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Fire Your Imagination. Enter Present Music’s Carnival

8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Broadway Theatre Center

By - Sep 22nd, 2015 03:39 pm


“Amid the stream of musically masked partygoers processing through Schumann’s Carnaval there’s one especially bizarre interruption: a movement just 11 notes long that most pianists leave silent in performance. Salvatore Sciarrino’s music, on the other hand, is filled with silent notes – or nearly silent, anyway – piano keys meant to be quietly depressed without letting the hammers strike the strings, virtuosity at the edge of perception. With a nod to the topsy-turvy irreverence of Carnaval, I’ll be mixing up the sound-worlds of these two composers in an evening that juxtaposes improvisation with fidelity to the score, masked revelry with enigmatic silence.” – pianist Cory Smythe

Costumes. Disguises. What will you bring to the table? Dress as your alter ego and play with colorful characters as we collaborate with Quasimondo Physical Theatre for an evening of masqueraded revelry.

Allow your senses to be ravished by the sumptuous performance of PM ensemble member and 2015 Grammy award winning pianist Cory Smythe performing the music of Robert Schumann and Sciarrino, along with his own original pieces and improvisations. Then join us afterwards for our festive afterparty, complete with fabulous food, drinks and entertainment. (Program subject to change. This concert is not intended for children under 10.) 

Carnaval by Robert Schumann
Notturno, No.s 3 and 4 by Salvatore Sciarrino
Due Notturni Crudeli, No. 1 by Salvatore Sciarrino
original pieces and improvisations by Cory Smythe

Enjoy a sumptuous feast alongside characters like Paganini, Arlequin and more from QuasiMondo Physical Theatre! Follow that with Grammy award-winning pianist Cory Smythe performing Schumann’s Carnaval. Masks and costumes highly encouraged!
Saturday, October 24th
Broadway Theatre Center
158 N Broadway
Milwaukee WI 53202
6:00pm in the 2nd floor bar
8:00pm Carnival concert in the Cabot Theatre
*$110 per person (includes BEST Carnival concert ticket)
*Only $75 for current Carnival ticketholders
*VIP Table for 6: $1000
Includes dinner, BEST seating for concert, recognition on event signage
Limited seating available. Kindly RSVP by October 15th. For VIP seating or current ticket holders, please contact Sarah Warran at or call (414) 271.0711 x 3

Single tickets ($15, $25 and $35, students always HALF off) are available at or at (414) 271-0711. Season subscriptions are still available and range from $85 – $245.

The Broadway Theatre Center is located at 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee WI.

Present Music is Milwaukee’s internationally acclaimed new music ensemble. Celebrating over 30 years of new music, Present Music commissions, performs, records, and tours the music of living composers. In the past quarter century, more than 55 new works, by composers from around the world, have come into existence because of Present Music. Founded by Kevin Stalheim, Present Music works closely with many of the world’s most exciting and significant composers while supporting the talents of emerging voices. It engages local communities with its composer-in-residence engagement project, ComposeMilwaukee, and nurtures the next generation of composers through its educational program, the Creation Project.

Present Music is a member of the United Performing Arts Fund, which provides major financial support. This 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. Additional support provided by CAMPAC and by the generosity of foundations, corporations and individuals. PM has won the ASCAP/Chamber Music America’s Adventurous Programming Award an unprecedented six times and can be heard on nine compact disk recordings on the Argo, Albany, Aoede, Northeastern, Naxos and Innova labels.

Present Music engages artists and audiences in imaginative and provocative experiences with new music through ensemble performance, education and commissioning. This concert is sponsored by UPAF, CAMPAC, and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Media support provided by 88Nine, WPR and WMSE.

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