Performance Thursday, March 10, 2011 | 9 PM

Alarm Will Sound

Zankel Hall
Forty years ago, The Beatles and composer Karlheinz Stockhausen arranged to meet in New York City to plan a joint concert. No such performance would ever take place. But its tantalizing promise is the departure point for Alarm Will Sound's 1969. Told through their own words, music, and images, 1969 is the story of great musicians—Leonard Bernstein, Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, The Beatles and Yoko Ono—striving for a new music and a new world amidst the turmoil of the late 1960s.


  • Alarm Will Sound
    Alan Pierson, Artistic Director and Conductor
  • David Chandler, Actor
  • Jon Patrick Walker, Actor
  • Nigel Maister, Director
  • Peter Nigrini, Projection Design
    Dan Scully, Projection Design
    Dan Bora, Sound Engineer
    Aaron Black, Lighting Design
    Andrew Kupfer, Writer
  • Robert Stanton, Actor


    1969 (created and developed by Andrew Kupfer, Nigel Maister, and Alan Pierson; conceived by Alan Pierson)
  • LENNON / MCCARTNEY "A Day in the Life" (arr. John Orfe)
  • STOCKHAUSEN selection from Stimmung, No. 24
  • BERIO selection from Traces (arr. Courtney Orlando)
  • LENNON / MCCARTNEY "Tomorrow Never Knows" (arr. Matt Marks)
  • BERIO "Michelle II" from Beatles Songs
  • BERIO O King (arr. Payton MacDonald)
  • BERNSTEIN "Word of the Lord" from Mass (arr. Stefan Freund)
  • STOCKHAUSEN selection from Hymnen, No. 22 (electronic version)
  • BERNSTEIN "Agnus Dei" from Mass (arr. Stefan Freund)
  • SMITH Star-Spangled Banner (arr. Miles Brown after Jimi Hendrix)
  • STOCKHAUSEN Hymnen, No. 22
  • BERNSTEIN selection from "Pax Communion" from Mass (arr. Gavin Chuck)
  • BERIO selection from Traces (arr. Courtney Orlando)
  • MILES BROWN Two Virgins
  • LENNON / YOKO ONO Unfinished Music
  • BERIO selection from Sinfonia (arr. Courtney Orlando)
  • STOCKHAUSEN "Set Sail for the Sun" from Aus den sieben Tagen, No. 26
  • PETER SCHICKELE / ROBERT DENNIS / STANLEY WALDEN "Much Too Soon" from Oh! Calcutta (arr. Courtney Orlando)
  • LENNON / MCCARTNEY "Revolution 9" (arr. Matt Marks)
  • STEFAN FREUND Swimming (World Premiere)


  • Alarm Will Sound

    Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band committed to innovative performances and recordings of today's music. They have established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic skill. The versatility of Alarm Will Sound allows it to take on music from a wide variety of styles. Its repertoire ranges from European to American works, from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. Alarm Will Sound has been associated since its inception with composers at the forefront of contemporary music, premiering pieces by John Adams, Steve Reich, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Aaron Jay Kernis, Augusta Read Thomas, Derek Bermel, Benedict Mason, Wolfgang Rihm, Stefan Freund, Payton MacDonald, Gavin Chuck, Caleb Burhans, Dennis DeSantis, John Orfe, and Matt Marks, among others. The group itself includes many composer-performers, which allows for an unusual degree of insight into the creation and performance of new work.

    Alarm Will Sound can be heard on five recordings. a/rhythmia, its latest release on Nonesuch Records, is an eclectic mix of rhythmically complex music by Benedict Mason, Michael Gordon, György Ligeti, Mochipet, Johannes Ciconia, Conlon Nancarrow, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Josquin des Prez, and Autechre. Its genre-bending, critically acclaimed Acoustica features live-performance arrangements of music by electronica guru Aphex Twin. This unique project taps the diverse talents within the group, from the many composers who made arrangements of the original tracks, to the experimental approaches developed by the performers.

    In 2010, the group developed and performed the Dirty Projectors' The Getty Address in its new identity as a live performance piece at the Lincoln Center, Disney Hall, and the Barbican. Music that Dirty Projectors front-man David Longstreth created on a computer by meticulous and complicated sampling, looping, and layering is translated and arranged by Matt Marks, Alan Pierson, and Chris Thompson for 23 musicians of both bands.

    Members of the ensemble began playing together while studying at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. With diverse experience in composition, improvisation, jazz and popular styles, early music, and world music, they bring intelligence and a sense of adventure to all their performances.

