When people hear the words "orchestra" or "ensemble," the first thought that comes to mind is probably classical music; the works of Mozart, Bach, or Beethoven. Not everyone realizes that there are, in fact, modern-day composers, and that some very notable composers have come out of Present Music in Milwaukee's Third Ward.
Founded in 1982 by Kevin Stalheim, internationally acclaimed Present Music commissions, performs, records, and tours the music of living composers, and has been responsible for over 55 new works from composers around the world by working closely with the world's most exciting and significant composers, while supporting the creation of new ones through the Creation Project.
This year is PM's 35th Season, and they're opening with MADE FOR MILWAUKEE; a celebration of the music premiered by Present Music with works that made local and national history by Michael Torke, Kamran Ince, Jerome Kitzke, and Sean Friar. Guests will then be a part of another world premier: Ryan Carter's On a Better Filtering Algorithm.
There will be activities for the whole family prior to the concert, beginning at 6:30 p.m., including PM's 35 year history through pictures, music, and maps; musical experiments with the staff of Betty Brinn's Be A Maker Space, finding your inner DJ with composer Ryan Carter's interactive app, iMonkeypants, and outdoor dining with local food trucks. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Stick around after the concert to party with Milwaukee's own glam-rock superstars, TIGERNITE, and enter to win a certificate for a Blacksmith 101 Workshop from the Milwaukee Blacksmith.
Made For Milwaukee takes place at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, located at 2419 E. Kenwood Boulevard in Milwaukee. Learn more by visiting the Present Music website (http://presentmusic.org) or by visiting their facebook page. Subscribe to the 2016-17 season or purchase single tickets.