We’ve finished the listings for the last quarter of 2015 and it’s a great lineup of shows if I do say so myself. And I do!
Music of Marrying and Burying
Although music, since earliest times, has always had a ritual purpose in human society, 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.
Live From the Santa Fe Opera Festival
Known as well for its commitment to commissioning exciting new works from big name composers as for its idyllic setting, the Santa Fe Opera Festival has been the scene for some exciting 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.
A Decade of New Music Chicago
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.
Kickstarter has emerged as a viable way for artists to realize their wildest ambitions including new CDs, commissions, world premiere performances and more. We’ll sample a few current kickstarter projects that we feel deserve wider support and recognition.
In the Field: Colombia Part I
Relevant Tones continues our popular In the Field series with a trip to Bogotá for first person interviews and features of composers and performers busily making this South American capital a mecca for new music.
In the Field: Colombia Part I
We continue our survey of music by Colombian composers and performers.
A group that needs no introduction, Kronos Quartet has practically defined what it is to be a performing ensemble in the modern era. We’ll pay our respects in this show of hits and little known gems from their storied career.
Musical Moonlighters II
When we featured composers for whom music is a second job it was such a successful show, and we discovered so many “secret” composers, that we’re returning to the subject to feature another crop of musical moonlighters.
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?
Thirsty Ear Festival from SoundBox
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 SoundBox in San Francisco.
Composer Spotlight: Bright Sheng
Chinese composer Bright Sheng grew up hearing traditional Chinese music but 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.
CD Roundup: New Releases
This new release by the Del Sol Quartet marks the first time that all of the string quartets by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe have appeared on one recording. We’ll play several selections from this remarkable new album.
Although a famous name can open some doors, it’s not always easy following in the footsteps of a famous artist and many children of great composers and performers have chosen to go a different route altogether, but others have found their own artistic identity.
- Written by: Seth Boustead
- On: June 30, 2015
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