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Modern Notebook for December 10, 2023

Composer Emma O'Halloran.
Photo credit: Alex Dowling.
Composer Emma O'Halloran.

There is a certain stillness on a cold, clear night when the stars are shining brightly, that captures the feeling of the winter season. On a special Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline, listen for music inspired by starry skies and still moments, including a solo piano work by Chris Opperman titled "Underneath the Starlit Skies;" works by David Liptak and Emma O'Halloran inspired by constellations; and a work by Kenji Bunch that draws its inspiration from the Las Posadas holiday celebrated each year in December in the Southwestern United States.

Plus, music by Max Vinetz, Golfam Khayam, Jessie Montgomery, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Chris Cresswell, and others; and performances by Musiqa, Duo Noire, The Knights, pianist Eunmi Ko, Trio Klangspektrum, pianist Anne H. Goldberg-Baldwin, and more.

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

Hour 1

Underneath the Starlit Skies by Chris Opperman.

Stars on the Ground by Max Vinetz.

Golfam Khayam’s Night Triptych.

Starburst by Jessie Montgomery.

Kenji Bunch’s Luminaria.

Selections from David Liptak’s Constellations.

starshine & moonfall by Natalie Moller.

Hour 2

The Revolt of the Stars by Mary Kouyoumdjian.

Helen Grime’s Near Midnight.

Constellations by Emma O’Halloran.

Sebastian Fagerlund’s Breathe.

this is where I am right now by Chris Cresswell.

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.