CMS ‘Music Today’ Dec. 12: Glass bottles, student-created music, and Alarm Will Sound

| December 10, 2014
Alarm Will Sound

The Community Music School of Webster University’s “Music Today!” program is led by nationally renowned contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound.

The Community Music School of Webster University’s newest program, Music Today!, will present their first concert on Friday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will feature CMS students performing alone and side-by-side members of Alarm Will Sound, in an intimate setting with the audience seated on stage.

Experience music that allows students to select their own notes, music created by the students themselves, notated music by living composers, and music with… bottles! Come see how students are involved in decisions regarding concert production and how much fun it is.

Repertoire will include an excerpt from Workers Union by Louis Andriessen, Drinking and Hooting Machine by John White. This piece features the full group performing on glass bottles, the “undulating quietude” of Jahrzheit composed for strings by Caleb Burhans, a jazz-influenced brass piece Gotham by Michael Davis, Trio per Uno for percussion by Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, plus original works not yet named.

“It’s inspirational to see them explore new sounds and ideas, and I think you’ll find it a remarkable addition to St. Louis’s wealth of arts,” said Gavin Chuck, managing director for Alarm Will Sound.

“Music Today!” introduces students to contemporary chamber music performance and the business-related skills of concert production.  Students are involved in all aspects of music-making: selecting repertoire, deciding on venue, designing marketing pieces, as well as rehearsing and performing the music.  They are guided by CMS faculty and members of Alarm Will Sound, a national leader among contemporary music ensembles.

Learn more about Music Today! at


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