Event Details

Sunday, August 9th, 2020
|  6:30pm - 7:30pm

Alarm Will Sound performs "Ten Thousand Birds" by John Luther Adams

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Music in the Woods
is a series of FREE, eclectic and intimate Sunday performances set outdoors in Artpark’s scenic Lower Park Emerald Grove area (unless noted otherwise), overlooking the Niagara River. These social distanced concerts present a slate of both major national and local talent in concerts ranging from jazz to baroque and new music.

Inspired by birdsong, composer John Luther Adams connects nature and music in subtle yet profound ways. The performance, directed by Alan Pierson, transforms Artpark's open-air setting: as the birdsongs become music, the entire surroundings become a performance space, blurring the lines between human creativity and natural phenomena.

Described by The New York Times as "...one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene," Alarm Will Sound (AWS) will present John Luther Adams' Western New York premiere of "Ten Thousand Birds" written especially for AWS. The piece is based on the songs of birds that are native to, or migrate through the area in which the piece is performed. It explores the connections between nature and music, a topic that Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winner John Luther Adams has pursued over the course of his remarkable career and is a common theme in Artpark's programming.

"We've designed this performance so that the musicians and audience can move around each other, always at a safe distance, listening from changing perspectives while surrounded by the music." -- Alan Pierson, Artistic Director, AWS

"One of my greatest hopes for my music is that it may be of use. So I'm thrilled that Alan and the musicians of Alarm Will Sound have found such a creative use for "Ten Thousand Birds." At this difficult moment, it's more important than ever for us to remember our connections with the larger-than-human world, and to celebrate the never-ending music of the miraculous planet that is our one and only home." -- John Luther Adams

Location: Artpark Mainstage Theater Terrace
This event has reached capacity. No additional RSVPs will be taken at this time.


Adjacent to the performance area ArtBar will be offering snacks, beer, wine and other beverages.

Artpark offers exclusive catered dinners for 10-20. Inquire with Anjuli Vecchies: [email protected] at least 5 business days in advance.






This engagement of Alarm Will Sound is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Music in the Woods is supported by:



Thomas B. Burrows