March 31, 2019
Conductor Alan Pierson – celebrated by New York Times for innovation in bringing modern music to traditional concert hall audiences

Conductor Alan Pierson was celebrated by the New York Times in a recent article about innovation in bringing modern music to traditional concert hall audiences. In an analysis entitled How Do You Teach People to Love Difficult Music as a preview to an upcoming concert of music by Legeti with Alarm Will Sound at Carnegie Hall (March 16, 2019), music columnist Ryan Ebright asked the questions: What are you supposed to pay attention to? How should you listen to this stuff?

Alan Pierson’s approach is to emphasize the history surrounding the works as much as the sounds themselves; to use Liegeti’s early life experiences to illuminate his later music, using a mixture of storytelling, recorded audio and performance billed as a “live podcast”. Co-host of the concert was Nadia Sirota who had a similar collaboration with Maestro Pierson last year for the Alarm Will Sound album Splitting “Adams, a tribute to composer John Adams.

Conductor Alan Pierson is one of the foremost proponents of contemporary music in the United States. He is Co-founder and Artistic Director of Alarm Will Sound, Principal Conductor of the Crash Ensemble (Dublin) and Co-director of the Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble. His recent recording of music by David Lang Writing on Water (Canteloupe Music) with Alarm Will Sound is included on the Chicago Tribune list of the best classical recordings of 2018.

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