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Viva! & Gala Around Town presents: ALARM WILL SOUND - this Saturday @ Cleveland Museum of Natural History 7:30pm

Posted by lightning fingers 
Cleveland Museum of Art
Viva! & Gala Around Town presents:
@ Cleveland Museum of Natural History
in the Murch Auditorium; 7:30pm
$34, CMA members $32
students pay what you can with valid school ID
(student tickets only available night of concert, subject to availability)
for tickets: [tickets.clevelandart.org]
or call (888) CMA-0033 or (216) 421-7350

"the future of classical music"
- New York Times

"one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene"
- New York Times

"the very model of a modern music chamber band"
- New York Times

"incontestably a sensational force"
- New Yorker

"equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity"
- London Financial Times

"a triumph of ensemble playing"
- San Francisco Chronicle

Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band committed to innovative performances and recordings of today's music. Its repertoire ranges from the European avant garde to pop-influenced American works. John Cage, Gyorgy Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Edgard Varese, John Adams, Meredith Monk, Charles Ives, Conlon Nancarrow, Leonard Bernstein, Luciano Berio, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Gordon, Louis Andriessen, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Frank Zappa, John Cale, Autechre, Venetian Snares, Jelly Roll Morton, and even The Shaggs! In 2005 they recorded an entire album of music by Aphex Twin and have also recorded the works of Steve Reich and Michael Gordon. The group has releases on Nonesuch Records as well as Cantaloupe Music run by the group Bang On A Can. The group has worked with Evan Ziporyn and So Percussion and artistic director Alan Pierson has collaborated with Steve Reich and LaMonte Young.

The Weathermen, Woodstock, Stonewall, Vietnam, Nixon: 1969 was a year in which it seemed that society itself could be overturned, and perhaps needed to be. And this revolutionary spirit infused the music of the time. While senior composers; Stravinsky, Copland, Shostakovich; undertook their final works, John Lennon used his Montreal bed-in to demand world peace, Jimi Hendrix destroyed a violin on the stage of Queen Elizabeth Hall, Steve Reich and Philip Glass seemed to reboot Western music at the Whitney Museum, Cornelius Cardew invited anyone to make music with his Scratch Orchestra, and Mass by Leonard Bernstein seemed to bring the threat of violent revolution directly to God.
Alarm Will Sound 1969 is a music-theater event that tells the stories of these artists and their relation to the historical events of the time. With the contagious we-can-remake-the-world optimism of 1969 now a distant memory, this production offers a relevant evening of entertainment from the group that Alex Ross of the New Yorker has called "incontestably a sensational force."


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