After 37 years, Present Music’s founder, artistic director, creative curator and sound-collage composer, Kevin Stalheim, will conduct his last concert, "StalheimTime."
The concert – named after his childhood home movies – takes place Saturday, June 1 at The Pabst Theater.
The works performed by the Present Music Ensemble honor the world-renowned composers Stalheim brought to Milwaukee. "StalheimTime" is also a collaboration with myriad Milwaukee performers including Bucks Native American Singing & Drumming Group, African American percussionist Jahmes Finlayson, Cantor Jerry Berkowitz from Anshe Poale Zedek Synagogue, gospel singer Laura Schneider, Danceworks, Brooke Thiele, Quasimondo Physical Theatre and the Hearing Voices Ensemble.
Present Music will also recognize the work of local artist Melissa Dorn, whose vivid graphic artwork will be on display before the concert.
"I feel very much a part of the Present Music community. This year I was able to contribute to the overall concert experience by sharing my artwork. It has now graced the cover of concert programs and I've been able to exhibit it at each of the concerts this year," says Dorn.
After the concert, the Pabst will host a post-concert farewell party for Stalheim with music by Robin Pluer, Mrs. Fun, Sigmund Snopek, members of Semi Twang and more.
Present Music violinist Eric Segnitz and David Bloom, a conductor from New York, have accepted the positions of co-artistic directors in Stalheim's place.
OnMilwaukee recently spent the afternoon with the righteous and fascinating Kevin Stalheim and learned more about his life and his plans for the future, which include something called "marathon canoeing." Go here to read more.
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