Now Is the Time, 2014

American contemporary music, Saturdays at 9 pm: That’s Now Is the Time. On WRTI-HD2 and on the all-classical stream at, it’s all styles of concert music by living American composers. Discover what people are listening to all around the world, and tell me what you think! Here’s where to send CDs for broadcast consideration:

Kile Smith
1509 Cecil B. Moore Ave., 3rd Fl
Philadelphia PA 19121

Below is the complete schedule, and because you really wanted to know, here’s the theme music and how it was written.

(Click on the program title for a description, audio sample, and further links.)

27 Dec 2014. 244. Taking Leave
Stephen Hartke: The King of the Sun
Chris Campbell: Sunface Streams Moonface
George Crumb: Sun and Shadow (Spanish Songbook II)
Nancy Galbraith: “The Joy of Sadness” from Traverso Mistico
Brian Dykstra: Taking Leave

20 Dec 2014. 243. Less Than a Week Before Christmas
Peter Golub: Less Than a Week Before Christmas
Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
Shulamit Ran: Yearning
Jennifer Higdon: Deep in the Night
Rick Sowash: Guitar Suite: For an Old Friend at Christmas
Daron Hagen: At Bethlehem Proper
Ned Rorem: While All Things Were in Quiet Silence

13 Dec 2014. 242. El Niño
John Adams: El Niño, excerpts

6 Dec 2014. 241. The Piano’s 12 Sides
Carter Pann: The Piano’s 12 Sides, excerpts

29 Nov 2014. 240. Giving Thanks
John Harbison: Thanks, Victor
Lawrence Dillon: String Quartet No. 2: Flight
William Bolcom: Inventing Flight
William Bolcom: Cabaret Songs, Vol. 4

22 Nov 2014. 239. Textures
Paul Lansky: Textures
Philip Glass: Quartet No. 4 (Buczak)

15 Nov 2014. 238. Post-modern Homages
Randall Woolf: Franz Schubert
Carol Barnett: Z=30; Schumann’s Excellent Extension
Stephen Hartke: Post-modern Homages, Selections
Reginald Bain: Chaos Game (For Nancarrow)
Brian Banks: Serenata No. 1 (Imaginary legacies)
Jimi Hendrix, arr. Evan Ziporyn: Little Wing

8 Nov 2014. 237. Into the Brightening Air
Michael Hersch: Sonata No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello
Lois V Vierk: Into the Brightening Air

1 Nov 2014. 215. Preludes
Stephen Paulus: Prelude No. 3: Sprightly
William Bland: Six Preludes
Bernard Rands: Preludes

25 Oct 2014. 236. Suites
Anthony Iannaccone: Partita
Paul Lansky: Semi-Suite
Harold Boatrite: Lyric Suite for Piano
Andy Teirstein: Suite

18 Oct 2014. 214. An Exaltation of Larks
Alvin Singleton: Argoru VI
Jennifer Higdon: An Exaltation of Larks
Benjamin Beirs: Fluidity
Daniel Goode: Tuba Thrush
Alvin Singleton: Argoru VII

11 Oct 2014. 235. Soliloquy
Kevin Puts: Violin Concerto
Robert Baksa: Soliloquy
Paul Moravec: Clarinet Concerto

4 Oct 2014. 234. Uncovered
Evan Ziporyn, arr.: Kashmir (Led Zeppelin)
Michael Daugherty: Motown Metal
Paul Schoenfeld: Four Music Videos
Evan Ziporyn, arr.: Lithium (Nirvana)
Duke Ellington, arr. Jeremy Cohen: The Mooche

27 Sep 2014. 233. Voices of Autumn
Jonathan Miller: The Fall
Anne LeBaron: Into Something Rich and Strange
John Corigliano: Winging It: Improvisations for Piano
Jackson Hill: Voices of Autumn
Adolphus Hailstork: Arabesques
Dan Becker: Keeping Time

20 Sep 2014. 232. Dancing Loops
Mathew Rosenblum: Möbius Loop (saxophone quartet)
Rand Steiger: 13 Loops
R. Carlos Nakai: Whirlwinds Dancing
Mathew Rosenblum: Möbius Loop (saxophone quartet with orchestra)

13 Sep 2014. 231. Dead Man Walking
Katherine Hoover: Masks
Jake Heggie: Dead Man Walking, excerpts

6 Sep 2014. 211. A Suite of Etudes
Marc Mellits: Etude No. 2: Defensive Chili
John McDonald: Lily Events: A Suite of Seven Little Studies
Tomas Svoboda: Nine Etudes in Fugue Style, Vol. 2
John Steinmetz: Etude No. 5
John McDonald: Lyrical Study

30 Aug 2014. 185. Labor Day Weekend
Shawn Crouch: City Columns
Michael Daugherty: UFO
Matthew McCabe: Everything Must Be Beautiful

23 Aug 2014. 210. String Circle
Daniel Bernard Roumain: Ghetto Strings
Kenji Bunch: String Circle 1
Phillip Rhodes: Partita
Martin Rokeach: Fantasy on 12 Strings

16 Aug 2014. 209. Extended Family
Philip Glass: Naqoyqatsi (excerpts)
Neil Rolnick: Extended Family

9 Aug 2014. 230. Secondary Impressions
Joan Tower: Fanfare No. 2 for the Uncommon Woman
Eric McIntyre: Secondary Impressions
Philip Glass: Quartet No. 2, Company
Andrew Rindfleisch: Four Fanfares for Two Trumpets
William Hawley: Two Motets
John Novacek: Three Rags for Two Pianos

2 Aug 2014. 229. Fantasy for Electronics
Mason Bates: Stereo Is King
Larry Kucharz: Pastel 7606
Charles Peck: Prism
James Aikman: Fantasy for Violin and Electronics
Barton McLean: Demons of the Night
Larry Kucharz: Pastel 0902
David van Tieghem: Waiting for the Gizmo—No. 1

26 Jul 2014. 228. Voices from the Heartland
David Amram: Celtic Rondo, from Concerto for VIolin and Orchestra
George Crumb: Voices from the Heartland

19 Jul 2014. 227. This Floating World
Edie Hill: This Floating World
John Adams: 5 Pages from John’s Book of Alleged Dances
Matthew Greenbaum: from A Floating Island
Robert Ackerman: Havana Special
Elena Ruehr: The Law of Floating Objects
Robert Ackerman: Scena

12 Jul 2014. 207. Old Love Story, Old Computer
Philip Lasser: Nicolette et Aucassin
Graham Reynolds: The Difference Engine

5 Jul 2014. 205. Four Hands
Charles Knox: Suite for Piano Four-Hands
Chen Yi: Romance of Hsiao and Ch’in
George Crumb: Otherworldly Resonances
Van Stiefel: Souls and Raindrops
Ursula Mamlok: Sonatina
Lance Hulme: Manic Music

28 Jun 2014. 203. Fathers, Sons, Sisters, Widows
Jeremy Beck: String Quartet No. 2, “Fathers and Sons”
Jerome Kitzke: The Animist Child
Victoria Bond: Sacred Sisters
Marc Satterwhite: Las Viudas de Calama (The Widows of Calama)
Dick Hensold: Dad’s Fantastic! Jig / Winnifred Foley’s / Bruce Bowers / Dad’s Fantastic! Jig

21 Jun 2014. 226. A Summer’s Day
Marilyn Shrude: Into Light
Lewis Spratlan: A Summer’s Day
Laura Elise Schwendinger: C’è la Luna Questa Sera?
Jennifer Higdon: Light Refracted
Brian Dykstra: Sweet Daydreams
David Lang: light moving

14 Jun 2014. 225. Miniatures
John Biggs: Pastiche
Louis Anthony deLise: Miniatures
Harold Schiffman: Concertino for Oboe and Orchestra
Dick Hensold: Janette Gillis’s Fish Cakes / Lass of Carrie Mills / Riddrie / Troy Mac Gillivray / Mrs. J. Forbes
John McDonald: Four Single-Minded Miniatures
Patrick Beckman: Natchez Hymn / Gigue

7 Jun 2014. 224. Songs with and without Words
Robert Moran: Notturno in Weiss
Joseph Hallman: Three Poems of Jessica Hornik
Anthony Iannaccone: Song without Words
Sergio Cervetti: Leyenda
Elena Ruehr: Blackberries

31 May 2014. 223. Notes to Self
David Garner: Vilna Poems
Paul Lansky: Notes to Self
Charles Ruggiero: Three Blues for Saxophone Quartet

24 May 2014. 222. Vintage
David Del Tredici: Vintage Alice
Michael Gandolfi: Q.E.D.: Engaging Richard Feynman
Mason Bates: Ford’s Farm

17 May 2014. 221. Reinvention
David Gompper: Violin Concerto
John King: AllSteel
Dan Becker: ReInvention 2C

10 May 2014. 220. Guardian Angel
Matthew Levy: Been There
Frank Brickle: Genius Loci
Ned Rorem: Flute Concerto
Matthew Levy: Brown Eyes

3 May 2014. 219. Gardening at Gropius House
Neil Rolnick: Gardening at Gropius House
Ned Rorem: Violin Concerto

26 Apr 2014. 218. Images from a Closed Ward
Michael Hersch: Images from a Closed Ward
Judith Lang Zaimont: Ghosts

19 Apr 2014. 217. Passage Through a Dream
Bright Sheng: China Dreams
Jerome Kitzke: We Need to Dream All This Again
Phillip Schroeder: Passage Through a Dream
Janika Vandervelde: Getting Your Z’s (Or Not)

