


Music of Math

5/12/2017
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About this show: Though it’s definitely not true of all composers, many have a facility and fascination with math. We’ll talk to several composers who use math in their compositions and find out how this affects the resulting music. Is it all cerebral? What is the balance between emotional expression and mathematical precision? Music featured in this show: Tristan Murail Désintégrations Mark Bowden Sudden Light Mischa Zupko Love Obsession Timothy Takach As The Sunflower Turns on her God...

Duration: 00:58:24


Boulez Notations

5/5/2017
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In his Notations, Pierre Boulez composed twelve short piano miniatures that contain a cosmos of sound and potentiality. After decades at the helm of the avant-garde, Boulez has set to work unlocking those inner possibilities through thoughtful orchestration and elaboration. Click here for more information on Pierre Boulez Music Featured in this show: Olivier Messaien:Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus, Mvt. II Peter Serkin, Piano About Olivier Messiaen Purchase Anton Von Webern: Variations...

Duration: 00:58:23

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