Present Music
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Big and Bold. Present Music Presents… Mozart?!

Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts

By - Aug 4th, 2015 10:13 am

(August 4, 2015 – Milwaukee, Wis.) The minimalist. The experimentalist. The master. Present Music proudly brings the music of three composers from the past and present together in a big way for their 34th season opener, Mozart?!, on Saturday, September 5th, 7:30pm, at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. Powerful percussion, passionate plural pianists, elegant woodwinds and majestic brass combine for one of our largest ensembles to date.

Join us as we connect the lines between our classical and contemporary roots. From the sumptuous warmth and vitality of Mozart’s Gran Partita and Luciano Berio’s scintillating homage to the multitextural works of JS Bach in Sequenza VIII, to John Adams energetic Hallelujah Junction and his powerful Grand Pianola Music, this event will enrapture your senses in grand fashion! (Programs subject to change.)


Mingle with friends and artistic director Kevin Stalheim at the Zelazo Center after the performance over light refreshments while enjoying the sounds of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony jazz trio.


Gran Partita by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sequenza #8 by Luciano Berio

Hallelujah Junction by John Adams

Grand Pianola Music by John Adams


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 Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee WI 53211.

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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