Music of the Sun, Moon, and Stars: Saturday, Feb. 29 | 10pm

by Maggie Molloy

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is among the composers featured in this week’s episode. Photo by Saga Sigurdardottir.

Every four years we add an extra day to our February calendars—have you ever wondered why that is?

Earth’s revolution around the Sun actually takes about six hours longer than our standard 365-day yearly calendar. Adding a Leap Day every four years realigns our calendar with Earth’s position in the Solar System, keeping our seasons on track.

So in honor of this special day that happens only once every four years, we’re celebrating on Second Inversion with an episode of music made for stargazing. Tune in for astronaut anthems, atmospheric meditations, and the shimmering sounds of outer space.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 10pm PT.

Music Around the Globe: Saturday, Feb. 22 | 10pm

Ballaké Sissoko, Vincent Segal, Kayhan Kalhor, and Nathalie Joachim are just a few of the featured artists this week on Second Inversion.

by Maggie Molloy

When we use the phrase “classical music,” it’s usually assumed we’re talking about Western classical music: music that is rooted in the traditions of Europe. But other countries all over the globe have their own traditions of classical or art music⁠—and something pretty incredible happens when there is a dialogue between them.

On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re exploring music that crosses genres and geographical boundaries alike, discovering new sounds and new definitions of what “classical music” means in the 21st century. Tune in for music from Peru, Haiti, West Africa, Iran, Vietnam, and beyond.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10pm PT.

21st Century Troubadours: Saturday, Feb. 15 | 10pm

Shara Nova’s chamber pop opera You Us We All is featured in this week’s episode.

by Maggie Molloy

Love is in the air and on the airwaves this weekend. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re devoting this week’s episode of Second Inversion to the music of 21st century troubadours.

In medieval times, troubadours were poets and musicians who wrote songs about chivalry and courtly love—they were kind of like the singer-songwriters of the Middle Ages. But of course, love and heartbreak are pretty timeless themes, and composers today are still writing love ballads for the modern romantic.

On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re going to hear songs about love, songs about heartbreak, and at least two songs about online dating nightmares.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10pm PT.

New Second Inversion Show Launches Feb. 8 on KING FM

Some say classical music is dead—or at least dominated by the music of dead composers. We beg to differ.

Second Inversion is proud to launch a new weekly radio show highlighting all the ways classical music has expanded and evolved in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The new show, hosted by Maggie Molloy, will air Saturday nights from 10-11pm PT beginning February 8 on Classical KING FM 98.1. Listeners can tune in at 98.1 or stream it online from anywhere in the world.

The new show highlights the diversity and innovation of classical music today, with sounds ranging from the quiet iconoclasm of John Cage to the electroacoustic sound collages of Pamela Z, the wordless revelations of Meredith Monk, and the vibrant musical mosaics of Gabriela Lena Frank.

Second Inversion host Maggie Molloy. Photo by Alyssa Brandt.

Each week’s episode features a different theme or trend in new music, allowing listeners a chance to hear contemporary and experimental music from a new perspective. Each piece is hand-picked by the host to draw connections between classical music of the past, wide-ranging musical genres of the present, and cutting-edge sounds of the future.

Our first episode (airing February 8) examines unusual instruments ranging from toy pianos to turntables and even 2×4 planks of wood. Episode two explores the trend of 21st century troubadours, highlighting the unique intersections of classical music and modern-day singer-songwriters. In episode three, listeners hear the dissolution of borders, boundaries, and genres through a selection of works that merge traditional Western classical idioms with the music and instruments of other cultures.

In a landscape where many classical music programs are still dominated by the narrow histories of a select few, Second Inversion showcases the incredible breadth, depth, and diversity of classical music today.

Want an exclusive first listen? Join us Thursday, Feb. 6 from 6-9pm at the Rendezvous for a Second Inversion Listening Party!