Alarm Will Sound, Calder Quartet, TEDxMET: ICONS and More Set for the Met, Oct 2013
The Met Museum Presents series has announced its October 2013 events, including: Alarm Will Sound's season-long residency with "The Permanent Collection", the Calder Quartet in three concerts of Bartók, and TEDxMET: Icons. Details below!
Alarm Will Sound: The Permanent Collection
Alarm Will Sound, the 20-member New York group of composer/performers led by Music Director Alan Pierson, is known for bringing vitality, intelligence, and a sense of adventure to a broad variety of musical and theatrical expression. The acclaimed ensemble will perform, work with curators and educators, and conduct talks and workshops in a season-long artist residency at the Met.
For this first event of a four-concert series, as Alan Pierson says, "Alarm Will Sound imagines its own musical version of the Metropolitan Museum's Permanent Collection, developing a canon for the new music ensemble." The program features the ensemble's first performance of a work by Wagner, the Siegfried Idyll, as well as Living Toys by Thomas Adès; Ragtime Dances Nos. 1 and 4 by Charles Ives; and György Ligeti's Chamber Concerto.
Among the residency's succeeding performances are an all-Steve Reich program featuring the New York premiere of Radio Rewrite(Nov. 16, 2013); Twinned, a site-specific dance work created for The Charles Engelhard Court in The American Wing with music by Aphex Twin, Tyondai Braxton, and Edgard Varèse and choreography by John Heginbotham (Feb. 20, 2014); and I Was Here I Was I, a Metropolitan Museum-commissioned music theater work combining narratives surrounding the history of The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, by Kate Soper (composer) and Nigel Maister (librettist/director) to be performed in the Lila Acheson Wallace Galleries of Egyptian Art and The Temple of Dendur (June 20, 2014).
"Alarm Will Sound brings to their performances a deep-rooted sense of discovery that stems from their creativity as composers and their appetites for all kinds of art," said Limor Tomer, the Met's General Manager of Concerts & Lectures. "Their nimbleness and their work in a variety of media make them wonderful collaborators with the Met."
Alarm Will Sound has established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic skill. ASCAP recognized their contributions to new music with a 2006 Concert Music Award for "the virtuosity, passion and commitment with which they perform and champion the repertory for the 21st century." Their performances have been described as "equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity" by the Financial Times and as "a triumph of ensemble playing" by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times says Alarm Will Sound is "the future of classical music" and "the very model of a modern music chamber band." www.alarmwillsound.com
New Pre-Concert Cocktails: A menu of limited-edition specialty cocktails celebrating Alarm Will Sound will be available for purchase before performances in either The Petrie Court Café or The Great Hall Balcony Bar. Both inspired by and named in honor of the ensemble's first performance at the Met, "The Permanent Collection" menu will feature an assortment of classic cocktails with a modern twist. This menu will be offered throughout the year, exclusively on evenings when Alarm Will Sound performs.