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Kile Smith hosts the contemporary American music program Now is the Time on Sundays at 10 pm on HD-2 and the classical stream, and co-hosts Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection on the first Saturday of every month at 5 pm. Discoveries takes a fresh look at music in the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where Kile was curator for 18 years.
When he's not producing podcasts of CD reviews for WRTI, writing for the Broad Street Review, or teaching music notation at Temple University, Kile is busy working at his life's calling - as a composer of orchestral, choral, chamber, and liturgical works. His works are praised by critics and audiences for their emotional power, direct appeal, and strong voice. Gramophone magazine calls his Vespers "spectacular," possessing "sparkling beauty." The Philadelphia Inquirer describes his music as "breathtaking."
He's recently composed for The Crossing, Piffaro, Tempesta di Mare, Mélomanie, and the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. He's also written for David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jennifer Montone, Philadelphia's principal horn, and Anne Martindale Williams, principal cello of the Pittsburgh Symphony. His website is kilesmith.com.
He needs to get out more and pull weeds.