Extra Eclectic

Caroline Mallonee amplifies the quietest of sounds

Composer Caroline Mallonee sitting at the piano.Provided

Extra Eclectic - April 13


April 13, 2023

Composer Caroline Mallonee was fascinated by the concept of whistler waves — electromagnetic pulses produced by lightning strikes that occur at extremely low, almost inaudible frequencies. Her composition Whistler Waves conveys this mysterious natural phenomenon in a piece for cello and orchestra, and it's one of the works that host Steve Seel features on this week's episode of Extra Eclectic. Also showcased: poignant music by Canadian composer Jocelyn Morlock, who died March 27 at 53, and Alleluia, by Kile Smith, whose choral music has been described as "sublimely, ecstatically beautiful."