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    Alan Pierson

    Alan Pierson is the Artistic Director of Alarm Will Sound, Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Principal Conductor of the Dublin-based Crash Ensemble. He has also appeared as a guest conductor with the London Sinfonietta, Steve Reich Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Ensemble ACJW, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the Silk Road Project. In addition, he has served as a visiting faculty conductor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Pierson has collaborated with major composers and performers, including Yo-Yo Ma, Steve Reich, Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas, David Lang, Michael Gordon, La Monte Young, and choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Akram Khan, and Eliot Feld. Mr. Pierson has recorded for Nonesuch Records, Cantaloupe Music, Sony Classical, and Sweetspot DVD.
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  • David Chandler

    David Chandler has appeared in Broadway productions of Lost in Yonkers, Death of a Salesman, and American Clock. Off-Broadway, he has been seen in Underneath the Lintel (Soho Playhouse); Private Jokes, Public Places (La Mama); The Swan (New York Shakespeare Festival); Slavs! (New York Theatre Workshop); Phaedra (Vineyard Theatre); Black Sea Follies and Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons); The Grey Zone (Manhattan Class Company); and Cellini (Second Stage Theatre). Regionally, Mr. Chandler has worked at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theater Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Wilma Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Williamstown Theatre Festival, among others. Mr. Chandler appeared at London's Bush Theatre in A Question of Mercy. His film and television credits include The Grey Zone, Hide and Seek, Death of a Salesman, Upheaval, The Portrait, Her Alibi, Seinfeld, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Arli$$, The Undeserved, and numerous Law and Order episodes.
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  • Jon Patrick Walker

    Jon Patrick Walker was seen most recently in productions of Our Town and A Funny Thing Happened … at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. His Broadway credits include Young Frankenstein, High Fidelity, and White Liars. Off-Broadway and regionally, he has appeared in She Stoops to Conquer (McCarter Theater Center); Twelfth Night (New York Shakespeare Festival); Like Love (New York Musical Theatre Festival); Pete Townshend's The Boy Who Heard Music (New York Stage and Film); Debbie Does Dallas (Jane Street Theatre); The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr {Abridged} (Westside Arts); Dead End (Huntington Theatre Company); The Playboy of the Western World (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); and A Midsummer Night's Dream and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Mr. Walker's film credits include Campbell Scott's Company Retreat, The Secret Lives of Dentists, The Substance of Fire, and Vibrations. He has had leading roles on television in The Fighting Fitzgeralds and Holding the Baby; and guest appearances on Rubicon, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Six Degrees, Melrose Place, Empty Nest, and Sex and the City.
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  • Nigel Maister

    Nigel Maister is a director, writer, designer, and performer, in addition to being the Artistic Director of the International Theatre Program at the University of Rochester. He is a founding member of Alarm Will Sound and a co-creator of 1969. His work as staging director for Alarm Will Sound has included Benedict Mason's ASKO/PARADISO: the Fifth Music: Résumé with C. P. E. Bach at Columbia University's Miller Theatre, the Odd Couples and a/rhythmia concerts in Zankel Hall, as well as numerous smaller pieces in other Alarm Will Sound concerts. With Alarm Will Sound, he also performed his text Paper Trails (music by Stefan Freund) at the John Adams-curated In Your Ear festival at Zankel Hall. Other performance credits include Rzewski's Coming Together. Recent and noteworthy theater productions include The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, King Lear, Hello Again, John Cage's Song Books, his own multimedia adaptation of The Iliad, and the New York premieres of W. David Hancock's The Puzzle Locker, Andy Bragen's The Hairy Dutchman, Manfred Karge's Conquest of the South Pole, and his own translation of Bernard-Marie Koltès's Roberto Zucco. A Drama League Fall Directing Fellow, Mr. Maister has worked as an assistant to and actor for Giorgio Strehler at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, and interned with Richard Foreman and Peter Sellars, among others.
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  • Andrew Kupfer

    Andrew Kupfer is a writer and editor. Over the course of 20 years on the staff of Fortune magazine, he wrote extensively about technology, industry, and policy, and was the author of stories about iconic American companies ranging from AT&T and Union Pacific to Apple and Amazon. Before becoming a journalist, he was an urban planner in New York, his native city, and he holds graduate degrees in planning from the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. He began his first play, The Maid's Room, a drama about Russian émigrés in New York following World War II, while on a writing sabbatical in Bath. He lives and works in Manhattan.

