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Modern Notebook for March 12, 2023

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Photo credit: Shervin Lainez.
Composer Nina Shekhar.

On the next Modern Notebook: Helen Grime’s “A Cold Spring” is a three movement work that covers a lot of territory: it opens with exuberant and fast-moving music, followed by a nocturnal mini concerto for solo horn, and finally an energetic finale contrasting solos and duets within the ensemble.

Then, “Don’t Beat a Word,” is “not a breakup song,” says composer Nina Shekhar. What it is, though, is sonically and personally influenced by her experience as a first-generation Indian-American, blending together Bollywood melodies and the sound of American pop.

And, hear a conversation with composer Sangbin Rhie, who is writing a new work for Tampa Bay's Contemporary Art Music Project. The new work will be premiered on a concert next week in St. Petersburg.

Also featuring music by Kitty Xiao, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Egidija Medekšaitė, Phonodelica, Sophia Jani, Kotoka Suzuki, Nina C. Young, and others; and performances by Nimbus Trio, Cobalt Duo, PRISM Quartet, cellist Matt Haimovitz, pianist Eunbi Kim, Khemia Ensemble, violinist Jennifer Koh, and more.

Listen Sunday night from 8 to 10 ET on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9. Listen online at wsmr.org.

Hour 1

Emei by Kitty Xiao.

Niloufar Nourbakhsh’s Quest.

Textile I by Egidija Medekšaitė.

Helen Grime’s A Cold Spring.

Red Pine by Kristin Kuster.

Chen Yi’s Night Thoughts.

the drowning meadow by Phonodelica.

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Hour 2
Hear a conversation with composer Sangbin Rhie ahead of the premiere of his new work composed for Tampa Bay's Contemporary Art Music Project.

Saturn Years by Sophia Jani.

Kotoka Suzuki’s Minyo.

Nina Shekhar’s Don’t Beat a Word.

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Each week, Tyler Kline journeys into new territory and demystifies the music of living composers on Modern Notebook. Listen for a wide variety of exciting music that engages and inspires, along with the stories behind each piece and the latest releases from today’s contemporary classical artists. Discover what’s in store on Modern Notebook.

Tyler Kline is a composer whose music has been performed across the United States, and internationally in Canada, Brazil and Romania. His compositional interests encompass a wide variety of styles and mediums, from acoustic chamber and large ensemble works to electronic and electroacoustic music. A native of Kentucky, he earned his Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of South Florida. Learn more at tylerklinemusic.com.