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

December 21, 2013

9:01 PM
Three Carols for Wintertide
Artist : Scott Detra
Album : Christmas Daybreak
Composer : Benjamin C. S. Boyle
Conductor : Donald Nally
Orchestra : The Crossing
Instrument : Levi Hernandez
Label : Innova
9:11 PM
For Nothing
Artist : Karen Clark
Album : On Cold Mountain
Composer : Fred Frith
Label : Innova
9:23 PM
Winter Spirits
Artist : Laurel Zucker
Album : Native American Stories in Classical Flute Music
Composer : Katherine Hoover
Label : Cantilena
9:29 PM
Symphony No. 1
Artist : Steven R. Gerber
Album : Steven R. Gerber: Symphony No. 1
Composer : Steven R. Gerber
Label : Chandos
9:54 PM
Winter Solace
Artist : Douglas Masek
Album : Saxophone Alternative
Composer : Adrienne Albert
Label : Centaur

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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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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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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.

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

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