Alarm Will Sound: Ten Thousand Birds by John Luther Adams

  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • February 2, 2023
    2:00 pm
  • Project Grants

Sun, Feb 5, 2 pm
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Contemporary Gallery

“At this difficult moment, it’s more important than ever for us to remember our connections with the larger-than-human world, and to celebrate the never-ending music of this miraculous planet that is our one and only home.” –John Luther Adams

“Alarm Will Sound has become one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American
music scene.” –The New York Times

“Reigning musical ambassador of the natural world” (The New York Times) John Luther Adams’s Ten Thousand Birds draws from birdsong—a source that has inspired him over his entire career. The work’s open, modular structure allows each page of music to be combined in varied ways. In this 60-minute interpretation, contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound follows the cycle of a day, starting with bird songs heard in the morning, then afternoon, evening, night, and returning to morning. The musicians will use space by moving around the venue as they play, and encourage the audience to walk around to experience the music from many perspectives.