This Music Should Not Exist – Sold Out at Carnegie Hall

“This performance was a marvel… this made for approximately 25 minutes of the best live music I’ve heard so far this year.”

–  The New York Times

“The ensemble playing behind Orfe and in the Chamber Concerto was finer than one has heard in this music, live or on recording, by a considerable margin.”

New York Classical Review

Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times


On March 16th, Alarm Will Sound presented This Music Should Not Exist to a sold-out Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. The multimedia concert event presented the music and story of György Ligeti, Hungarian-born composer, in the style of a live podcast. By combining dialogue, readings of Ligeti’s own words, sound design, and live music, writers Alan Pierson and Nadia Sirota (host of the Peabody Award-winning Meet the Composer) highlighted notable events in the composer’s life and suggested possible relationships with aspects of his music. During the course of the evening Alarm Will Sound presented full performances of Ligeti’s Continuum (featuring guest Steven Beck), Piano Concerto (featuring Alarm Will Sound’s own John Orfe), and Chamber Concerto. The performances received rave reviews from The New York Times.

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