April 2014 programs on Relevant Tones

Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tune in on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. to hear a symphony inspired by Superman's home town of Metropolis (4/27 broadcast).

4/6       Atlanta School Conductor Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have created a thriving community of composers who have come to be known as "The Atlanta School".  They include Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis, Osvaldo Golijov, and Michael Gandolfi, and this week, we'll listen to their music.  Gandolfi: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, I-III  Theofanidis: Drumsound Rises from The Here & Now Golijov: Second Wave & Aria from Oceana Higdon: On a Wire

4/13      Starting from Scratch This week's Relevant Tones focuses on composers who have tried to step outside the box, redefine their definitions of music, and start over without limitations.  We'll be examining the works of Alvin Lucier, Chris Preissing, James Tenney, Lou Harrison, and more. Lucier: Excerpt from I am sitting in a room Harrison: Cornish Lancaran McPhee: Tabuh-Tabuhan, Toccata for Orchestra Partch: Excerpt from Delusion and the Fury: A Ritual of Dream and Delusion Mackey: Indigenous instruments

4/20      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. Tower: Made in America Holober: Chorale Gordon: Rushes Mackey: Prelude to the End Garrop: In Eleanor's Words Garrop:  String Quartet No. 3, Gaia Schwantner: Chasing Light

4/27      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. Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony