Now Is the Time, 2015

New American classical 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:

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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.)

26 Dec 2015. 242. El Niño
John Adams: El Niño, excerpts

19 Dec 2015. 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

12 Dec 2015. 263. Meeting Places
Samuel Adler: A Festive Proclamation
Marc Mellits: Platter of Discontent
Arthur Kreiger: Meeting Places
David Amram: Honor Song for Sitting Bull

28 Nov 2015. 240. Giving Thanks
John Harbison: Thanks, Victor
Lawrence Dillon: String Quartet No. 2: Flight
William Bolcom: Inventing Flight
William Bolcom: Cabaret Songs, Vol. 4

21 Nov 2015. 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

14 Nov 2015. 262. The Spirit of Copland
Jennifer Higdon: Fanfare Ritmico
Michael Whalen: The Circles of a Swallow
Jonathan Bailey Holland: Halcyon Sun
Ben Hjertmann: On the Drawing of Constellations
Clancy Newman: Juxt-Opposition

7 Nov 2015. 261. Two Pianos
Lowell Liebermann: Daydream and Nightmare for Two Pianos, Eight Hands
John Corigliano: Chiaroscuro
Jed Distler: Loose Changes
Lowell Liebermann: Sonata for Two Pianos
Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez: Calacas y Palomas

31 Oct 2015. 193. Halloween
Dan Visconti: Drift of Rainbows
William Moylan: The Stolen Child
Benjamin Broening: Traces (ii)
Robert Carl: Shake the Tree
William Bolcom: Graceful Ghost Rag

24 Oct 2015. 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

17 Oct 2015. 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)

10 Oct 2015. 231. Dead Man Walking
Katherine Hoover: Masks
Jake Heggie: Dead Man Walking, excerpts

3 Oct 2015. 260. Melancholy Moon
Blake Wilkins: Compendium
Michael Whalen: The Gloaming
Paul Moravec: Northern Lights Electric
Jeffrey Chappell: Melancholy Moon

26 Sep 2015. 259. Concert di Gaudí
Curt Cacioppo: Ostinato-Fantasia on “All Creatures of Our God and King”
Chick Corea: Spain
Christopher Rouse: Concert di Gaudí
Carson Cooman: O Lord, I Will Sing of Your Love Forever

19 Sep 2015. 258. Catching Light
Michael Colquhoun: Talking Rocks
Roberto Sierra: Gloria, from Missa Latina “Pro Pace”
Ursula Mamlok: Four German Songs
Jan Krzywicki: Catching Light

12 Sep 2015. 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

5 Sep 2015. 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

29 Aug 2015. 228. Voices from the Heartland
David Amram: Celtic Rondo, from Concerto for VIolin and Orchestra
George Crumb: Voices from the Heartland

22 Aug 2015. 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

15 Aug 2015. 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

8 Aug 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

1 Aug 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

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

18 Jul 2015. 257. Capriccio
Karim Al-Zand: Fanfare
ensemble, et al.: Clock-watching Isn’t Waiting
Jeremy Gill: Capriccio, excerpts

11 Jul 2015. 222. Vintage
David Del Tredici: Vintage Alice
Michael Gandolfi: Q.E.D.: Engaging Richard Feynman
Mason Bates: Ford’s Farm

4 Jul 2015. 221. Reinvention
David Gompper: Violin Concerto
John King: AllSteel
Dan Becker: ReInvention 2C

27 Jun 2015. 220. Guardian Angel
Matthew Levy: Been There
Frank Brickle: Genius Loci
Ned Rorem: Flute Concerto
Matthew Levy: Brown Eyes

20 Jun 2015. 256. Threads
Paul Lansky: Threads
Michael Colquhon: You Can’t Get There From Here
Martin Rokeach: North Beach Rhapsody
Brian Fennelly: “Sigol” for Strings

