Recital Series: Alarm Will Sound

“In the work of Alarm Will Sound, a vibrant, technically dazzling new-music ensemble, listeners have grown accustomed to encountering the amazing, the amusing and, occasionally, the near-impossible.”
The New York Times

Continuing the tradition of inviting engaging ensembles to use the Armory in unusual ways, the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound will take over the entirety of the Armory’s historic rooms along with the Wade Thompson Drill Hall to perform Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams’ Ten Thousand Birds. The work is based on the songs of birds that are native to or migrate through the area in which the piece is performed. It explores the connections between nature and music, and Alarm Will Sound performs the work in an open-space setting where performers and audience move freely around the space. The work takes its inspiration from the minutest gesture of a single bird to the cacophony of thousands of birds. Designed by the ensemble’s Artistic Director Alan Pierson, this adventurous work will recreate our native birds’ daylong song cycle in the span of 70 minutes.

New York Premiere

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The Recital Series is supported in part by the Reed Foundation.

Image: Photo by Gavin Chuck

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August 21–22, 2020

Friday, August 21 at 8:00pm
Saturday, August 22 at 8:00pm
Tickets $45 (plus fees)

This performance has been canceled.

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