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Modern Notebook for February 11, 2024

Composer Kevin Day
Sara Bill/Sara Bill Photography
Composer Kevin Day

On this week’s Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline, we kick off a series of programs for Black History Month highlighting excellent music by Black composers. Listen for a work by Hannah Kendall titled “The Sparkcatchers,” as well as “...a tiny dream…” by Anthony R. Green. Plus, Kevin Day’s Cello Sonata, which explores the various colors of the instrument and the way in which it blends with the piano.

Then: Dancing was a part of composer KiMani Bridges’ youth, along with acting and music. It’s only natural, then, that dance would make its way into her work as a composer, like in this piece: “Warmth,” which evokes the intricacies of footwork in partner dancing.

Featuring music by Bradley Harris, Nathalie Joachim, Jeffrey Mumford, Errollyn Wallen, Tyshawn Sorey, and Andile Khumalo; and performances by pianist Brianna Matzke, clarinetist Tasha Warren with cellist Dave Eggar, cellist Tommy Mesa and pianist Michelle Cann, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason and Chineke! Orchestra, fivebyfive, Unheard-of//Ensemble, pianist Awadagin Pratt with Roomful of Teeth, and more.

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

Hour 1

Opened Window by Bradley Harris.

Nathalie Joachim’s Lalin.

Cello Sonata by Kevin Day.

Hannah Kendall’s The Spark Catchers.

…a tiny dream… by Anthony R. Green.

Nia Imani-Franklin’s Afro-Dite.

Hour 2

an evolving romance by Jeffrey Mumford.

Errollyn Wallen’s Photography.

Warmth by KiMani Bridges.

Tyshawn Sorey’s Untitled Composition for Piano and Eight Voices.

Beyond Her Mask by Andile Khumalo.

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.