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Los Angeles, CA

January 27 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Royce Hall
$29 - $59
1969. 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…

St. Louis, MO

February 8 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sheldon Concert Hall
$10 - $20
Mary Kouyoumdjian, Excerpt from Paper Pianos (World Premiere) François Sarhan, Hands (World Premiere) Juilius Eastman (adapted for Alarm Will Sound by Tim Leopold), Stay On It Testimonials The three works on the program deal with first person accounts of immigration, disillusionment, and dis-empowerment. Kouyoumdjian’s work, an excerpt from her larger work Paper Pianos, explores the experiences of Milad Yousoufi, a refugee from Afghanistan. The composition uses the voice of Mr. Yousoufi describing the laws he was forced to obey while living…

New York, NY

March 16 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Carnegie Hall
This Music Should Not Exist. György Ligeti’s life was filled with drama. He escaped Nazi extermination in a Jewish labor camp and eventually fled totalitarian oppression at the hands of the liberating Soviets in Hungary. His music’s dense melodic webs and conflicting rhythms—along with a host of other experimental sounds, shapes, and forms—embody the dreams, fantasies, and nightmares of a life lived on the edge. Alarm Will Sound tells Ligeti’s incredible story through a blend of music and recorded sounds in a…
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