January 4, 2020: Alone within the Herd at the Modern

  • January 4, 2020 – 2:00pm

Like the work of artist Robyn O’Neil, the music on the program of Sounds Modern’s next concert, Alone within the Herd, explores the solitary struggle of living and dying, the harsh beauty of the natural world, and the herd mentality that so often blinds us to it. At 2:00 pm on January 4, 2020, Sounds Modern will present dramatic and intense solo works by Chaya Czernowin, Toshio Hosokawa, local composer Andrew May, and others. The group will invite audience members to join them in the ultimate mob mentality music composition, Les Moutons de Panurge by Frederic Rzewski. Performers will include Elizabeth McNutt, flute; Andrew May and Mia Detwiler, violin; Shannon Wettstein, piano; Alexander Richards, saxophone; Mike Capone, viola; Kourtney Newton, cello; and Jeremiah Stones, bass trombone. Admission is free and open to the public (museum admission is separate).

Suddenly, I do not know how, it happened, I did not have time to think, Panurge, without another word, threw his sheep, crying and bleating, into the sea. All the other sheep, crying and bleating in the same intonation, started to throw themselves in the sea after it, all in a line. The herd was such that once one jumped, so jumped its companions. It was not possible to stop them, as you know, with sheep, it’s natural to always follow the first one, wherever it may go. — Francois Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel


Chaya Czernowin, The Last Leaf
Toshio Hosokawa, Threnody
Andrew May, Charnel House
Harold Meltzer, The Heaven of Animals
Frederic Rzewski, Les Moutons de Panurge