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Modern Times with Alan Chapman

Saturdays 10 p.m. - Midnight

Alan Chapman invites you to join him in exploring great musical works from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular focus on compositions written within the past 75 years. Modern Times features music by acknowledged classical masters as well as emerging composers of merit, from Arnold Schoenberg to Gavin Bryars, Erich Korngold to Toru Takemitsu.

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  1. Marty DeWan posted on 01/26/2013 09:01 AM
    Any chance of a podcast of Modern Times for listening later during the week?
  2. Classical KUSC posted on 01/26/2013 10:08 AM
    Hi Marty, current copyright law prohibits us from podcasting programs containing more than 60 seconds of music from CD.
  3. Ron Chew posted on 01/27/2013 08:09 AM
    Enjoyed the show last night! Keep it comin.
  4. Georja posted on 03/02/2013 11:32 PM
    crazy for the piece played before the pulitzer prize piece around 11pm on Sat. night. Could you please let me know composer and name of piece? Many thank yous.
    1. KUSC posted on 03/03/2013 10:38 AM
      @Georja The piece just before the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Tempest Fantasy" was "Antares" by Carter Pann. Copy and paste this link into your browser if you are interested in the recording:
  5. Doug posted on 03/20/2013 06:06 PM
    Love Modern Times. The time, not so much. It's great that KUSC has a show dedicated to contemporary and recent modern composers. Thanks Alan and KUSC.

    As for the podcast issue, does copyright law allow doing something like the organ show, Pipedreams, They make their shows available not for download, but for streaming on their website.
  6. Dave C posted on 04/09/2013 06:51 PM
    I too love the show Alan!

    Would love to hear some Lou Harrison on the upcoming show (or sometime in the future).

  7. Guido Meindl posted on 05/22/2013 07:01 AM
    I would have loved to listen, but by 10pm these 'OLD FOLKS' are already in bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Steve posted on 06/09/2013 09:28 AM
    What was the first Copeland piece that was played after the admirers? Really enjoyed it but was in and out. Thanks!
    1. Classical KUSC posted on 06/14/2013 08:43 PM
      @Steve Here's the order of the pieces played in Copland's suite "Music for Movies": New England Countryside (The City); Barley Wagons (Of Mice and Men); Sunday Traffic (The City); Grovers Corners (Our Town); Threshing Machines (Of Mice and Men)
  9. Natalia Gimeshein posted on 06/13/2013 11:27 AM
    Dear Mr. Chapman, the cello concerto by "J.C.Bach" that you just had on your KUSC show (June 13 at approx 11.10 a.m.) is in fact by Henri Casadesus, originally written for viola.
  10. Keefer Hazlewood posted on 07/06/2013 10:43 PM
    Now would be a good time to honor an American composer who gave Ives a run for his money: FRANK ZAPPA!!!!! Pierre Boulez and Zubin Mehta can't be wrong!!!!!
  11. Keefer Hazlewood posted on 07/17/2013 04:54 PM
    THANKS ALAN!!! Can't wait to hear Zappa/Boulez THE PERFECT STRANGER on Sat 7/20!!!!!
  12. Virginia posted on 07/21/2013 10:43 AM
    ZAPPA!! Finally! Thank-you Alan! How about "The Yellow Shark" next?
  13. Juan Rosillo posted on 08/03/2013 08:20 PM
    Congratulations A very good program a great way to discover new music.
  14. Lauren Tom posted on 08/13/2013 03:10 PM
    Hi Alan,
    If its not too much trouble, could you please wish Tan Dun a Happy Birthday from me when you see him on Saturday? Tan composed the music for Peony Pavillion, and we traveled the world together with this opera back in 1998. I was an actress in the piece, and it was directed by Peter Sellars.
    Thanks for this, and all you do, Alan.
    Lauren Tom
  15. John posted on 08/17/2013 10:25 PM
    The piano piece you just played, 8/17 @ 10pm, was a new dimension of art for me. Eight memories in Water Colour I believe. Thank you for rekindling my spirit
  16. James Shea posted on 09/13/2013 07:40 AM
    I do not like Modern Times ! I was going to say Music , but I have a hard time calling it Music , for me I just don't like the program .
  17. Pat SheaI posted on 01/08/2014 10:31 AM
    I don't like Modern Times .
  18. Alejandro Carballo posted on 01/11/2014 11:53 PM
    Thank you very much for today's selection, I really enjoyed...Thank you again!
    Good night
  19. Stephen M. Amos posted on 03/08/2014 03:33 PM
    Have been a big fan for years. Keep it up!
  20. Tommy Penland posted on 05/27/2014 05:01 PM
    I was a huge fan and daily listener of "Music of our Century" with Dennis Bartel back in the 70's. I was unaware of this program and can't wait to tune in...
    BUT, ( that's a big but ) could you sneak in a bit more of the modern throughout the day? I would love it, and perhaps so would others?

    Thank You KUSC
  21. Andrew Griffin posted on 12/03/2014 05:02 PM
    Hi there,

    Could you play "The Architect" or "Portrait of a Courtesan" from Kerry Muzzey's album "The Architect"?

    Andrew in L.A.
  22. James Steven posted on 02/25/2015 11:31 PM
    Thanks for valuable information.

    Tahir Ali
  23. Craig Faber posted on 03/21/2015 09:38 AM
    Agree with prior comments, this show is great but timing is unfortunate. How about another couple of hours sometime during the week when we are awake!

    Also, it seems like the programming has moved more and more to the older music. Twentieth century music appears less and less throughout the KUSC day.
  24. Armen. Bagdasarian posted on 11/10/2015 11:29 AM
    Telemann/ James Brown...indeed. one has to wonder if the populace responded in kind to Telemann as I in my younger years responded to James Brown
  25. John Schebeck posted on 11/18/2015 06:13 PM
    I am hoping to hear some recordings conducted by the late Robert Craft.
    Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Webern, and there may have been other 20th century composers in his repertoire as well.
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