It's tough to create and maintain an image that's equal parts dignified and kooky--believe you me, I know--but every year Milwaukee's own Present Music makes it look easy-peasy. From cutting-edge experimental to modern classical, PM introduces and presents the musical work of local, national and international artists that would otherwise remain outside our conscious awareness--ooh, deep!
This September marks the beginning of PM's 29th season of crankin' out fantabulous performances, the first of which is sure to be an oddly beautiful mix of music and all human-known cosmic time zones--a.k.a. the past, present and future.
On September 18 at Turner Hall Ballroom, the PM ensemble will play "Sea Tropes" by Ingram Marshall, a tricky composition that combines a processed recording and live instruments. Timing is everything to this piece, so the audience should be prepared to gasp in admiration frequently. BYOPB--Bring Your Own Paper Bag--to avoid the woozies.
Next up is keyboardist/pianist Phillip Bush's farewell, as he plays the five-movement, 22-minute György Ligeti "Piano Concerto". After 15 seasons with PM, this final concert for Bush should be quite moving to all who have worked with him and the power of that feeling will no doubt find its way into his performance, so don't miss the rare opportunity to experience that, kids.
Bravely pulling themselves together, the group will then take up the mighty challenge of performing Gabriel Prokofiev's "String Quartet No. 1 and 2." Prokofiev is the grandson of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev--yeah, no pressure there, right? But he's made a big name for himself in the realm of Alt-Classical--yep, you heard me--as the founder of the Nonclassical independent record label and by marrying the sound created by DJ apparatus--i.e. turntables, effects, etc.--with traditional music-making gadgets--i.e. pianos, violins, et al.
Prokofiev will be coming straight from London to be dazzled by PM's performance and to present "Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra" at the end of the concert. Check out this video to get a vibe for some of the sublime madness:
Okay, so Turner Hall Ballroom's the place to be on Saturday, September 18, at 8PM. Single tickets are $30 and $20. If you're a student, tickets are half price--Whoot! Buy yours online or call 414-271-0711.
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