Out of the Box

Each week Out of the Box brings you something unexpected, extraordinary, and striking. Driven by the curiosity and imagination of Chris Voss, hear new classical (and classical-ish) releases that start your week with a kick.

Two black and white images showing Marian Anderson on the left looking off in the distance, and Leontyne Price, wearing pearls, on the right, looking powerfully forward
Marian Anderson: Yousuf Karsh / Leontyne Price: Courtesy of Artist

The stories and voices of two of America's most celebrated and pioneering singers star in this week's segment.

Conductor and Founder of the Chicago Sinfonietta Paul Freeman (left), and Mei-Ann Chen, current music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta (right)
Courtesy of the Artists

Through its "Project W," one of the most forward-looking classical music organizations in the country plays works by diverse women composers.

Image of composer Wynton Marsalis, holding his trumpet, smiling
David Clinch

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis weaves multiple music traditions together and crafts an entirely unique Violin Concerto and Fiddle Dance Suite for classical violinist Nicola Benedetti. 

Black and White Image of Florence Price
University of Arkansas

In 2009 a treasure trove of music was found in an abandoned house in Chicago. Now, for the first time, we can hear some of these works, thanks to two fantastic new EPs from pianist Lara Downes.

Picture of composer John Adams looking at the camera, holding music manuscripts
Margaretta Mitchell

"Common Tones in Simple Time" is featured on a 'minimalist' album brimming with sublime subtlety, which, like so many things in life, is much more than it first appears.