Now is the Time

Saturday, 9 to 10 pm on HD-2 and the Classical Stream

Contemporary American music is being recorded all the time, and Now is the Time to take a listen and explore the music of American composers today. All types...all styles...listen to contemporary American music every Sunday night with host and composer Kile Smith.

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Playlist

January 27, 2013

10:02 PM
String Quartet #2
Artist : Borromeo String Quartet
Album : Invocation
Composer : Michael Ellison
Label : Innova
10:37 PM
Two Quartets
Artist : Robert Maggio
Album : Seven Mad Gods
Composer : Robert Maggio
Label : CRI

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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.

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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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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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