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St. Louis Beacon previews Alarm Will Sound’s 1969

by mgaudet

The St. Louis Beacon today published a story previewing Alarm Will Sound’s multimedia show 1969, which will be performed this Friday, April 26 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.

The Beacon’s Terry Perkins interviewed Alarm Will Sound conductor and artistic director Alan Pierson for the article, which can be read online here.

The Sinquefield Charitable Foundation is sponsoring Alarm Will Sound’s 2012-13 St. Louis season. You can purchase tickets for 1969 through the Touhill box office.

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April 2013
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Alarm Will Sound’s Alan Pierson interviewed on KMOX

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Alan Pierson, artistic director and conductor for the acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, was a guest on the April 21 edition of KMOX radio’s “Total Information AM Sunday.”

Pierson (pictured) joined hosts Brian Kelly and Maria Keena to talk about Alarm Will Sound’s multimedia performance 1969, which will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. You can listen to the interview online here.

Inspired by a once-rumored but unconsummated meeting between the Beatles and Karlheinz Stockhausen – icons of 1960s rock and avant-garde composition, respectively – 1969 connects the music, politics and culture of a turbulent decade through the works of the Beatles, Leonard Bernstein, and contemporary composers Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luciano Berio.

The production uses projected video and stills to help tell the story of the era’s tumultuous events, including civil rights protests, riots, the Vietnam War, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. Actors deliver lines based on interviews and writings by John Lennon, Stockhausen, and Berio, and the musicians not only play their instruments, they sing and act, too, using the words of the decade’s cultural and historical figures.

1969 is the final production of Alarm Will Sound’s 2012-13 St. Louis season, which is sponsored by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. You can purchase tickets for 1969 through the Touhill box office.

Tuesday
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April 2013
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New music inspired by Bill Smith exhibition to debut
Saturday, May 4 at World Chess Hall of Fame

by mgaudet

The World Chess Hall of Fame and the Mizzou New Music Initiative will present the world premieres of three new compositions inspired by the work of St. Louis visual artist Bill Smith in “The Sound of Art at the World Chess Hall of Fame” at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the WCHOF, 4652 Maryland Ave in St. Louis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a cocktail reception following the concert.

For this most recent installment in the series of interdisciplinary events that began in 2010, University of Missouri composition students Joe Hills, Haley Myers, and Robert Strobel each have written new pieces based on Beyond the Humanities, the Hall of Fame’s current exhibition of works by Smith.

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble (pictured) will perform Hills’ “Iridescent Labyrinth,” Myers’ “Spherodendron,” and Strobel’s “Graphyne,” as well as “Dancing Helix Rituals” by Augusta Read Thomas, who will be a guest composer at this summer’s Mizzou International Composers Festival in Columbia.

The event is free and open to the public. However, because seating is limited, reservations are required. RSVPs should be made to Lauren Stewart by phone at 314-367-9243 ext 106 or by email at lauren.stewart@worldchesshof.org. The concert also will be streamed live online at http://livestream.com/uschess.

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of Stefan Freund, a cellist, composer and associate professor. The Ensemble’s members for the 2012-13 season are Rachel AuBuchon, piano; Stephanie Berg, clarinets; Mary Jamerson, flute; Katherine Jones, violin; Ian McClaflin, percussion; and Matthew Pierce, cello. They serve as the repertory group for the Mizzou New Music Initiative, working with faculty, students and visiting composers, and give public performances on campus and in the community.

The Mizzou New Music Initiative brings together an array of programs intended to position the University of Missouri School of Music as a leading center in the areas of composition and new music. The Initiative is made possible by the generous support of Dr. Jeanne and Mr. Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

The World Chess Hall of Fame (http://www.worldchesshof.org/) is a nonprofit organization committed to building awareness for the cultural and artistic significance of chess. It opened on September 9, 2011, in St. Louis’s Central West End after moving from previous locations in New York and Miami.

The WCHOF is housed in an historic 15,900 square-foot building that includes three floors of galleries, the U.S. and World Chess Halls of Fame, and the stylish Q Boutique. It provides visitors with a unique opportunity to use chess as a platform for learning, exploring, and seeing their world in entirely new ways. It is the only cultural institution of its kind in the world and the only solely chess-focused collecting institution in the U.S.

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April 2013
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Saturday, May 4 at World Chess Hall of Fame