The spirit of Halloween hovers over Now Is the Time, Saturday, October 31 at 9 pm. Strings, bells, melodicas softly accompany waning desert sunlight: such is Drift of Rainbows by Dan Visconti. William Moylan's setting of the Yeats poem The Stolen Child tells an Erlkönig-like story: "Come away, O human child! / To the waters and the wild / With a faery, hand in hand, / For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand."
Benjamin Broening processes out-takes of recordings over and over until they sound hardly electronic anymore, but more, perhaps, like ghosts, in Traces (ii). Acoustically to Shake the Tree is Robert Carl's business at hand—for piano four-hands—and the fruit from the overtone series brilliantly litters his landscape. And William Bolcom wraps the program with one of his fortes in the Graceful Ghost Rag.
Dan Visconti: Drift of Rainbows
William Moylan: The Stolen Child
Benjamin Broening: Traces (ii)
Robert Carl: Shake the Tree
William Bolcom: Graceful Ghost Rag
Every Saturday night at 9 pm, Kile Smith brings you Now Is The Time, all styles of contemporary concert music by living American composers on WRTI HD-2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org