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
This is our world premiere performance at the Mizzou International Composers Festival in 2013.
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Beth met the other members of what would become Alarm Will Sound while pursuing her Master’s degree in clarinet and music education at Eastman. She fondly remembers her first concert with the new music ensemble, Ossia, as Alan conducted Ian Quinn’s Passacaglia.
After graduating from Eastman, Beth won an orchestral job in Texas, but found the experience to be about as fulfilling as a regular office job. She jumped at the opportunity to rejoin fellow Alarm Will Sound musicians when they began their residency at Dickinson College in the small town of Carlisle, PA. She lived with other Alarm Will Sound members in a farmhouse during the three-year residency which they liken to being on a reality television show. Beth was lucky enough to remain on the ‘show’ for all three seasons and has remained in PA. She now teaches at Dickinson College, Harrisburg University, Messiah College and Kutztown University while maintaining an active freelance career.
Beth’s involvement in Alarm Will Sound is one of the highlights of her career. It is more than just an ensemble, she says, it’s a new way of approaching music. She also enjoys the sharing of knowledge that happens with the ensemble gets together as it greatly influences her teaching and overall musicianship.
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