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Relevant Tones

Saturdays, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY-FM 90.3 and online at, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1

Relevant Tones is a weekly exploration of the most fascinating time in classical music: right now!

Host Seth Boustead

From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this program celebrates the dynamic and diverse musical creations of modern-day composers from around the world.

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June 2017 Relevant Tones programs

May 28, 2017

Born in Belize, Errollyn Wallen gave up her training at the Dance Theater of Harlem, New York to study composition at the universities of London and Cambridge. Read an interview and tune in on June 17th for a Composer Spotlight.

May 2017 Relevant Tones listings

Apr 30, 2017

In Rolling Stone's List of '100 Greatest Drummers of All Time', Glenn Kotche has outfitted his drum kit extensively and creatively.  Kotche has one of the most distinctive setups in the industry, with "more sticks and homemade percussion trinkets than able to fully list".  His freedom in exploring accidental and coincidental rhythms in his personal compositions make him unlike any other drummer.  To read more and watch a video tour of Glenn's drum kit set up, click here!  

April 2017 Relevant Tones listings

Mar 26, 2017

Cambodian composer Chinary Ung has a phenomenal story: “The point is this,” Ung said. “If I did not go (to that office), and I did not take that elevator at exactly the perfect time, I would have been sent back to Cambodia (permanently).” There, he would have soon faced Pol Pot and the murderous Khmer Rouge. And with their disdain for intellectuals, Ung said, “I would be gone in no time at all.”

March 2017 Relevant Tones listings

Feb 26, 2017

3/4        Composer Spotlight: James Matheson  With important commissions from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic among others, and a new and highly praised album release, James Matheson has established a reputation as a composer of finely tuned, individualistic music with wide-ranging appeal. We’ll chat with him about his career and play his music.

February 2017 Relevant Tones listings

Jan 30, 2017

2/4       The Accordion - 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 variety of different musical contexts. We’ll feature music for this storied instrument and talk to a few of the composers about how it inspired them.

January 2017 Listings for Relevant Tones

Jan 1, 2017

This month, Relevant Tones brings us music written for buildings, music inspired by winter, and even some contemporary pop music!

December 2016 Listings for Relevant Tones

Nov 27, 2016

This month on Relevant Tones, Seth Boustead brings us music from the Gaudeamus festival in the Netherlands, and we consider the modern Oratorio for today's composers and audiences.

November 2016 Listings for Relevant Tones

Oct 30, 2016

This month on Relevant Tones, host Seth Bouseted brings us music inspired by the natural world, works by Louis Andriessen and Bang on a Can, and more, here on Classical 91.5.

October 2016 Listings for Relevant Tones

Oct 9, 2016

This month we travel with show host Seth Boustead to Poland to experience Polish contemporary music at the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, which is at the forefront of contemporary music in Eastern Europe.

10/15    In the Field: Warsaw Autumn Part I  Since its beginning in 1956 the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, for many years the only festival of its kind in Eastern Europe, has presented new music by leading composers from Poland and from around the world. Today it is one of the most prestigious contemporary music festivals in the world and we are honored to have the chance to travel to Warsaw to bring you music from artists like Witold Lutosławski, Lidia Zielińska, and Ināra Jakubone.  See all

New Music - New Program on Classical 91.5

Sep 27, 2016

On October 15th @ 8pm Classical 91.5 premieres Relevant Tones a program that takes listeners around the world to experience what is current, living and thriving in the world of classical music.  First stop, Poland!  Meet you there!