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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6 Pieces

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Based on the Bhagavad Gita, a Sanskrit text that delves into the discussion between the divine Krishna and earthbound Arjuna, Douglas Cuomo’s Arjun...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:55
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Bach’s Goldberg Variations is thought to be one of the most important examples of the compositional technique that repeats material in an altered f...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Rolling Stone declared Nels Cline as one of the 20 “new guitar god” and one of the top 100 guitatist of all time. He may be best known as the guita...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Although a famous name can open some doors, it’s not always easy following in the footsteps of a great artist. Many children of great composers and...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:29