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January 7, 2018

The First ‘Live at LPR’ is January 31

Relevant Tones postcardMy new live broadcast series at Manhattan’s famed venue Le Poisson Rouge begins on Wednesday, January 31!  We’ll kick it off with a fabulous concert featuring pianist Jenny Lin playing selections from her upcoming album release The Complete Piano Etudes of Philip Glass.

This will be Philip’s 81st birthday, and Jenny’s birthday as well coincidentally, and she’ll be playing live on my radio program Relevant Tones which is celebrating its sixth anniversary in January so it’s birthdays all around.

In addition to the live syndicated radio broadcast we’ll also be live streaming to a huge coalition of Facebook pages. Yay, the future!

The show is January 31st at 7:00 at LPR.


December 9, 2017

Saturday Puzzle Fever

IMG_20171212_123233295Something huge happened to me today.  Big, the absolute biggest.

I finished a Saturday New York Times crossword puzzle for the first time ever.

The time was this afternoon, the place my dining room table.  Soft music played, I believe it was Chet Baker.

Upon writing in the last letter a single tear formed in my eye, swelled for a moment and then fell ever so slowly upon the paper.

Time stood still.

It was amazing.

November 14, 2017

Pas de Deux with Dancers

My piece for violin and cello Pas de Deux will be performed this Sunday at the Secret Theater in Queens as part of a program called “Fractals in the Dark.”

The piece will be played by Talia Dicker and Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry and there will be dancers too!  I didn’t envision dancers when I wrote the music so I’m curious…

October 14, 2017

Late Night at National Sawdust: Steven Stucky Portrait is Friday

Screen Shot 2017-12-12 at 11.47.41 AMOur last Late Night at National Sawdust event is a compelling portrait of the music of Steven Stucky as part of an exciting album release party for Open  G Records’ new release of previously unrecorded chamber music.

We’ll hear the Sonata for Violin and Piano and the Piano Quintet alongside a work by Christopher Stark, a longtime student of Stucky. The program will be broadcast live on my radio program Relevant Tones.

National Sawdust
70 N. 6th Street


October 12, 2017

Concept Lab is this Sunday

Concept LabI’m starting a new series in New York called Concept Lab that is, well I don’t quite know what it is yet, but it’s going to be interesting. I’ve been producing concerts for a long time and I’m looking for something a bit less polished, more raw, with the chance to try out things in progress, open up the process and make some mistakes along the way and generally work in a less controlled environment.

And so Concept Lab!  The first one will be this Sunday at 3:00 at Spectrum in Brooklyn.  I’ve got a great cast of composers and performers contributing and we’ll take it from there.

Spectrum is now in Brooklyn at 70 Flushing Ave.

September 13, 2017

Late Night at National Sawdust: Stucky Portrait is October 20

Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 2.24.28 PMThe final Late Night at National Sawdust concert of this year will be October 20 at 9:30 PM and is a portrait of one my favorite 20th century composers: Steven Stucky.

Here’s the info!

Late Night at National Sawdust: Steven Stucky Portrait

Open G Records and Access Contemporary Music team up for the final Late Night at National Sawdust concert of 2017: an intimate portrait of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steven Stucky.   Stucky was one of the country’s most prolific and most performed composers, a talented educator and an indispensible part of twentieth century classical music.

Late Night at National Sawdust is a quarterly live taping of Relevant Tones, a contemporary music podcast hosted by Seth Boustead that will also be broadcast in real time on the nationally syndicated WFMT Radio Network and on WKCR in New York. Live radio has never been so intimate.

The broadcast will be preceded by the Discovery Series, a process-oriented exploration of musical creativity led by composer/pianist Jeremy Gill. Three composers have been chosen from a pool of more than five hundred and will be announced by October 1.

September 3, 2017

‘The Numinous’ to be Performed September 12

My piece ‘The Numinous’ inspired by the works of C.G. Jung will be performed on Tuesday, September 12 as part of ACM’s Into the Mystic concert at the Davis Theater.


September 1, 2017

August Relevant Tones Episodes

Christopher Rouse

Hey, I host one of the world’s only syndicated radio shows on contemporary classical music and it’s also a podcast.  Yay!  Here’s what we did last month with links to listen.

My favorite is probably the live show we did to preview the Thirsty Ears Festival but that’s because I’m partial to live radio.  They’re all great!


Aug 5    Going Solo
Aug 11  Thirsty Ears Preview: Live
Aug 18  Activist Music
Aug 25  Christopher Rouse

August 2, 2017

Last Few Grant Park Talks for August

Summer is winding down (although it isn’t) and the Grant Park festival will be coming to a close soon (it will.)

Here are your last opportunities to come see one of my pre-concert lectures!  They all take place at the big white tent just west of Pritzker Pavilion.

August 4   5:30
August 5   6:30
August 16  6:30
August 18  5:30
August 19  6:30

August 1, 2017

July on Relevant Tones

Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 11.49.15 AMHey, I host one of the world’s only syndicated radio shows on contemporary classical music and it’s also a podcast.  Yay!  Here’s what we did last month with links to listen.

My favorites are Dealer’s Choice and the wonderful show with Angélica Negrón. But they’re all good!

Jul 7    Catalonia in NY
Jul 14  Dealer’s Choice
Jul 21  Late Night at National Sawdust
Jul 28  Angélica Negrón

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