ALARMWILL SOUND BRINGS MULTIMEDIA EVENT, 1969,TO ZANKEL HALL ON THURSDAY, MARCH 10Inspired by A Planned Meeting between John Lennon and Karlheinz Stockhausen,Program Includes Music By Lennon/McCartney, Berio, Bernstein, Stockhausen,and others
On Thursday, March 10 at 9:00 p.m., New York based new musicensemble Alarm Will Sound performs 1969 in Zankel Hall. More thanforty years ago, The Beatles and German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (a largeinfluence on the iconic band) arranged to meet in New York City to plan a jointconcert. No such performance would ever take place, but the inspired idea ofsuch a meeting served as a point of departure for 1969, featuring musicby John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Luciano Berio, Leonard Bernstein, andStockhausen among others. (The full musical program is listed below.) Led by AlarmWill Sound’s artistic director and conductor, Alan Pierson, thismultimedia piece of music, image, and spoken word features actors RobertStanton and John Patrick Walker (as Lennon and Stockhausen), is written byAndrew Kupfer, and directed by Nigel Maister. For a video of a past performanceof The Beatles’ “Revolution 9” from 1969, click here.Originally premiered in February 2009 at Duke University, 1969 tells thestory of great musicians—Stockhausen, Lennon, McCartney, Berio, andBernstein—striving for a new world and a new music in the tumultuous monthssurrounding the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy and theelection of Richard Nixon. Pivotal works arranged for 1969 include aselection from Stockhausen’s Hymnen; selections from Bernstein’s Mass;Berio’s Sinfonia; “Much Too Soon” from the revue Oh! Calcutta by PeterSchickele, Robert Dennis, and Stanley Walden; and “Revolution 9” by John Lennonand Paul McCartney. According to Justin Davidson of New York Magazine,“Welcome to the live, all-acoustic version of Lennon and McCartney’s foray intomusique concrète, “Revolution 9,” as performed with irresistible panacheby the twenty-member ensemble Alarm Will Sound…[and] be rewarded withalarming—or at least fresh, discombobulating, complex, piquant, andexciting—sounds.”About the ArtistsAlarm Will Sound is a 20-member band committed to innovativeperformances and recordings of today's music. They have established areputation for performing demanding music with energetic skill. ASCAPrecognized their contributions to new music with a 2006 Concert Music Award.The versatility of Alarm Will Sound allows it to take on music from a widevariety of styles. Its repertoire ranges from European to American works, fromthe arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. The group fosters close relationshipswith contemporary composers and has commissioned and premiered pieces by SteveReich, David Lang, Wolfgang Rihm, Gavin Chuck, and Caleb Burhans.Alarm Will Sound may be heard on five recordings. a/rhythmia, theirlatest release on Nonesuch, is an eclectic mix of rhythmically complex music byBenedict Mason, Michael Gordon, György Ligeti, Mochipet, Johannes Ciconia,Conlon Nancarrow, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Josquin des Prez, and Autechre.Their genre-bending, critically acclaimed Acoustica featureslive-performance arrangements of music by electronica guru Aphex Twin. In 2010,the group developed and performed the Dirty Projectors's The Getty Addressin its new identity as a live performance piece at Lincoln Center, Walt DisneyConcert Hall, and the Barbican. Members of the ensemble began playing togetherwhile studying at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.Prior to the performance, beginning at 8:00 p.m., concert-goers are invited toenjoy a laid-back pre-concert experience in the Zankel Hall lounge and meetothers who share their passion for music. The first 200 concert-goers to arrivewill receive a complimentary drink, courtesy of Carnegie Hall. For moreinformation please visit: carnegiehall.org/latenightsProgram InformationThursday, March 10 at 9:00 p.m.Zankel HallALARM WILL SOUNDAlan Pierson, Artistic Director and ConductorNigel Maister, DirectorRobert Stanton, ActorJon Patrick Walker, ActorDavid Chandler, ActorPeter Nigrini, Projection DesignDan Scully, Projection DesignDan Bora, Sound EngineerAndrew Kupfer, Writer1969 (created and developed by Andrew Kupfer, Nigel Maister, and AlanPierson; conceived by Alan Pierson)JOHN LENNON / PAUL MCCARTNEY "A Day in the Life" (arr. John Orfe)KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN selection from Stimmung, No. 24LUCIANO BERIO selection from Traces (arr. Courtney Orlando)JOHN LENNON / PAUL MCCARTNEY "Tomorrow Never Knows" (arr. Matt Marks)LUCIANO BERIO "Michelle II" from Beatles SongsLUCIANO BERIO O King (arr. Payton MacDonald)LEONARD BERNSTEIN "Word of the Lord" from Mass (arr. GavinChuck and Stefam Freud)GAVIN CHUCK mitKARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN selection from Hymnen, No. 22 (electronic version)LEONARD BERNSTEIN "Agnus Dei" from Mass (arr. Stefan Freund)GAVIN CHUCK mitKARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN Hymnen, No. 22LEONARD BERNSTEIN selection from "Pax Communion" from MassLUCIANO BERIO selection from Traces (arr. Courtney Orlando)MILES BROWN Two VirginsJOHN LENNON / YOKO ONO Unfinished MusicLUCIANO BERIO selections from Sinfonia (arr. Payton MacDonald and CourtneyOrlando)KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN "Set Sail for the Sun" from Aus den siebenTagen, No. 26PETER SCHICKELE / ROBERT DENNIS / STANLEY WALDEN "Much Too Soon" fromOh! Calcutta (arr. Courtney Orlando)JOHN LENNON / PAUL MCCARTNEY "Revolution 9" (arr. Matt Marks)STEFAN FREUND New WorkBank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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