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
11:29 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Trinity Requiem on Now is the Time

Sycamore Root Sculpture, Ground Zero

For the 11th anniversary of 9/11, listen to a work written for its 10th anniversary, on Now is the Time, Sunday, September 9th at 10 pm. The Ground Zero church, Trinity Wall Street, commissioned Robert Moran’s Trinity Requiem. We’ll hear the haunting work for youth chorus, cellos, harp, and organ, and listen to the composer in a revealing interview.

Also read a CD review and hear the podcast here.

Now is the Time
12:59 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Snazzy on Now is the Time

It’s one piano, two pianos, jazz, and rags on Now is the Time, Sunday, September 2nd at 10 pm. David Baker pays tribute to musician Coltrane and writer Dunbar, while Kevin Beavers has fun, and Judith Lang Zaimont gets snazzy on two pieces from her Prestidigitations album.

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

PROGRAM:
Judith Lang Zaimont: Snazzy Sonata
Kevin Beavers: Sourpuss

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
3:57 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

Not What the Composer Had in Mind: Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, Sept. 1st, 5 pm

Johann Sebastian Bach

Music will always challenge our assumptions...if we let it. For a couple of generations now, those who unearthed music from earlier times have wanted to play it the way it sounded in those earlier times. These “authentic” or “historically informed” performances open our ears to new delights hidden in Medieval and Renaissance music. As playing techniques and instruments improved, the movement grew to encompass Baroque and Classical music. Even Romantic and later music has been influenced by the growing research. We can now listen to Brahms symphonies on “original” instruments.

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CD Selections
1:14 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Listen: Kile Smith Recommends Trinity Requiem for 9/11 by Robert Moran

Robert Moran, Trinity Requiem

Trinity Wall Street commissioned Robert Moran’s Trinity Requiem for the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 destruction of New York’s World Trade Center. Moran has written music for entire cities to perform—San Francisco, Graz, Bethlehem, Pa.—with cars, airplanes, multiple orchestras, choirs, and bands joining in raucous mélanges of celebration. You wonder what he would write for a city’s terror.

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Now is the Time
4:41 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Crossroads on Now is the Time

It’s all saxophones on Now is the Time, Sunday, August 26th at 10 pm. Sopranos, altos, the Prism Quartet on Laganella’s Leafless Trees, accompanied by piano, harp, trumpet, and on the Crossroads Songs of Evan Chambers, piano and percussion.

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

PROGRAM:
Marilyn Shrude: Renewing the Myth
Keith Kramer: Brink

Now is the Time
12:19 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Summer on Now is the Time

Ronn McFarlane, Indigo Road

It’s August, and boy is it summer on Now is the Time, Sunday, August 19th at 10 pm. From McFarlane’s lute combo on Augusta to Augusta Read Thomas’s Eclipse Musings, from Lewis’s summer musings to a work from Diemer’s Summer Day CD, and with Summer by Dan Coleman, it’s American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.

PROGRAM:
Emma Lou Diemer: Aria & Scherzo
Peter Scott Lewis: A Whistler’s Dream
Augusta Read Thomas: Eclipse Musings

Now is the Time
4:13 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Summer Games on Now is the Time

Newman Taylor Baker: Drum Suite Life

It’s music to jump and run to on Now is the Time, Sunday, August 12th at 10 pm. Campbell and McLean circle groups of sounds around each other, Currier is on the verge of tipping over, and Newman Taylor Baker marches up and holds our attention with just a drum set. It’s American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.

PROGRAM:
Newman Taylor Baker: Marchin’ David
Sebastian Currier: Verge
Christopher Campbell: All-Clear (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Now is the Time
4:26 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Solaris on Now is the Time

Lois V Vierk: Simoom

Whether it's light or dark or exotic, it's hot on Now is the Time, Sunday, August 5th at 10 pm. Sainte-Croix takes us to a Central American jungle; Vierk, to the desert with multi-tracked cellos. Korean-American Yoon is recorded live, with water bowls and bells, and Stiefel is all sci-fi electronics and guitar. It’s American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
6:45 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Mostly Ravel on Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: August 4th, 5 pm

Maurice Ravel

This time, he’d show them. The Paris Conservatoire accepted Ravel as a piano student at age 16, and even though he won a piano competition, more than anything he wanted to compose. But the Conservatory was a hard place. He never won the fugue prize, never won the composition prize, never won anything for writing music and they sent him packing. Twice. He studied with the great Gabriel Fauré, in school and out, but he just couldn’t make any headway with the ruling musical authorities.

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Now is the Time
10:01 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Cosmic Speculation on Now is the Time

Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Even though we’re in the dead of summer, let’s take an appreciative look at the world around us on Now is the Time, Sunday, July 29th at 10 pm. McClelland and Bathory-Kitsz sing from tradition and wryness, and an excerpt from Gandolfi’s symphony on a sculpture garden is counterpoised by Adler’s classical string orchestra work. It’s American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.

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