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Relevant Tones

Series produced by The WFMT Radio Network

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We continue Relevant Tones, a weekly exploration of the most fascinating time in classical music history: right now. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this series features music and in-person interviews from the hottest festivals around the world, celebrates the major figures shaping classical music today, spots emerging trends, shines a light on lesser known but fascinating composers, and features music recorded in dynamic live broadcasts.

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This series is available free of charge to all stations. For more information, please contact:
Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112
Tony Macaluso at tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114

Host, composer and Executive Director of Access Contemporary Music, Seth Boustead brings an informative but engagingly down-to-earth presentation that provides a context for the music and connects with listeners of all ages to present classical music as a diverse art form with a storied history that is alive and thriving in the 21st century.

With its informative, yet engagingly down-to-earth presentation, Relevant Tones seeks to make contemporary music accessible to diehard classical music fans while attracting new and younger listeners. Seth Boustead draws from the entire classical music canon to put modern-day compositions in context, exploring the social and musical influences on their creation. Guest appearances by composers and performers are a vital part of the program, offering a first-person perspective that gives insight and depth to their art form and its creation.

Since launching in July 2011 on 98.7 WFMT in Chicago, Relevant Tones has garnered significant praise from critics and listeners alike. Examiner.com named it one of the best shows in the world for new classical music, and ChicagoMusic.org says that it is “changing the way audiences experience modern music.” Listener response has been equally positive, with fans praising Boustead’s “invigorating selections,” “enlightening commentary” and hailing the show as a “long-overdue addition” of new music to the station’s programming. Relevant Tones is broadcast in markets throughout the United States and internationally through the WFMT Radio Network. Hide full description

Please login to PRX.org to preview program audio.This series is available free of charge to all stations. For more information, please contact: Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112 Tony Macaluso at tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114Host, composer and Executive Director of Access Contemporary Music, Seth Boustead brings an informative but engagingly down-to-earth presentation that provides a context for the music and connects with listeners of all ages to present classical music as a diverse art form with a storied history that is alive and thriving in the 21st century. With its informative, yet engagingly down-to-earth presentation, Relevant Tones seeks to make contemporary music accessible to diehard classical music fans while attracting new and younger listeners. ... Show full description


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The fourth in our quarterly series live from Brooklyn’s hottest new music venue features chamber and vocal music by the late, great Steve Stucky, a...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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One of the first composers to graduate from the Beijing Conservatory upon its reopening after the Cultural Revolution and the winner of the 2011 Pu...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2017
  • Length: 58:26
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The Contemporary Music Centre in Ireland is one of the world’s foremost models of government support for composers, with dozens of composers receiv...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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Intrepid pianist Sarah Cahill has just released a monumental recording of the complete piano works of seminal composer Terry Riley, one of the most...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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One of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, performance artist and keyboardist Kathleen Supové is known for breaking...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:26
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Sonata form is one of the oldest compositional structures in classical music but it's being rediscovered, and in many cases repurposed, by contempo...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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We go In the Field to the rustic town of Palermo Itay for the International Rostrum of Composers where we heard a stunning array of new music by th...

  • Added: Sep 27, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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This week’s Relevant Tones focuses on composers who have tried to step outside the box, redefine their definitions of music, and start over without...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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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 cr...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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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 combine...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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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. Fro...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2017
  • Length: 58:31
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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 fea...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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For many years the composer-in-residence with the NY Philharmonic, Christopher Rouse combines neo-romanticism with hard driving, rock-inspired rhyt...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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Relevant Tones teams up again with Open G Records and Access Contemporary Music to present the third in our quarterly live broadcast at Brooklyn’s ...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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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 stat...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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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 pi...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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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...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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Founded in 1981 by enterprising guitarist and tireless contemporary music promoter David Starobin, Bridge Records was one of the first-ever contemp...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:28
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Great music is a game of expertise, luck, and chance. As an avid poker player himself, Seth will deal out a deck of great selections. Every track i...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:30