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Music on the Edge and the Warhol present Alarm Will Sound

The New Hazlett Theater aws360.jpg Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum present Alarm Will Sound “...as close to being a rock band as a chamber orchestra can be.” –The New York Times “...überhip....” –Entertainment Weekly The critically acclaimed chamber orchestra brings 1969 to life at the New Hazlett. Tickets purchased in advance through ProArts: $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors, Call 412-394-3353 or visit www.proartstickets.org. Service fees apply. Tickets at the door: $15 and $8 Pitt students: Free with ID. Update: Final Press Release Music on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum cap off the first season of their highly successful collaboration with the groundbreaking chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound performing their new music-theater event 1969. Through music, drama, and video 1969 seeks to encapsulate the  extensive cross-pollenization between popular music and the avant-garde that characterized the 60s and 1969 in particular. The event incorporates music from both The Beatles (A Day in the Life, Revolution No. 9, etc.) and Karlheinz Stockhausen (Hymnen, Stimmung, and more), as well as works by Luciano Berio, excerpts from Leonard Berstein's Mass and much more. Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band committed to innovative performances and recordings of today’s music. Musical Artists-in-Residence at Dickinson College, they have established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic virtuosity. Their performances have been described as “equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity” by the London Financial Times and as “a triumph of ensemble playing” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times says Alarm Will Sound is “the very model of a modern music chamber band,” and “the future of classical music.”  ASCAP recognized Alarm Will Sound with its Concert Music Award in 2006 for “the virtuosity, passion, and commitment with which they perform and champion the repertory for the 21st century.” Members of the ensemble began playing together while studying at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. With diverse experience in composition, improvisation, jazz and popular styles, early music, and world musics, they bring intelligence and a sense of adventure to all their performances. The concert takes place on Friday, March 20 , 2009 at The New Hazlett Theater at 8 p.m.  Tickets purchased in advance through ProArts are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Call 412-394-3353 or visit www.proartstickets.org. Service fees apply. Tickets at the door are $15 and $8. Pitt students are admitted free with ID. Presented by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music in the School of Arts and Sciences, Music on the Edge is co-directed by Pitt faculty composers Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum. The series is devoted to the performance of contemporary music by outstanding visiting artists from around the world. The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, serves more than 80,000 visitors of all ages per year. Opened in 1994, the museum features extensive permanent collections of art and archives of one of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century. The museum, a primary resource for anyone seeking insights into contemporary art and popular culture, is also an active cultural center that presents contemporary performance through its Sound Series and Off The Wall series.

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