1969

It’s been a long two weeks. I was busy with NOVUS and a week-long residency at Dickinson College, a concert for the opening of a new hall at Messiah College, Alarm Will Sound and two intense days at the Eastman School of Music, another day in Rochester to do a masterclass for students at the Eastman School, back to Messiah College for a recording session with their brass ensemble, two more days of teaching and another recording session at Messiah. I hope to write about most of these things but I’m going to start with the one that’s easiest to compile my materials on: 1969.

1969 is Alarm Will Sound’s multimedia concert event that focuses on that year. Particularly, it centers on a meeting that could have happened (but did not) between John Lennon (“left field pop music writer”) and Karlheinz Stockhausen (“left field avant garde composer”). We’ve performed the show more than a handful of times now including at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall but returning to it is still exciting. The powerful images and music from that one year give me goosebumps every time. I took some pictures from this production:

Miles and Chandalier

Miles Brown

Miphy

Mike Harley playing the bassoon.

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The top of the show. Alan Pierson playing “A Day in the Life.”

My instruments

Conversation between Lennon, Berio and Stockhausen

Robert Stanton

Robert Stanton rehearsing as Stockhausen

Lennon, Berio and Berio

John Patrick Walker as John Lennon and David Chandler as Luciano Berio

One note

Stockhausen discussing Sri Auribindo

Riots

Lennon in front of image from civil rights riots

Stimmung

Performing Stockhausen’s Stimmung

I arranged these songs for my wife to sing.

Courtney Orlando accompanied by Erin Lesser in Luciano Berio’s “Michelle II,” his setting of The Beatles’s song.

Michelle

More Michelle

O King

Images from “O King”

Barrigan

Jason Price as Father David Barrigan

Jackie O

Christa Robinson as Jackie O

Bernstein

Mike Harley rehearses his role as Leonard Bernstein

Sinfonia!

Conducting Courtney Orlando’s arrangement of the third movement of Berio’s Sinfonia

There would be prejudice

Recreating Yoko Ono’s attempt to remove prejudice by wearing a bag

Swoon

The ladies swooning over Lennon

Stockhausen

Robert Stanton as Stockhausen

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