Alarm Will Sound – “1969”

Sat | Apr 23, 2011 | 7:30 pm

Over 40 years ago, John Lennon from the Beatles and German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen arranged to meet in New York to plan a joint concert. Neither the meeting nor the concert ever happened, but their tantalizing promise is the departure point for Alarm Will Sound’s show “1969.”

Through music, image, and spoken word, “1969” tells the story of great musicians — Stockhausen, Lennon, McCartney, Berio, and Bernstein — striving for a new world and a new music in the tumultuous months surrounding the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy and the election of Richard Nixon.

“Alarm Will Sound has grabbed the future of classical music and made it now – merging styles, erasing boundaries, championing experimentation and obviously having fun along the way…. If classical music is to a remain a vital, relevant form that can attract new, young audiences, it needs daring, exciting groups like Alarm Will Sound.” – The Denver Post

“… a consistent wonder.” New York Times

“… stimulating, provocative and even poignant….” New York Times