Annual Meeting w/Season Preview Listening Session & Gallery Night

July 29, 2019

Enjoy a summer evening with the Present Music Board of Directors at their 2019-20 Annual Meeting - an exclusive Present Music Listening Session & Gallery Night held at the newly opened Scout Gallery on Historic Mitchell St in Milwaukee. Visit our Concert Events page for more details!

Present Music's 2019-20 Season

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re:re:rewrite

September 7, 2019

Co-Artistic Director Eric Segnitz is opening the season with different new music takes on the theme of rewrite. Hear works from familiar experimental pioneers such as Steve Reich and Gyorgy Ligeti to today’s American composers such as Gabriella Smith, Nico Muhly and Chris Cerrone.

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thanksgiving 2019

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Co-Artistic Director David Bloom continues Present Music’s annual Thanksgiving concert with a musical meditation centered on contemplating the dreams we collectively share. Traditions continue the massive community friendship dance led by The Bucks Native American Singing & Drumming Group, and other longtime thanksgiving traditions!

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Annual Meeting w/Season Preview

July 29, 2019

Enjoy a summer evening with the Present Music Board of Directors at their 2019-20 Annual Meeting - an exclusive Present Music Listening Session & Gallery Night held at the newly opened Scout Gallery on Historic Mitchell St in Milwaukee.

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the avant-garden of love

Thursday, February 13 – Friday, February 14, 2020

Eric Segnitz presents an edgy, love-inspired chamber concert, featuring works by Swedish singer/composer/visual artist Sophie Duner, and post-modern love songs by Americans Corey Dargel, Carla Kihlstedt, Louis (Moondog) Hardin and John Zorn. The avant-garden of love includes a premiere showing of the American 1927 avant-garde silent film, The Love of Zero, with original live score composed by Eric Segnitz.

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spaghetti western

Friday May 22, 2020

David Bloom brings the season to a close with the spaghetti western program that captures the spirit of the 1960's Italian films about the American Old West. In a crosscurrent, a work of American composer Yotam Haber inspired by the music of Roman Jews is juxtaposed with Italian composer Ennio Morricone's iconic sounds of the West. American composers Kyle Gann, Annie Gosfield, and Henry Threadgill share their musical visions of the Great Plains and the Dust Bowl as tumbleweeds roll down the aisles in this immersive season finale.

Major Sponsors and Media Partners

Present Music is a member of the United Performing Arts Fund, which provides major financial support.

The 2019-20 concert season is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support provided by the generosity of other private foundations, corporations and individuals.

The 2019-20 Creation Project student composer program is supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

The Experience!

Present Music has become a leader in contemporary “serious music,” racing many miles ahead of the musty… avant-garde by making thorny new music fun.

Dave Luhrssen

Shepherd Express

You don’t usually see robots and amplifiers at the symphony; nor are the composers usually present in the room to literally breathe life into their new orchestral arrangements.

Cara Slingerland

Marquette Tribune

America’s most important new-music ensemble might well be Milwaukee’s own Present Music.

Tom Strini

Third Coast Digest

“The burst of energy from the musicians sent chills up and down my spine (the good chills). When music actually gives your body an uncontrolled physical reaction like that, you know you have witnessed something special. It was a great experience.”

Jesse V.

Describes his 1st Concert

“Music never spoke to me before last night’s concert and it was amazing! I’m overjoyed about the next concert and learning more about music.”

Tya, Student Composer

Bradley Tech High School

Compose Milwaukee

Creatively connecting Milwaukee’s communities in INNOVATIVE and IMAGINATIVE ways.

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