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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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
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There is so much great music in the world and we’ve discovered a lot of great works for programs. Sometimes we find so much great music we can’t po...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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There’s a subsection of contemporary music call ‘Musical Historicism,’ a genre of music that uses historical elements and revives them in modern wo...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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Legendary composer George Crumb created a unique, haunting sound world that leaves an indelible impression upon anyone who hears it. This is the pe...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Once relegated solely to the status of folk instrument, the accordion is being used more and more by composers around the world in a stunning varie...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Over 60 years of composing, Thea Musgrave is a powerful voice that demands respect around the world. We’re taking a deep-dive into her massive libr...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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The Open House movement began in the 1980’s in London as a celebration of the city’s justifiably famous architecture but it was so successful that ...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2018
  • 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 26, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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The natural world is a never-ending source of fascination and inspiration for composers. From the datura plant in southern China to a rare bird in ...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2018
  • Length: 58:29
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During the LA Philharmonic’s 2018/19 season, they are commissioning 50 new works from artists including Louis Andriessen, Unsuk Chin, Philip Glass,...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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The twentieth century saw an interesting movement as composers banded together in collectives to help promote each other’s work. The movement has o...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:27
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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 mode...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2018
  • Length: 58:32
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Access Contemporary Music has commissioned the Warsaw-based composer Agnieszka Stulgińska for their annual Composer Alive project, which tasks inte...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2018
  • Length: 58:28
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Virtuosic violinist Jennifer Koh is known for her commanding performances and technical assurance. Although she performs Tchaikovsky and Bach, she’...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Scriabin so linked color to his music that he created a “light organ” to display colors that corresponded to different notes in his pieces. In this...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:31
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The third annual classical street fest returns to the Ravenswood neighborhood on the Northside Chicago. We’ll hear from the artists performing like...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
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Cellist, music educator, and concert organizer Tom Clowes stops by to talk about the music of Haitian composers. Tom is the founder of Crossing Bor...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:28