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QuartetSanFranciscoPieces of this and that country make up Now Is the Time, Saturday, August 6th at 9 pm. Two works of Mason Bates seemingly float in space, as Chanticleer sings the Maori-inspired Observer in the Magellanic Cloud, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project performs Mothership, along with electronics and a guzheng, the Chinese zither. Argentine sounds invest the lovely Dances of Mario Broeders for flute and harp, and the Cambodian American Chinary Ung brings Water Rings Overture for orchestra.

George Crumb sets one of his favorite poets, Federico Garcia Lorca, in Spanish Songbook I, or The Ghosts of Alhambra, for baritone, guitar, and percussion. In the midst of all this, Jeremy Cohen takes the Average White Band’s pop/jazz hit Pick Up the Pieces and arranges it for his band, which just happens to be a string quartet.

from Mason Bates: Mothership 

Mason Bates: Observer in the Magellanic Cloud
Mario Broeders: Dances
Average White Band, arr. Cohen: Pick Up the Pieces
Mason Bates: Mothership
George Crumb: The Ghosts of Alhambra
Chinary Ung: Water Rings Overture

Every Saturday night at 9 Eastern, Kile Smith plays new American classical music on WRTI’s Now Is the Time, at and on HD-2. At click on the Listen: Classical button at the top of any page. Thanks for supporting American contemporary music on WRTI! 

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