Date(s) of Performance

10/4/2014 - 10/5/2014


Alarm Will Sound

Directed by

Artistic Director and Conductor Alan Pierson

Created by

Based on the voice and ideas of Daniel C. Dennett, Composer Scott Johnson


Erin Lesser, flute, piccolo Christa Robinson, oboe Alex Hamlin, clarinet, saxophone Elisabeth Stimpert, clarinets Gina Cuffari, bassoon Matt Marks, French horn Mike Gurfield, trumpet Michael Clayville, trombone John Orfe, piano, keyboard Chris Thompson, percussion Matt Smallcomb, percussion Ben Russell, violin Caleb Burhans, violin, electric guitar Nadia Sirota, viola Stefan Freund, cello Logan Coale, double bass, electric bass


What are the origins of religion and supernatural ideas in human consciousness and culture, and how do they evolve into our religious traditions? Groundbreaking composer Scott Johnson’s newest work, Mind Out of Matter, approaches this and other perennial questions of human existence with a lively, rock-infused musical sensibility. Inspired by the ideas of renowned philosopher Daniel C. Dennett, Johnson weaves Dennett’s recorded voice into a rich instrumental score performed by Alarm Will Sound, an adventurous 20-member band acclaimed by The New York Times as “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene.”


Theatre and Performance Studies



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Mind Out of Matter by Scott Johnson