Relevant Tones 10th Anniversary Festival

For ten years ACM’s award-winning podcast Relevant Tones has covered the most exciting time in classical music history: right now.  We celebrate this exciting milestone with an ambitious three-day live-taped festival.

Each show features music and conversation on a given theme including Rube Goldberg machines, the intersection of music and architecture and the monsters that live in the heads of each one of us.

Featured speakers include Daniel Libeskind, Rube Goldberg’s granddaughter Jennifer George and writer Stephen Asma.

The festival is October 14-16 at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn.  Tickets are $20 per show or $40 for a festival pass.  Don’t miss this exciting live-taped podcast festival!  Tickets are on sale now!

Useless Machines
October 14, 8:00 PM
Cartoonist Rube Goldberg’s intricately complex contraptions have inspired everyone from the classic Mousetrap game to Pee Wee Hermann, and the Rube Goldberg machine has become a household name.

This concert features music inspired by and incorporating Rube Goldberg machines and conversation with Jennifer George, Goldberg’s granddaughter, the author of numerous books about Goldberg and the director of the Rube Goldberg Institute.

Rube G. by Frank London
Rube Goldberg Variations by Dmitri Tymoczko
Useless Machines for Thinking, Dreaming, Feeling by Seth Boustead
Water Walk by John Cage

Music performed by Unheard-of Ensemble and the Kings County Brass Band

Featuring dancers from Jody Oberfelder’s studio and shadow puppetry from Little Shadow Productions



Songs About Buildings and Moods
Friday, October 15, 8:00 PM
The exciting launch of a new series exploring the intersection of music and architecture, Songs About Buildings and Moods is an artistic interpretation of historically and culturally relevant spaces.

We’ll chat with starchitect Daniel Libeskind and hear the music performed live to the videos by Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect.

This immersive event invites us to experience both architecture and music in new ways. Songs About Buildings and Moods is presented as part of Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend.


Dancing About Architecture by Gene Pritsker (Milwaukee Ballet)

Eero by Stephanie Ann Boyd (Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center)

Surrounding Elements by Amos Gillespie (Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House)

Deliverance by Regina Baiochi (Walter Bailey’s First Church of Deliverance)
Eliza by Nailah Nombeko (Morris-Jumel mansion)

Music performed by fellows of Ensemble Connect
Ensemble Connect is a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education

Performed by:
Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet
Joanne Kang, piano
Jennifer Liu, violin
Halam Kim, viola
Laura Andrade, cello


Necessary Monsters Album Launch Party
Saturday, October 16, 8:00 PM
Necessary Monsters is a collaboration between composer/musician Carla Kihlstedt and poet Rafael Osés. It is a contemporary song cycle based on Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings — a collection of fantastical creatures culled from literary and mythological traditions around the world.

With an all-star 10-piece band as your guide, Necessary Monsters takes you on a psychological safari to visit with some of these chimeras living in the fertile landscape of our collective mind, each one a manifestation of our complicated humanness.

This show celebrates the long-awaited release of the Necessary Monsters limited edition book/album.

THE BAND: Carla Kihlstedt (violin/voice), Eddy Kwon (viola/voice), Emily Hope Price (cello/voice), Melissa Weikart (piano/voice), Marié Abe (accordion), Cole Kamen-Green (trumpet), Wendy Eisenberg (guitars), Jon Evans (bass/electric bass), Clara Warnaar (drums/percussion), Rafael Osés (narrator)

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