    Peter Nigrini

    Peter Nigrini has designed projection on Broadway for Fela!, 9 to 5: The Musical, and Say Goodnight Gracie. Other designs include Grace Jones's Hurricane tour, Der ferne Klang (Bard Summerscape), Haroun and the Sea of Stories (New York City Opera), Blind Date (Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Second Stage Theatre), Fetch Clay and Make Man (McCarter Theatre Center), The Orphan of Zhao (Lincoln Center Festival), Sweet Bird of Youth (Williamstown), Dido and Aeneas (Handel and Haydn Society), Biro (Public Theater), No Dice (2008 Obie Award), Romeo and Juliet (Salzburger Festspiele), and Life and Times-Episode 1 (Burgtheater, Vienna), among others. Upcoming projects include, Wings (Second Stage Theatre), Becoming Helen Keller (PBS's American Masters) and the London production of Fela!

    Dan Scully

    Dan Scully is a projection and lighting designer based in New York City. He leverages a background in the performing arts and computer engineering to explore the intersection of visual art, technology, and storytelling. Working in opera, theater, dance, and music performance, recent projection designs include Galileo (Asolo Repertory Theatre) and Seven Last Words (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center). As a lighting designer, Mr. Scully has designed for Trinity Repertory Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Yard Festival, and The Juilliard School, among others. He is also the resident lighting designer for the Abraham.In.Motion dance company, with whom he has designed at City Center, Jacob's Pillow, and various touring venues across the country. Mr. Scully lives in Brooklyn with his wife Bernadette.

    Dan Bora

    Throughout the past 10 years, Dan Bora has proven to be a major force behind New York City's new-music scene. As producer and engineer (from the studio to the stage to film scores), he has worked extensively with renowned composers and artists, including Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurðsson, and groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Dirty Projectors, and The Magnetic Fields. Bora is credited on many albums and films, including the Academy Award-winning The Fog of War, the Academy Award nominated The Hours, The Illusionist, Joshua, and Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream. In the next few years, Bora is looking forward to working on two operas, Missy Mazzoli's Song From the Uproar and Philip Glass's Einstein on the Beach.

    Aaron Black

    Aaron Black's collection of work runs the gamut of disciplines: lighting design for dance, theater, and opera; production design and art direction for film and television; interior design and event architecture; and thematic large-scale design for leading family amusement parks. As a lighting designer, his New York credits include the Drama Desk Award-winning revival of Black Nativity, the Audelco Award-winning Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, Three Sisters, King Lear, Waiting for Godot, the Lucille Lortel Award-winning Funnyhouse of a Negro, The Trojan Women, Mother Courage and Her Children, and the Audeco Award-winning Dream on Monkey Mountain for the Classical Theatre of Harlem. Black's worldwide opera credits include The Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Chicago Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Portland Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Opera Omaha, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Boston, Bilbao Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Manhattan School of Music, Bard Music Festival, Canadian Opera Company, Boston Lyric Opera, and Bard Summerscape.
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  • Robert Stanton

    Robert Stanton has appeared in Broadway productions of John Guare's A Free Man of Color, Schiller's Mary Stuart, and Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia. Off-Broadway, he has been seen in Love Child, written and performed with Daniel Jenkins (New World Stages / Primary Stages); Charles Grodin's The Right Kind of People; Obie and Clarence Derwent awards for David Ives's All in the Timing (Primary Stages); The Bald Soprano (Atlantic Theater Company); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Al Pacino (National Actors Theatre); David Lindsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers (Manhattan Theatre Club / Minetta Lane Theatre); Cymbeline and Measure for Measure (Delacorte Theater); A. R. Gurney's A Cheever Evening (Playwrights Horizons); Caryl Churchill's Owners and Traps (New York Theatre Workshop); and Keith Reddin's Rum and Coke (Public Theater). Mr. Stanton's regional credits include Stoppard's On the Razzle (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Jeffrey Hatcher's Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Philadelphia Theatre Company); and Twelfth Night, Major Barbara, Alan Knee's The Lost Boys, Once in a Lifetime, The Homecoming, and The King Stag (American Repertory Theater). His film credits include Luc Besson's Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard and Arthur and the Two Worlds War, Gigantic, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Find Me Guilty, The Stepford Wives, Head of State, The Quiet American, Mercury Rising, Next Stop Wonderland, Red Corner, Washington Square, Striptease, Dennis the Menace, Bob Roberts, and A League of Their Own. Mr. Stanton has had leading guest roles on Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Frasier, and Woody Allen's television adaptation of Don't Drink the Water.
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“Logon Rock Witch” (Aphex Twin)
Alarm Will Sound
Cantaloupe Music

This performance is part of Off the Beaten Track.