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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Relevant Tones is proud to partner with The Look + Listen Festival. The Look + Listen Festival is an annual event dedicated to presenting contempor...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Great music is a game of expertise, luck, and chance. Seth deals out a list of great music and discusses why it’s a winner in this year’s Dealer’s ...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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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...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2018
  • Length: 58:28
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John Adams says, “The music of Javier Alvarez reveals influences of popular cultures that go beyond the borders of our own time and place.” The Mex...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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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 G...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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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...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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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 cult...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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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 discove...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:32
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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....

  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Ever since Ezra Pound’s famous advice to young artists, “make it new!” there has been a renewed and relentless interest in breaking new ground in a...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 58:27
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Production company Access Contemporary Music has partnered with the esteemed Manhattan venue, LPR (Le) Poisson Rouge a multimedia art cabaret found...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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We’ve always been fascinated here at Relevant Tones with how our perceptions of music change when it’s paired with visual imagery. With that in min...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 58:28
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Founding cellist of Eighth Blackbird, Nick Photinos, will join us in WFMT’s Levin Studio in Chicago to play pieces from his first solo album. Nick...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Composer Jeremy Gill recently had the opportunity of a lifetime when the Boston Modern Orchestra Project agreed to record not one, not two, but thr...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Three-time Grammy winning super group Eighth Blackbird unveils their newest creative project: "to inspire the next generation of performers and com...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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The International Society for Contemporary Music holds arguably the world’s most important contemporary music festival in a different city each yea...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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The story of the Nativity, infused by John Adams and Peter Sellars with texts new and old celebrating the miracle of birth and renewal will be exam...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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The International Society for Contemporary Music holds arguably the world’s most important contemporary music festival in a different city each yea...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2017
  • Length: 58:29
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We team up with the European Broadcasting Union to bring recent concert events and interviews from some of the brightest musical lights on the cont...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:30