Our perspective on the coronavirus pandemic:

This moment calls Alarm Will Sound to experiment with ways to make and share music under pandemic circumstances.
We will discover new practices, technologies, and venues to take us beyond this moment.
But the bottom line remains the same: to connect with each other through artistic curiosity, invention, and expression.


Katonah, NY

July 11 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Alarm Will Sound presents a physical distancing-friendly version of John Luther Adams's "Ten Thousand Birds."

New York, NY

August 29 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Mary Flagler Cary Hall; DiMenna Center for Classical Music
Alarm Will Sound returns to TIME:SPANS and the DiMenna Center for the Classical Music on August 29th at 7:30pm with Tyshawn Sorey’s For George Lewis; a still and static musical work, filled with layering and an intense awareness of time.

New York, NY

September 18 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Nolan Park
TEN THOUSAND BIRDS BY JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Alarm Will Sound presents two free performances of Ten Thousand Birds by John Luther Adams, Pulitzer Prize-Winning composer, at 1pm and 3pm on September 18th at Nolan Park on Governors Island, NY. In this physical distancing-friendly performance audience will walk the grounds while instrumental sounds commingle with the calls of wildlife, […]

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György Ligeti’s music is filled with drama because his life was dramatic. His work embodies these dreams and nightmares. Melodies intertwine to form dense webs, conflicting rhythms tick like a roomful of clocks gone awry, and the tiny spaces between notes are packed with charged activity. Learn More


Paper Pianos explores the refugee experience through the life of pianist Milad Yousufi who was forced to flee Afghanistan to avoid persecution. Learn More


Alarm System is a program that brings musical artists from a variety of backgrounds together with Alarm Will Sound to create new work. The goal is to expand the circle of those who can make great music for us, and who can contribute their ideas to the new-music world. Learn More


Alarm Will Sound has teamed up with New York Public Radio’s Peabody Award-winning podcast Meet the Composer to create a new kind of concert experience. Learn More


Scott Johnson has created Mind Out of Matter — a work examining religion from an atheist point of view. Learn More

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“Alarm Will Sound has grabbed the future of classical music and made it now – merging styles, erasing boundaries, championing experimentation and obviously having fun along the way.” - The Denver Post
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