On Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live audio stream of Alarm Will Sound's all Steve Reich concert from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Introduced by Phil Kline, the concert included the hometown premiere of Reich's Radio Rewrite - a 2012 work for winds, strings, percussion and electric bass based on the Radiohead songs "Jigsaw Falling into Place" and "Everything in Its Right Place."
This concert is the second in a series of four eclectic programs as part of Alarm Will Sound's 2013-2014 residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The previous program on Oct. 16, "The Permanent Collection," was also streamed live on Q2 Music.
Conductor Alan Pierson discusses the historical connection between Alarm Will Sound and Steve Reich:
Our roots with Steve Reich go back to the very origins of Alarm Will Sound nearly 12 years ago. It was Steve who first told me that America needed its own answer to the great new music ensembles of Europe; it was our recording of his Tehillim and The Desert Music that first put us on the map; and it was in a concert of those works that Alarm Will Sound first appeared on the concert stage.
So it's a moving homecoming for us to present the New York City premiere of a new work that Reich has written for us. Leading up to tonight's performance of Radio Rewrite, we present pieces from the past 40 years of Reich's career. And we're premiering several classic Reich music in fresh new contexts: our pianist, John Orfe, introduces 1973's Six Pianos in a dazzling new version for solo piano and tape; "Four Genesis Settings" takes beautiful music from Reich's monumental and rarely-performed 1994 theatrical work, The Cave, and offers it a purely musical presentation (which I hope will see this music performed more often); and the composer himself joins all of us in Alarm Will Sound for a large scale performance of Clapping Music.
"Four Genesis Settings" (from The Cave)
New York Counterpoint
Radio Rewrite (New York Premiere)
Alarm Will Sound; Alan Pierson, conductor
This concert was engineered by Edward Haber (technical director & music mix), George Wellington, Noriko Okabe and Rick Kwan.