13 Jun 2015. 219. Gardening at Gropius House
Neil Rolnick: Gardening at Gropius House
Ned Rorem: Violin Concerto

6 Jun 2015. 218. Images from a Closed Ward
Michael Hersch: Images from a Closed Ward
Judith Lang Zaimont: Ghosts

30 May 2015. 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)

23 May 2015. 255. Streetscape
Charles Coleman: Streetscape
Patrick Beckman: Funky
Cornelius Duffalo: introduction and cosmic clouds
Stefania de Kenessey: Spontaneous D-Combustion
Charles Coleman: Young Worlds

16 May 2015. 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

9 May 2015. 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

2 May 2015. 254. Unseen Sounds
Robert Moran: Seven Sounds Unseen
Nicolas Scherzinger: Fractured Mirrors
Bright Sheng: The Singing Gobi Desert

25 Apr 2015. 253. Tango Nuevo
Michael Kurth: Mean Old Pony Tango
Adrienne Albert: L.A. Tango Nuevo
Robert Elkjer: En-tango-ed
James Adler: Twisted Tango
Ingrid Arauco: Divertimento
Kenneth Froelich: Clockwork Automata
Jeremy Cohen: Tanguori

18 Apr 2015. 252. Available Forms
Paul Moravec: Piano Quintet
John Hodian: MMU-14

11 Apr 2015. 251. Passover and Remembering
David Leisner: Acrobats
Raphael Mostel: Night and Dawn
John Morton: The Parting
Gerard Schwarz: In Memoriam
Gerald Cohen: Variously Blue

4 Apr 2015. 250. Women at the Cross
James Primosch: Holy the Firm
Curt Cacioppo: Women at the Cross

28 Mar 2015. 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

21 Mar 2015. 210. String Circle
Daniel Bernard Roumain: Ghetto Strings
Kenji Bunch: String Circle 1
Phillip Rhodes: Partita
Martin Rokeach: Fantasy on 12 Strings

14 Mar 2015. 209. Extended Family
Philip Glass: Naqoyqatsi (excerpts)
Neil Rolnick: Extended Family

7 Mar 2015. 249. All Viola
John Harbison: Viola Concerto
Philip Glass: Duo for Solo Percussion and Viola
Jennifer Higdon: Sonata for Viola and Piano
Nickitas Demos: Tonoi I

28 Feb 2015. 248. Elusive Dreams
Daron Hagen: Much Ado
JG Thirlwell: 10 Ton Shadow
Steven Stucky: Whispers
Lewis Spratlan: Apollo and Daphne Variations
Carleton Macy: Elusive Dreams

21 Feb 2015. 247. Many Times
Rudy Davenport: Seven Innocent Dances
Paul Chihara: Bagatelles (Twice Seven Haiku for Piano)
David Bixler: Heptagon
Joel Chadabe: Many Times Esther
Lucas Ligeti: Triangulation

14 Feb 2015. 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

7 Feb 2015. 194. Of Nature
William Wallace: Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra
Carson Cooman: A Cosmic Prayer
Tomas Svoboda: Symphony No. 1 (of Nature)

31 Jan 2015. 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

24 Jan 2015. 201. Winter Spirits
Benjamin C. S. Boyle: Three Carols for Wintertide
Fred Frith: For Nothing
Katherine Hoover: Winter Spirits
Steven R. Gerber: Symphony No. 1
Adrienne Albert: Winter Solace

17 Jan 2015. 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

10 Jan 2015. 246. Three of a Kind
Brian Belet: Drei Kinderstücke
John Corigliano: Three Irish Folksong Settings
David Bennett Thomas: Three Pieces for Clarinet and Piano
Evan Chambers: Three Tannahill Songs
Lera Auerbach: Trio
Fred Sturm: Picasso Cubed

3 Jan 2015. 245. Prelude and Excursion
Kevin McCarter: Prelude and Excursion
Carson Cooman: Set Me As a Seal
William Bolcom: Twelve New Etudes, Book 4
Robert Honstein: I know the feeling…
Eric Moe: Preamble and Dreamsong from the 4-5 a.m. REM Stage
Wendy Mae Chambers: Symphony of the Universe, 4: Evolution