Alarm Will Sound, the 20-member chamber orchestra devoted to contemporary classical music, will perform three programs in the 2012-13 season in St. Louis, Missouri, as part of its first “St. Louis Season.” The first and second programs will take place at St. Louis’s Sheldon Concert Hall on October 18 and March 20, with the third program set for April 26 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Composers represented on the three concerts will include John Adams, Aphex Twin, Yotam Haber, Charles Wuorinen, Donnacha Dennehy, John Orfe, Terry Riley, John Cage, Conlon Nancarrow, and Stefan Freund, a music professor at the University of Missouri who plays cello with Alarm Will Sound. Other works include Steve Reich’s Radio Rewrite, based on music by Radiohead and commissioned by Alarm Will Sound and the London Sinfonietta; and a multimedia show called 1969, telling the story of the cultural and political upheavals of the 1960s through music by John Lennon, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Leonard Bernstein, and Luciano Berio. In a press statement, the ensemble said the concerts are meant to “grow an awareness about the vitality of contemporary culture in the Midwest.” The new regional strategy grows out of Alarm Will Sound’s work during the past three summers as the resident ensemble at the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival in Columbia, Missouri.
Posted August 20, 2012