Highlights from Present Music's 2011-12 Season

From Milwaukee’s Present Music:

Present Music is excited to celebrate 30 years of commissioning and performing new music in Milwaukee. Since 1982, Present Music (PM) has worked closely with many of the world’s most exciting and significant composers while supporting the talents of emerging voices. The 2011-12 Season will continue PM’s dedication to new music by engaging Milwaukee audiences in imaginative and provocative experiences through six concert events.

Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 7pm, Marcus Center’s Uihlein Hall – FREE
Focus your imagination on one of the most important resources in our region, Water, and be present at this one-of-a-kind concert experience. Present Music will create a Water concert that will pull together Milwaukee’s artistic, scientific, technological, business and ecological partners in an event that will inspire our community to celebrate and promote Milwaukee’s world-leading water resources. Present Music will perform new music inspired by water and will premiere a new water themed piece by composer, Kamran Ince. Collaboration partners include Danceworks Performance Company, Milwaukee Choral Artists, Vocal Arts Academy of Milwaukee and UW Milwaukee’s Visual Art Department. This concert is sponsored by Badger Meter, MillerCoors, A.O. Smith and supported by Milwaukee Riverkeeper. Ince will be present at this concert event.

Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 4pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Present Music will revive Henry Brant’s Wind, Water, Clouds & Fire. Present Music commissioned and premiered this piece in 2004. This piece features over 100 musicians and singers from Present Music, Milwaukee Choral Artists, PIUS XI High School Choir, Arrowhead High School Choir and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra violinists. Each chorus is assigned text from one of Leonardo Di Vinci’s philosophic-scientific reflections: Wind, Water, Clouds & Fire. The performers will be widely situated throughout the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in a performance that evokes the scale and immensity of the natural world. The Opening Song, Friendship Dance and Closing Song will be performed by the Bucks Native American Singing & Drumming Group.

Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 7:30pm at Turner Hall Ballroom

The concert will consist of music from the late 20th Century to the present. In the months prior to the concert, the community will be given the choice of several repertoire options featuring favorites from Present Music’s 30 year history. The community will vote for the program they would like to see performed and be invited to build the rest of the concert with Artistic Director, Kevin Stalheim. Community members will be encouraged to compose music for an audience participation project that will be performed by Present Music. This concert event will also celebrate the Shepherd Express’s 30th birthday with a post-concert party featuring a local musical act.

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Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7:30pm at Turner Hall Ballroom

This concert will feature young composers and artists that most of the world is just finding out about. The concert will spotlight 30 of the best and most exciting young artists, comprised of musicians, choreographers, dancers, visual artists and others from Milwaukee and beyond. By cross-fertilizing creative talents, this concert will engage Milwaukee’s emerging artists in the process of discovering new music.

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