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

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 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... Show full description


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Chopin, Kreisler, Bach and more have written compositions less than three minutes in length. This trend is no stranger to contemporary pieces. We’l...

  • Added: Jul 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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One of Poland’s most significant 20th century composers, Henryk Górecki led a quiet revolution against the Soviet authorities through his inimitabl...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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It gives technicians fits, but composers and performers are always experimenting with new “wrong” ways to play their instrument. From Bartok pizzic...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2018
  • Length: 58:26
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Old is new again as composers and performers return to the LP format for their latest releases. We’ll dust off our record player to feature a varie...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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The Boston Modern Orchestra Project is widely known as the leading orchestra in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing the 20th and ...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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New Music Gathering is an annual three-day conference dedicated to the performance, production, promotion, support and creation of new concert musi...

  • Added: May 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Composer Robert Kritz spent many years working in the corporate world by day and busily composing music into the wee hours of the night. A decision...

  • Added: May 25, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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The electric guitar and classical music may seem like strange bedfellows, but almost as soon as the instrument was invented, composers devised ways...

  • Added: May 17, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Seth Boustead talks with composer Stacy Garrop about the new recording of her Mythology Symphony inspired by Greek myths. Starting with the exhilar...

  • Added: May 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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(Le) Poisson Rouge (LPR) is a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate in New York City. This performan...

  • Added: May 04, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Seth Boustead and producer, Sarah Zwinklis are taking a road trip to Knoxville, Tennessee. Regarded as one of the most unique, boundary-defying and...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Critic Kyle Gann says “Singleton’s music is soulful, with an understated simplicity that I particularly prize. Despite the studied economy of his m...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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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