Kile Smith

Classical Host

Kile Smith hosts the contemporary American music program Now Is the Time on Sundays at 10 pm on HD-2 and the classical stream, and co-hosts Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection on the first Saturday of every month at 5 pm with Jack Moore. Discoveries takes a fresh look at music in the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where Kile was curator for 18 years. He also fills in as an on-air classical host.
 
When he's not producing podcasts of CD reviews for WRTI, writing for the Broad Street Review, teaching music history at Cairn University, music notation at Temple University, or private composition, Kile is busy composing orchestral, choral, chamber, and liturgical works. His music is praised by critics and audiences for its emotional power, direct appeal, and strong voice. Gramophone magazine calls his Vespers "spectacular," possessing "sparkling beauty." The Philadelphia Inquirer describes his music as "breathtaking."
 
He's composed for The Crossing, Piffaro, Orchestra 2001, and the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. He's also written for David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jennifer Montone, Philadelphia's principal horn, and Anne Martindale Williams, principal cello of the Pittsburgh Symphony. His website is kilesmith.com.

The weeds in his ever-widening gardens hint that he needs to get outside more.

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Now is the Time
9:07 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

Rippling the Lamp on Now is the Time

from Bertolozzi: "Meltdown" from Bridge Music

It’s flickering light and melting images on Now is the Time, Sunday, November 4th at 10 pm. Eric Moe channels the Nightingale ode of Keats by way of flute and piano, and Joseph Waters rocks Vivaldi to a fare-thee-well through a violin and band.

Bertolozzi makes a very large object (the Mid-Hudson Bridge) sing, Stucky does the same with an orchestra, and Neuburg and Amirkhanian mesmerize one violin into receding reflections of shimmering voices.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:44 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

William Grant Still: The Dean of African-American Composers

We call William Grant Still “The Dean of African-American Composers,” and the description strikes us as quaint. Not wrong, since it’s undeniable that Still was the leading Black American composer of concert music (although he opposed the term Black as one that divided people into false groups).

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Now is the Time
10:05 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Sounding Landscapes on Now is the Time

from Stephen Scott: Sounding Landscapes

It's ten people hovering over a piano on Now is the Time, Sunday, October 28th at 10 pm. Stephen Scott wrote Paisajes Audibles, Spanish for "Sounding Landscapes," for his Bowed Piano Ensemble and soprano Victoria Hansen. The Spanish, French, and English texts are inspired by the physical landscape Scott has seen on the Canary Islands, and the inner landscapes of imagination.

The "bowed" piano, played with guitar picks, horsehair, fishing line, and percussion mallets, sings like an orchestra. Or a steel drum band. In it you'll hear the voice of jazz, flamenco, West African music, and Terry Riley. It is fun, it is evocative, it is mesmerizing.

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Now is the Time
10:33 pm
Sat October 20, 2012

Under the Rainbow on Now is the Time

Patti Monson

It’s exotic with a touch of pop on Now is the Time, Sunday, October 21st at 10 pm. Gandolfi writes tangos for wind ensemble, Hulse is rhythmic and quirky, Rosenblum bends the flute of Patti Monson with electronics, and Coleman dips into the orchestra and tips her hat to the Great American Songbook.

Host Kile Smith brings you Now is the Time, American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.

PROGRAM:
Michael Gandolfi: Vientos y Tangos

Now is the Time
2:14 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Tru'a on Now is the Time

It's music with clarinet on Now is the Time, Sunday, October 14th at 10 pm. Tru'a is Hebrew for "fanfare," and the work by the Israeli-American Amos Elkana is one of three pieces clarinet virtuoso Richard Stoltzman plays on this program, along with those of the neo-Romantic McKinley and Davidson.

From Panama, the composer and guitarist Emiliano Pardo-Tristan now lives in the Philadelphia area. His Ludus No. 1 is rich and colorful, as is all his music.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
12:47 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Karol Szymanowski: Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, Oct. 13th, 5 pm

Karol Szymanowski, 1935

Squeezed between a Russian revolution that destroyed his home, and a world war that destroyed the rest, Karol Szymanowski finally found escape in the art that had so long eluded him.

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Now is the Time
6:14 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

Angles of Repose on Now is the Time

It’s geology and music on Now is the Time, Sunday, October 7th at 10 pm. When you’re on the verge of slipping down a hill, you’re flirting with the angle of repose, and Ethan Wickman slides all around it on this Zeitgeist CD. An intercalation is a time insertion (such as February 29th) or an unexpected layer between strata, and Richard Wilson plays with those ideas in his piano work.

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Now is the Time
10:35 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Homage on Now is the Time

Glen Velez

Percussion sets the scene on Now is the Time, Sunday, September 30th at 10 pm. From Michael Hersch's vast, chime-grounded symphony to drum master Glen Velez's kicky duo, percussion comes out of the background to speak a language all its own. Joel Chadabe blends percussionist Jan Williams's playing with on-the-spot electronic manipulation, giving new meaning to the word "ensemble."

Now is the Time means American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.

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Now is the Time
9:22 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

Elements on Now is the Time

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

It’s the stuff of earth and of life on Now is the Time, Sunday, September 23rd at 10 pm. A solo piano rocks, and water meets stone at a Mediterranean coast. Michael Gandolfi interprets the garden where natural geometry gives way to physics. Brooks plays with air and percussion, and Mason Bates composes Elements for Philadelphia’s Mimi Stillman and Charles Abramovic.

Now is the Time means American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.

PROGRAM:
Patrick Beckman: Rock

Now is the Time
9:28 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Locking Horns on Now is the Time

It’s horns French, English, and other on Now is the Time, Sunday, September 16th at 10 pm. Andrew Violette's Trio is for French horn, bass trombone, and piano. Philadelphia's David Bennett Thomas composed his Short Suite for the luscious alto flute, English horn, and bass clarinet. David Rakowski's Locking Horns is a concerto for horn and chamber group, and Paul Richards gives us a traffic report in Rush Hour!

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