September 7, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


• Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts


Present Music opens its 38th season and first season with new Co-Artistic Directors, David Bloom and Eric Segnitz with RE:RE:REWRITE – a concert that explores inspiration and the creative process.

Featuring music by Steve Reich, indie-rock band Radiohead, Nico Muhly, Rhiannon Giddens, and more on instruments ranging from pianos and strings, to car horns and a drumline!

Following the concert, stick around for a chance to talk with new Co-Artistic Directors, David Bloom and Eric Segnitz.


Tickets may still be purchased at the Box Office in the Zelazo Center Lobby tonight starting at 6:30pm!

Single Tickets: are $55 (Preferred) and $25 (General Admission)
Special Industry/Artist/Musician Tickets just $10!
Please call the Box Office to place your order!

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Concert Program:
  • Steve Reich – Radio Rewrite
  • Gyorgy Ligeti – Car Horn Prelude
  • Gabriella Smith – Brandenberg Interstices
  • Nico Muhly – Drones for violin and piano
  • Christopher Cerrone – South Catalina
  • Arvo Part – Hymn to a Great City
  • Caleb Burhans – Escape Wisconsin
  • Rhiannon Giddens – At the Purchaser’s Option
  • With a special arrangement of Radiohead – Everything in it’s “REICH” Place!


Concert Runtime: approximately 90 minutes with intermission

Composer Spotlight:

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Caleb Burhans

Caleb Burhans (b. 1980) is a multifaceted presence in the New York music scene who is active as both a performer (strings, voice) and composer. Originally from Wisconsin, Caleb attended the Eastman School of Music where he holds degrees in composition and viola performance. Caleb has been commissioned by Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress and the Kronos Quartet, to name a few.

Caleb’s works have been performed by ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, Roomful of Teeth, eighth blackbird, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Caleb is a founding member of Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal and the Wordless Music Orchestra. He is also a member of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Newspeak and the disco band Escort.

Caleb has worked with artists ranging from Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, The National, Arcade Fire, and Blonde Redhead to Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Steve Reich, La Monte Young, Meredith Monk, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, John Zorn, George Crumb and Caroline Shaw.

As a conductor, Caleb has worked with the London Sinfonietta and the Wordless Music Orchestra and has done choral preparation for John Adams, Brad Lubman and David Robertson.

About his work “Escape Wisconsin”, Caleb Burhans writes,

Escape Wisconsin is a funny piece regarding the way it came into existence. I began writing the original material in 2000 for two vibraphones and six years later I finished it as a solo alto saxophone piece. In 2006 the Albany Symphony commissioned twenty-some composers to write 3 to 4 minute works for solo instruments of the orchestra to be inspired and go along with various pieces of art in the Capitol Heritage Series at the New York State Museum/Rockefeller collection in Albany, NY. I chose alto saxophone and a piece by Conrad Marca-Relli entitled “Black Rock”.  I considered naming my piece after the painting but ultimately found myself referring to it as it’s original working title ‘Escape Wisconsin’.  I grew up in Wisconsin where the tourism slogan is ‘Escape to Wisconsin’.  This is my play on that slogan.”


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