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 New Music Summer Festival in 2011.
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Before being part of the founding of Alarm Will Sound in 2001, Alan Pierson’s creative interests were all over the map: he tried his hands at writing scripts for Star Trek before getting his physics degree at MIT -- where he finished a thesis on planetary dynamics -- after which he started (but never finished) a Masters degree in composition at the Eastman School of Music. His first encounters with contemporary music were at a high school program at Northwestern, where he fell in love with Reich’s Tehillim and experienced a head-scratching but eye-opening evening watching one of Cage’s Europeras with the composer in attendance. It was through his work with his colleagues in Alarm Will Sound that Alan discovered a passion for conducting contemporary music. Since beginning his career with Alarm Will Sound, Alan has also served as Artistic Director and conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Principal Conductor of Ireland’s Crash Ensemble, and visiting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern’s Bieden School of Music. He’s also conducted numerous other ensembles and orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Steve Reich Ensemble, the London Sinfonietta, and the Silk Road Project. But Alarm Will Sound always remains Alan’s artistic home, the group of musicians whom he finds most stimulating, challenging, and inspiring to work with.
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