Sounds Modern Presents "Alone within the Herd"

  • January 4, 2020 2:00 PM

Sounds Modern presents 
Alone within the Herd: music to celebrate the art of Robyn O'Neil

Free admission

Like the work of artist Robyn O’Neil, Sounds Modern's "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. The program features 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.

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