On July 27, Alarm Will Sound will give the world premiere performance of Three Nocturnes by composer Robert Sirota as part of the Mizzou International Composers Festival at the Missouri Theatre. Three Nocturnes is inspired by three drawings by celebrated visual artist Simon Dinnerstein, whose work is featured in the exhibition The Lasting World: Simon Dinnerstein and the Fulbright Triptych at the University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology from July 25 through December 22, 2017. The three drawings that inspired Three Nocturnes will be projected during the performance and are also included in Dinnerstein’s exhibition at MU, which will subsequently travel to the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY and the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, NV.
Three Nocturnes draws its inspiration from three of Dinnerstein’s most dreamlike and evocative drawings: Night, Night Scene I, and Purple Haze. Sirota’s work narrates Dinnerstein’s images in “classical” allegro-adagio-allegro form, while also utilizing unusual instrumentation including a 37-key toy piano, three slide whistles, and trash cans. Both Sirota and Dinnerstein’s art blurs the line between dream and reality – exploring night, dreams, and the mystery in each.
Three Nocturnes was commissioned by Alarm Will Sound, which is the resident ensemble at the Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF). Held each July at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MICF features eight world premieres by emerging composers. During the weeklong festival, these composers work closely with Alarm Will Sound and two established guest composers to perform and record their new work.
Alarm Will Sound’s July 27 performance at MICF also includes Georg Friedrich Haas’ REMIX, Don Freund’s Hard Cells, the world premiere of Caleb Burhans’ Escape Wisconsin (Alarm Remix), and the world premiere of Dan Visconti’s Psychedelia.
For more information and tickets, visit www.music.missouri.edu/mnmi/international-composers-festival