Alarm Will Sound Performs John Cage
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University (3 Spruce St., Manhattan)
Alarm Will Sound’s fans know that the group has been combining music and theater for some time now. What they might not know is that John Cage’s work was an early inspiration to take that path. The members of the ensemble did a production of Song Books as students years before starting Alarm Will Sound and much of what they’ve accomplished since then in innovating the concert-hall experience goes right back to the excitement they felt during that first Song Books. It’s the kind of piece that calls on performers to expand how they think of themselves—using not just their instruments, but also their bodies, the space between them, and the experience of coming together itself.