Crossing Barriers

January 27, 2017, 10:00 pm

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A big trend in the 2000’s saw contemporary music ensembles commissioning composers not to write new pieces for them but to arrange music by pop artists. We’ll listen to music from two such collaborations: Alarm Will Sound performing arrangements of electronic musician Aphex Twin and Osso Quartet’s arrangements of indie pop superstar Sufjan Stevens.


Year of the Snake, by Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens

Year of the Snake, by Sufjan Stevens, arr. Oliver Manchon
Osso String Quartet

Epitaph, by King Crimson, arr. Ziporyn
Maya Beiser, cello

Symphony No. 1, Low Symphony, mvt. I, by Philip Glass
Brooklyn Philharmonic; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

Mutilation Rag, by Beck, arr. Kahane

Pocket Calculator, by Kraftwerk
Balanescu String Quartet

Flugufrelsarinn, by Sigur Rós, arr. Prutsman
Kronos Quartet

The Queen Symphony, mvt. III (Who Wants to Live Forever, Save Me), by Queen/Tolga Kashif
Royal Philharmonic; Tolga Kashif, conductor

Logon Rock Witch, by Aphex Twin
Aphex Twin

Logon Rock Witch, by Aphex Twin, arr. Jonathan Newman
Alarm Will Sound