2013 has been an exciting year for Alarm Will Sound. We started a residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we expanded our presence in St. Louis where we are finding an incredible amount of enthusiasm for new music, and we presented both the American and New York City premieres of Steve Reich’s amazing new piece Radio Rewrite. We need your help to continue creating new music and presenting exciting performances across the country and around the world.
Contribute $100 or more and we’ll send you a copy of our recent CD Canzonas Americanas as a thank-you for your support. Your tax-deductible donation will go to work immediately to support Alarm Will Sound’s many musical and educational activities. With a contribution of $250 or more, we’ll thank you in person with an invitation to our exclusive listening parties hosted a few days before one of our concerts in the homes of local Alarm Will Sound fans. At these events you’ll learn more about the upcoming programs and get the insiders’ perspective about what’s going on in contemporary classical music, all in an informal and fun way (no lectures here!).
Thank you for being a fan and for attending our performances. We hope you have as much fun as we do at our concerts. Your donation at any level ensures that we can continue to bring you our unique brand of high-energy performances. We’re counting on you to help us build the community of support for new music!
The very best part of the job is getting on stage and sharing the best of today’s music with our fantastic fans. Thank you very much for your support. We’re looking forward to seeing you again soon!
We have been playing the music of Derek Bermel for several years, returning to it time and again because its eclectic influences are rich and varied. Canzonas Americanas, released on Cantaloupe Music, brings the stylistic variety of his work together in one album, capturing the many musical traditions of North and South America that are part of Derek's—and our—world.
“Derek Bermel synthesizes the diverse musical languages of his time into a unique, thoroughly individual American voice that is tuneful and rich, engaging and sophisticated,” says Alan Pierson, our Artistic Director. “Canzonas Americanas establishes Derek as a composer firmly in an American tradition like Copland, Ives, Gershwin, and Ellington before him.”
We are joined by the remarkable Luciana Souza whose voice evokes a Latin dreamscape in the last movement of the title track. Timothy Jones performs the song collection Natural Selection with theatricality. And Kiera Duffy adds her soprano to the arresting At the End of the World.
Alarm Will Sound is a twenty-member group dedicated to the creation, performance, and recording of today's most innovative music.
This is an excerpt of our world premiere performance.
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She would have played the cello if she’d had a choice, but her parents loved the violin and put one in her hands before she knew the difference. Courtney grew up in Kutztown, PA and wanted to be a veterinarian. But music took over early in high school and Courtney decided to go to Temple University. Sometimes music school isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, though, and for Courtney, she says she became “un-enamored (is that a word?)” playing the same music over and over while trying to perfect excerpts for orchestral auditions. She tried music theory and pedagogy while at Eastman for her masters degree but went back to the violin for a DMA after getting swept up by the Ossia new-music crowd—maybe being a musician didn’t mean having to play in orchestra after all.
Courtney now lives in Brooklyn and freelances in the city while teaching ear-training for half of every week at Peabody in Baltimore. She never got away from her veterinarian dreams and volunteers at the SPCA walking and taking care of dogs.
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