The cello section performs during the world premiere of David Ludwig's "Pangaea" at Bravo! Vail. The music is one of several piece featured on the upcoming season of the Centennial Sounds podcast.

(Photo: Zach Mahone)

Centennial Sounds -- a podcast about modern classical music, and what inspires some of today's most talented composers -- returns soon for its second season. 

The series, hosted by Brad Turner, features exclusive recordings of music by 21st century composers and stories about what inspires the music. 

The new season of Centennial Sounds features a twist: It's a musical road trip through the Rocky Mountains, with recordings from outstanding summer music festivals and other venues around Colorado. 

The first episodes feature recordings of three world-premiere performances, including new music by David Ludwig recorded at Bravo! Vail; a new piece by Daniel Kellogg performed at the Aspen Music Festival and School; and a uniquely haunting piece by Jessica Meyer written specifically for the unique acoustics inside The Tank in Rangely. Click the audio link above to hear a preview.

Each installment features an intimate interview with a composer, followed by with a complete, uninterrupted performance of a new piece. 

New episodes arrive in just a few weeks, so subscribe to Centennial Sounds via the NPR Podcast Directory, Apple Podcasts or Google Play -- or wherever you get your podcasts. Until then, catch up on episodes from Season 1 below.