Just over 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—John Lennon, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Paul McCartney, Luciano Berio, Yoko Ono, and Leonard Bernstein—striving for a new music and a new world amidst the turmoil of the late 1960s.
Created and developed by Andrew Kupfer, Nigel Maister and Alan Pierson
Directed by Nigel Maister
Projection Design by Peter Nigrini and Dan Scully
Sound Design by Dan Bora
Lighting Design by Aaron Black
Written by Andrew Kupfer
Conceived by Alan Pierson
performed by Alarm Will Sound
Robert Stanton, Jon Patrick Walker, David Chandler, Actors
Alan Pierson, Artistic Director and Conductor
Alarm Will Sound tours nationally and internationally, having been presented by
Matt Marks, our horn player, mixes 1950s doo-wop with with 1970s pop ballad and comes up with a 21st-century art song about teenage sexuality, the internet, and suburbia. Lyrics by Royce Vavrek.
Matt wrote a blog entry about how he composed this piece.
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Stefan lives in Columbia, Missouri where he keeps busy as a professor of composition and music theory at the University of Missouri and as the music director of the Columbia Civic Orchestra. As a kid, he was composing even before he started playing the cello; now he does both with Alarm Will Sound. The group features his compositions quite often and Stefan loves writing for the ensemble because he can tailor the music to each person in the group.
Stefan went to Eastman for a MM and DMA in composition. He remembers meeting Alan on the 2nd floor promenade at Eastman and getting recruited to play with Ossia. Alarm Will Sound grew out of the Ossia ensemble and Stefan has been with the group ever since. His favorite Alarm Will Sound concert experience was at the University of South Carolina. He describes it as a wild concert with people lined up at the doors and standing ovations. Who knew classical music could be as exciting as a rock concert?
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