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
10:46 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Flute Moon on Now is the Time: July 22nd on HD-2

Whether the flute is light or dark, amiable or exotic, it's always lyrical. On Now is the Time, Sunday, July 22nd at 10 pm, we listen to flute music by William Bolcom, Elizabeth Brown, and Bright Sheng. It's American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.

PROGRAM:
William Bolcom: Lyric Concerto
Elizabeth Brown: Blue Minor
Bright Sheng: Flute Moon

Now is the Time
10:17 am
Sat July 14, 2012

String Divisions on Now is the Time

Philip Glass

With divisions, collaborations, and repetitions of strings, you'll hear the spice of Antoniou, the romance of Baksa, and the transparency of Glass. It’s American contemporary music on WRTI HD-2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org on Now is the Time, Sunday, July 15th, 10 to 11 pm. 

PROGRAM:
Theodore Antoniou. Suite for Violin and Harpsichord
Robert Baksa. Nonet for Winds and Strings
Philip Glass. String Quartet No. 5

Now is the Time
6:38 am
Sun July 8, 2012

The Wider View on Now is the Time

David Snow's WINTER

It’s burning out there, so cool down and take a wider view on Now is the Time, Sunday, July 8th at 10 pm. It’s American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.

Program:
David Snow: Winter


Wendy Mae Chambers: Organism from Symphony of the Universe


H. Leslie Adams: The Wider View

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
12:59 pm
Sat July 7, 2012

John Philip Sousa on Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: July 7th at 5 pm

John Philip Sousa

The circus came to town, and the music director, walking through the streets, heard a violin beautifully played from a house he was passing by. He knocked on the door, and offered a job to the 13-year-old boy who was practicing. The boy, always independent (he had started his own dance orchestra two years earlier), decided to run away the next day and, yes, to join the circus. But his father got wind of it and the next morning marched him to the Marines, apprenticing him to the band there. The father could do that, because he played trombone in the United States Marine Band.

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CD Selections
4:45 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Kile Smith Recommends: The Welcome News - Choral Music of Carson Cooman

The Welcome News: Choral Music of Carson Cooman

Carson Cooman writes music as naturally as anyone I’ve heard. The number of his works is already approaching 1,000 for this just barely 30 composer, and represents every form, even multiple symphonies and operas. In addition to composing he is an excellent organist who frequently performs new music, and between editing organ and hymn music he is Composer in Residence for The Memorial Church, Harvard University.

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Now is the Time
3:31 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Fracta on Now is the Time

Kile Smith, Host of Now is the Time

Exotic sounds are broken, chanted, and spun on Now is the Time.

 Philadelphia-area composers Michael Hersch and Aaron Jay Kernis always intrigue, Pat Muchmore scalds with post-modern electric guitar, and Michael Ellison infuses Qu’ranic recitation with spectral wonder.

PROGRAM:

Elif - Michael Ellison

Fracta - Michael Hersch

Broken Aphorism 10 - Pat Muchmore

Ecstatic Meditations - Aaron Jay Kernis

Al Gharaniq—Fracture IV - Pat Muchmore

Now is the Time
7:58 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Harp and Harpsichord on Now is the Time

Strings will be plucked on Sunday, June 17th at 10 pm on the all-classical stream and WRTI HD-2.


PROGRAM:
Peter Child: Fantasia
Dinos Constantinides: Landscape VI—Rhapsody for Harp and Strings
Harold Boatrite: Suite for Harpsichord
Harold Meltzer: Virginal
James Hartway: Detours

Now is the Time
11:14 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Fiddling on Now is the Time

Composer Andy Teirstein

Violin, viola, cello, and even a double bass getting busy. Joshua Bell makes an appearance on Sunday, June 10th at 10 pm on the all-classical stream and WRTI HD-2.



PROGRAM:
Dylan Mattingly: Lighthouse (Refugee Music by a Pacific Expatriate)
John Musto: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano
Dennis Bathory-Kitsz: Northsea Balletic Spicebush
James Aikman: Sonata No. 1, for Violin and Piano
Andy Teirstein: Maramures

Now is the Time
5:59 am
Sun June 3, 2012

Night Time on Now is the Time

It's music of night and longing, with works by internationally known composers, and a lovely orchestral piece from Philadelphia composer Juliette Stango, on Sunday, June 3rd at 10 pm on the all-classical stream and WRTI HD-2.

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
2:59 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Ralph Vaughan Williams on Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection

Join us on Saturday, June 2nd from 5 to 6 pm for a look into the life of composer and conductor Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Even though descended from the Wedgwood family of pottery fame, and with Charles Darwin as a grand-uncle, Ralph Vaughan Williams was more common man than society type. The world-famous composer and esteemed professor at the Royal College of Music was once mistaken for a vagabond in his own hometown, dressed in ragged clothes and pushing a cart gathering aluminum for the war effort.

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