• Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011

    Alarm Will Sound Brings 1969, Beatles Meets Stockhausen Multimedia Event, to Zankel Hall on March 10



    Inspired 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 music ensemble Alarm Will Sound performs 1969 in Zankel Hall. More than forty years ago, The Beatles and German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (a large influence on the iconic band) arranged to meet in New York City to plan a joint concert. No such performance would ever take place, but the inspired idea of such a meeting served as a point of departure for 1969, featuring music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Luciano Berio, Leonard Bernstein, and Stockhausen among others. (The full musical program is listed below.) Led by Alarm Will Sound’s artistic director and conductor, Alan Pierson, this multimedia piece of music, image, and spoken word features actors Robert Stanton and John Patrick Walker (as Lennon and Stockhausen), is written by Andrew Kupfer, and directed by Nigel Maister. For a video of a past performance of The Beatles’ “Revolution 9” from 1969, click here.

    Originally premiered in February 2009 at Duke University, 1969 tells the story of great musicians—Stockhausen, Lennon, McCartney, Berio, and Bernstein—striving for a new world and a new music in the tumultuous months surrounding the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy and the election of Richard Nixon. Pivotal works arranged for 1969 include a selection from Stockhausen’s Hymnen; selections from Bernstein’s Mass; Berio’s Sinfonia; “Much Too Soon” from the revue Oh! Calcutta by Peter Schickele, Robert Dennis, and Stanley Walden; and “Revolution 9” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. According to Justin Davidson of New York Magazine, “Welcome to the live, all-acoustic version of Lennon and McCartney’s foray into musique concrète, “Revolution 9,” as performed with irresistible panache by the twenty-member ensemble Alarm Will Sound…[and] be rewarded with alarming—or at least fresh, discombobulating, complex, piquant, and exciting—sounds.”

    About the Artists
    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. ASCAP recognized 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 wide variety of styles. Its repertoire ranges from European to American works, from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. The group fosters close relationships with contemporary composers and has commissioned and premiered pieces by Steve Reich, David Lang, Wolfgang Rihm, Gavin Chuck, and Caleb Burhans.

    Alarm Will Sound may be heard on five recordings. a/rhythmia, their latest release on Nonesuch, 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. Their genre-bending, critically acclaimed Acoustica features live-performance arrangements of music by electronica guru Aphex Twin. In 2010, the group developed and performed the Dirty Projectors's The Getty Address in its new identity as a live performance piece at Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Barbican. Members of the ensemble began playing together while 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 to enjoy a laid-back pre-concert experience in the Zankel Hall lounge and meet others who share their passion for music. The first 200 concert-goers to arrive will receive a complimentary drink, courtesy of Carnegie Hall. For more information please visit: carnegiehall.org/latenights

    Program Information
    Thursday, March 10 at 9:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

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

    1969 (created and developed by Andrew Kupfer, Nigel Maister, and Alan Pierson; conceived by Alan Pierson)

    JOHN LENNON / PAUL MCCARTNEY "A Day in the Life" (arr. John Orfe)
    KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN selection from Stimmung, No. 24
    LUCIANO BERIO selection from Traces (arr. Courtney Orlando)
    JOHN LENNON / PAUL MCCARTNEY "Tomorrow Never Knows" (arr. Matt Marks)
    LUCIANO BERIO "Michelle II" from Beatles Songs
    LUCIANO BERIO O King (arr. Payton MacDonald)
    LEONARD BERNSTEIN "Word of the Lord" from Mass (arr. Gavin Chuck and Stefam Freud)
    KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN selection from Hymnen, No. 22 (electronic version)
    LEONARD BERNSTEIN "Agnus Dei" from Mass (arr. Stefan Freund)
    LEONARD BERNSTEIN selection from "Pax Communion" from Mass
    LUCIANO BERIO selection from Traces (arr. Courtney Orlando)
    MILES BROWN Two Virgins
    JOHN LENNON / YOKO ONO Unfinished Music
    LUCIANO BERIO selections from Sinfonia (arr. Payton MacDonald and Courtney Orlando)
    KARLHEINZ 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)
    JOHN LENNON / PAUL MCCARTNEY "Revolution 9" (arr. Matt Marks)

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    Ticket Information
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