Alarm Will Sound’s Alan Pierson interviewed on KMOX

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.

April 2013