Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra to give world premiere of Aikman’s “Alarm!” concerto for saxophone quartet

Posted on: January 25, 2022

On January 29, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the PRISM saxophone quartet will perform the world premiere of Alarm! by James Aikman, the orchestra’s composer in residence. The orchestra commissioned the work in 2019; its original premiere had been planned for April 2020 but was postponed twice due to the pandemic. “That James Aikman’s new work Alarm! will finally have its world premiere is exciting for all of us,” said ICO Music Director Matthew Kraemer. “The ICO is dedicated to cultivating and commissioning new works for chamber orchestra. We look forward to welcoming the renowned saxophone quartet PRISM to the Schrott stage to bring James’ vision to life.” The premiere will take place at the Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis; the concert will also include music by French composers Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013), Henri Duparc (1848-1933), and Francis Poulenc (1899-1963).