12 Apr 2014. 216. Jazz Dance Suite
Malcolm Dalglish: Pleasure
Adam Berenson: Late 20th Century Stomp / Emotional Idiot
David N. Baker: Jazz Dance Suite
Tobias Picker: The Blue Hula
John Musto: Divertimento for Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Cello, Piano, and Percussion
Adam Berenson: Respectable People

5 Apr 2014. 215. Preludes
Stephen Paulus: Prelude No. 3: Sprightly
William Bland: Six Preludes
Bernard Rands: Preludes

29 Mar 2014. 214. An Exaltation of Larks
Alvin Singleton: Argoru VI
Jennifer Higdon: An Exaltation of Larks
Benjamin Beirs: Fluidity
Daniel Goode: Tuba Thrush
Alvin Singleton: Argoru VII

22 Mar 2014. 213. First Leaves of Spring
Robert Ackerman: Circling Permutations
Brian Dykstra: Spring Beauties
Paul Chihara: String Trio
Avner Dorman: Azerbaijani Dance
David Gunn: Missing Inn March
Will Ayton: Four Pieces from Songs of the British Isles
Dick Hensold: First Leaves of Spring

15 Mar 2014. 212. The Ides of March
Stacy Garrop: Silver Dagger
Eric Moe: Dead Elf Tugboat
Andy Teirstein: The Shooting of Dan McGrew
Michael Daugherty: Dead Elvis
Dan Visconti: Lawless Airs
ensemble, et al.: No Matter How Fast You Run Today, you will Never Catch up to Tomorrow
Joshua Rosenblum: Forward March
Mark Zuckerman: Grant Us Peace

8 Mar 2014. 211. A Suite of Etudes
Marc Mellits: Etude No. 2: Defensive Chili
John McDonald: Lily Events: A Suite of Seven Little Studies
Tomas Svoboda: Nine Etudes in Fugue Style, Vol. 2
John Steinmetz: Etude No. 5
John McDonald: Lyrical Study

1 Mar 2014. 210. String Circle
Daniel Bernard Roumain: Ghetto Strings
Kenji Bunch: String Circle 1
Phillip Rhodes: Partita
Martin Rokeach: Fantasy on 12 Strings

22 Feb 2014. 209. Extended Family
Philip Glass: Naqoyqatsi (excerpts)
Neil Rolnick: Extended Family

15 Feb 2014. 208. Valentines
William Ortiz: Romance
Augusta Read Thomas: Love Twitters
Morten Lauridsen: Contre qui, rose
Andrew Violette: Amor dammi quel fazzolettino
David Bennett Thomas: Juliet: Five Songs from Shakespeare
Eric Whitacre: Go, lovely Rose
Allen Shawn: Valentine

8 Feb 2014. 207. Old Love Story, Old Computer
Philip Lasser: Nicolette et Aucassin
Graham Reynolds: The Difference Engine

1 Feb 2014. 206. Ice Canyons
Joan Tower: Petroushskates
Philip Glass: Echorus
Eric Ewazen: Elegia
Paul Fowler: Echoes
Kent Holliday: Dances from Colca Canyon
Barton McLean: Ice Canyons
Steve Reich: New York Counterpoint

25 Jan 2014. 205. Four Hands
Charles Knox: Suite for Piano Four-Hands
Chen Yi: Romance of Hsiao and Ch’in
George Crumb: Otherworldly Resonances
Van Stiefel: Souls and Raindrops
Ursula Mamlok: Sonatina
Lance Hulme: Manic Music

18 Jan 2014. 204. Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.
Steven R. Gerber: Spirituals
Curt Cacioppo: Contrapuntal Fantasy on John Newton’s “Amazing Grace”
H. Leslie Adams: Nightsongs, excerpts
Karel Husa: Stèle

11 Jan 2014. 203. Fathers, Sons, Sisters, Widows
Jeremy Beck: String Quartet No. 2, “Fathers and Sons”
Jerome Kitzke: The Animist Child
Victoria Bond: Sacred Sisters
Marc Satterwhite: Las Viudas de Calama (The Widows of Calama)
Dick Hensold: Dad’s Fantastic! Jig / Winnifred Foley’s / Bruce Bowers / Dad’s Fantastic! Jig

Show #200!
4 Jan 2014. 200. Now Is the Time Turns 200!
Judith Lang Zaimont: Reflective Rag
William Bland: Kindred Spirits
Ursula Mamlok: Aphorisms II
Allen Shawn: Nostalgic Pieces
David Wolfson: Time and Tide (Benediction)
James Syler: Minton’s Playhouse
Kile Smith: American Spirituals, Book 2