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Broadcast Schedule — Spring/Summer 2014 

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-12
RELEASE:   March 19, 2014

New Commissioning Models
From joint commissions to Kickstarter, the 21st century has brought a whole new way of hiring composers to write music.  This week, we'll look at some of the more unusual and innovative methods and the music that resulted.

Joan Tower:   Made in America (Leonard Slatkin, Nashville Symphony)
Mike Holober:   Chorale (American Saxophone Quartet, Larry Combs, clarinet)
Michael Gordon:  Rushes (Dana Jessen)
Steven Mackey:  Prelude to the End
Stacy Garrop:   In Eleanor's Words (Buffy Baggott, mezzo-soprano; Kuang-Hao Huang, piano)
Stacy Garrop:   String Quartet No. 3, Gaia (Biava Quartet)
Joseph Schwantner:  Chasing Light (Giancarlo Guerrero, Nashville Symphony)

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-13
RELEASE:   March 26, 2014

Michael Daugherty's Metropolis Symphony
It's a bird!  It's a plane!  It's a symphony!  Seth Boustead talks with Michael Daugherty about his Grammy Award-winning Metropolis Symphony, based on the myth of Superman.

Michael Daugherty:  Metropolis Symphony (Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor)

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-14
RELEASE:  April 2, 2014

Wilco's Glenn Kotche Goes Classical
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.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-15
RELEASE:  April 9, 2014
The JACK Quartet & The Music of Helmut Lachenmann
This week we'll listen to the JACK Quartet's newest release, featuring the complete string quartets of longtime collaborator and iconic composer Helmut Lachenmann.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-16
RELEASE:  April 16, 2014

In the Field: Mexico City, Part I
One of the world's largest cities and a mecca for diverse art and culture, Mexico City is also the home of a fascinating array of creative musicians and composers.  Part 1 of a two-part series will feature interviews and music from the cities musical leaders.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-17
RELEASE:  April 23, 2014
In the Field: Mexico City, Part II
Part 2 of our trip to Mexico City features music from exciting young composers, the new paths they're creating and the cultural influences shaping their work.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-18
RELEASE:  April 30, 2014
Musical Chameleon: Gunther Schuller
He's played with Miles Davis, was principal horn of the Cleveland Symphony at age 18, is the co-creator of the "third stream" movement and so much more.  Seth talks with Schuller about his incredible life and legacy in music.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-19
RELEASE:  May 7, 2014
Synesthesia in Music and Visual Art
Scriabin so linked color to his music that he created a "light organ" to display colors that corresponded to different notes in his pieces.  How does color and visual art affect composers and their music today?

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-20
RELEASE:  May 14, 2014
String Quartet Plus…
Ever since its creation by Haydn in the 18th century, the string quartet has been one of the preeminent vehicles for more musical innovation.  This show features new directions for the string quartet, pairing the quartet with unusual other instruments like frame drum, alto flute and more.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-21
RELEASE:  May 21, 2014
Composers Among Us: Errollyn Wallen
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.

PROGRAM #:   RLT 14-22
RELEASE:  May 28, 2014

Ambient Environments
Composers like Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Bartók and have sought to musically depict their environs for centuries.  How are landscapes, both urban and pastoral, being represented musically today?

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-23
RELEASE:  June 4, 2014
Sounds of Summer
The summer festival season is always a cornucopia of exciting premieres, new collaborations and famous composers and performers.  We'll feature the best of best from around the globe.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-24
RELEASE:  June 11, 2014
Louis Andriessen
Relevant Tones celebrates the 75th birthday of the noted Dutch composer.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-25
RELEASE:  June 18, 2014

Deep Resonances: Modern Music for Bass
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.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-26
RELEASE:  June 25, 2014
Joseph Schwantner
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner visits the studio to talk about his prolific life in music.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-27
RELEASE:  July 2, 2014

CONTACT! with the New York Philharmonic, Part I
Relevant Tones travels to New York to feature the Philharmonic's exciting new music series, CONTACT! From world premieres by the next generation of young composers to established juggernauts, CONTACT! is at the cutting edge of music today.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-28
RELEASE:  July 9, 2014

CONTACT! with the NY Philharmonic, Part II
More music and interviews from the front lines of the New York Philharmonic's new music concert series.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-29
RELEASE:  July 16, 2014

Finding the Bridge
Founded in 1981 by enterprising guitarist and tireless contemporary music promoter David Starobin, Bridge Records was one of the first-ever contemporary music labels and is still going strong today.  Their adventurous spirit and admirable devotion to sonic clarity has garnered them no fewer than 20 Grammy nominations over the years. Tune in to hear why.  

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-30
RELEASE:  July 23, 2014

Modern Virtuoso: Pianist Kathleen Supové
One of America's most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, performance artist and keyboardist Kathleen Supové is known for breaking boundaries between audience and performer and for her multimedia performances as the "Exploding Piano".

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-31
RELEASE:  July 30, 2014

Foster the Music: Darmstadt
One of the world's most famous new music festivals has been held in Darmstadt since 1946. We'll trace the festival from its beginnings through modern times and feature some of the seminal works that were premiered there.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-32
RELEASE:  August 6, 2014

Foster the Music: Ireland
The Contemporary Music Centre in Ireland is one of the world's foremost models of government support for composers, with dozens of composers receiving financial support, commissions and travel grants. We plunge into the incredible wealth of music created by this program.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-33
RELEASE:  August 13, 2014

The 2014 Thirsty Ear Festival
Recorded live in Chicago, the Thirsty Ear is Relevant Tones' own creation, bringing both established new music artists with underground, up-and-coming performers to air.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-34
RELEASE:  August 20, 2014

Composer Feature: Christopher Rouse
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.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-35
RELEASE:  August 27, 2014

In the Field: Finland, Part I
The next installment of In the Field brings us to a country that has exported a dizzying list of big name composers and conductors in the last couple of decades: Finland. We'll talk with established composers and rising stars about their music and the lasting influence of the Sibelius Academy.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-36
RELEASE:  September 3, 2014

In the Field: Finland, Part II
Part II of our field trip to Finland features more interviews and performances of music by leading and emerging composers from this incredible musical hotbed.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-37
RELEASE:  September 10, 2014

Crossing Barriers
A big trend in the 2000's saw contemporary music ensembles commissioning composers, not to write new pieces for them, but to arrange music by pop artists. We'll listen to music from two such collaborations: Alarm Will Sound performing arrangements of electronic musician Aphex Twin and Osso Quartet's arrangements of indie pop superstar Sufjan Stevens.

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-38
RELEASE:  September 17, 2014

Modern Concerto
The ultimate instrumental showcase, the concerto has inspired composers to torture performers for hundreds of years. Now that performers have virtually no limits on their techniques, how are composers innovating this storied form?

PROGRAM #:  RLT 14-39
RELEASE:  September 24, 2014

The Arvo Pärt Foundation
Mystical Minimalist Arvo Pärt is one of the most significant composers in the 20th and 21st centuries, and in this program we'll travel across the Baltic to Estonia to visit his musical homeland and talk with the people curating his music.