Present Music Opener on August 27

From Milwaukee’s Present Music:

Present Music, Milwaukee’s award-winning new music ensemble, invites all of Milwaukee to celebrate water at its 2011-12 season opener by presenting a FREE concert event called Water on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 7pm at the Marcus Center’s Uihlein Hall in Milwaukee, Wis. The free Water concert kicks off Present Music’s 30th season and will inspire the audience to hear and see water in music, art, and dance.

Present Music will perform new music inspired by water including a world premiere by Turkish-American composer Kamran Ince, commissioned by John Shannon and Jan Serr. While in Milwaukee, Ince will work with the musicians and singers on this premiere. Danceworks Performance Company, Milwaukee Choral Artists, Vocal Arts Academy of Milwaukee, Cream City Chorus, Milwaukee Mask & Puppet Theatre and Bel Canto Boy Choirs will join the ensemble to bring dance and voice to the evening while UW Milwaukee’s Department of Art and Design illuminates ideas of water through video, outdoor installations and water-themed artwork

Part One – Concert events begin, 7pm
Performances will take place behind the Marcus Center along the river starting at 7pm. The Cream City Chorus will perform water-themed songs while the Milwaukee Mask and Puppet Theatre operate jellyfish, shark, row boat, trout, and bubble puppets. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a pair of Ocean Kayaks from Johnson Outdoors in addition to many other prizes. At 7:30pm, the Present Music musicians and key water and Milwaukee figures will arrive by a fleet of boats including Irish currachs and the Milwaukee Fire Department boat among others. The musicians will lead the procession into Uihlein Hall to begin the main concert.

Part Two—Main concert
Present Music will perform the following works: Sea Tropes by Ingram Marshall; Fast Flows the River by Timothy Andres; Water by David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe; Compilation of Water Songs by Kevin Stalheim; World Premiere piece by Kamran Ince with additional performances by the collaborators and video presentations by the UWM Dept. of Art & Design students.