In the Chamber

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Thursday, February 25, 2016
7:30 pm
Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts
2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee WI 53211
Friday, February 26, 2016
11:00 am
Villa Terrace
2220 N. Terrace Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53202
Friday, February 26, 2016
7:30 pm
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
1584 N. Prospect Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53202
Saturday, February 27, 2016
5:30 pm dinner and cocktails
7:30pm concert











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Pre-Concert Dinner
Sala | 2611 E Hampshire St, Milwaukee, WI
$50, please call Sarah Warran (414.271.0711 x 3) for more information and to reserve your spot.

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Post-Concert Luncheon
Villa Terrace | 2220 N. Terrace Ave. Milwaukee, WI

$15 suggested donation

Concert Description
Join six composers who connected with Present Music as we present some of our favorites. Inspired by the spirituality of the architecture of ancient Turkey (Ince's Curve), "every possible technique for violin" (Christopher Cerrone, Violin Sonata), the dessert on a night-time freeway jaunt (Pierre Jalbert, "... an acknowledged chamber music master..." - the New Yorker, Trio) and musically magnetic forces (Caroline Mallonee, Unless Acted Upon), PM delivers up the musical offerings of past commissioned composers (Michael Torke, PM commission, 1995; Christopher Cerrone, PM commission, 2015; Kamran Ince, multiple PM commissions) and more, connecting the lines between classical chamber groups and contemporary music.

Sit on-stage with musicians at the Zelazo Center. Brunch with friends post concert at Villa Terrace. Marvel at the ornate recital hall at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and dine with Grammy award winning pianist Cory Smythe prior to an intimate house concert. Get up-close and intimate with Present Music, In the Chamber.
(Program subject to change. This concert is not intended for children under 10.)

"...a vigorous, tidy romp...with a bright kaleidoscopic jangle that was Torke's own." Washington Post


Yellow Pages by Michael Torke

Curve by Kamran Ince

Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano by Pierre Jalbert

Sonata for Violin and Piano by Christopher Cerrone

Unless Acted Upon by Caroline Mallonee

Selection from Perpetual by Ken Thomson

Michael Torke
The music of Michael Torke has been called "some of the most optimistic, joyful and thoroughly uplifting music to appear in recent years" (Gramophone). Hailed as a "vitally inventive composer" (Financial Times) and "a master orchestrator whose shimmering timbral palette makes him the Ravel of his generation" (New York Times), Michael Torke has created a substantial body of works in virtually every genre. Career highlights include: Color Music (1985–89), a series of orchestral pieces that each explore a single, specific color; Javelin, recorded both for Argo and for John William’s Summon the Heroes, the official 1996 Olympics album; Four Seasons, an oratorio commissioned by the Walt Disney Company to celebrate the millennium; Strawberry Fields, whose “Great Performances” broadcast was nominated for an Emmy Award; and two evening-length story ballets, The Contract, and An Italian Straw Hat, for James Kudelka and the National Ballet of Canada.
In 1998 Torke was Composer in Residence for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, for which he wrote and recorded Rapture, his percussion concerto, and An American Abroad, a tone poem.

In 2003 Torke founded Ecstatic Records and re-issued the Decca/Argo catalog of his works. Recent recordings include Blue Pacific, Tahiti, and Miami Grands. The opera, Pop-pea, was commissioned and produced by Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, in 2012. Concerto for Orchestra was commissioned and recorded by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in 2014. Upcoming projects include new cello and piano concertos, premiered and recorded by the Albany Symphony, and two new ballets for the Milwaukee Ballet.

Caroline Mallonee (b. 1975) is a composer and performer based in New York State. Mallonee's music has been programmed at venues in New York including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic, Tenri Cultural Center, Town Hall, Roulette and Tonic, as well as further afield at the Long Leaf Opera Festival (NC), Carlsbad Music Festival (CA), Bennington Chamber Music Conference (VT), Cambridge Music Festival (UK), Tokyo Opera City (Japan), Bowdoin Summer Music Festival (ME), on the New Music New Haven series (CT), the Corcoran Gallery (Washington, DC) and Jordan Hall (Boston, MA).
Mallonée has collaborated with ensembles including the Spektral Quartet, Firebird Ensemble, Present Music, the Wet Ink Ensemble, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Antares, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, ANA Trio, Ciompi Quartet, Orkest di Ereprijs, the Buffalo Chamber Players and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Her music has been played by soloists including pianists Eric Huebner, Stephen Gosling, and John McDonald, as well as Haruka Fujii (percussion), Natasha Farny (cello), Amy Glidden (violin), Feng Hew (cello), Janz Castelo (viola) and Kimberly Sparr (viola). The New York Philharmonic will include her music on its CONTACT! new music series in 2015-2016.

Kamran Ince
The music of Turkish/American composer Kamran Ince bridges Anatolia and Balkans to the West. The energy and rawness of Turkish and Balkan folk music, the spirituality of Byzantium and Ottoman court music, the tradition of European art music and the extravert and popular qualities of the American psyche are the base of his sound world. These ingredients happily breathe in cohesion, and they spin the linear and vertical contrasts so essential to his music forward.
Hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “that rare composer able to sound connected with modern music, and yet still seem exotic”, Ince was born in Montana in 1960 to American and Turkish parents. Ince's Judgment of Midas, an opera in two acts, commissioned by Crawford Greenewalt to mark the 50th anniversary of Sardis/Lydia excavations, had its concert version premiere in April 2013 in Milwaukee with Present Music and Milwaukee Opera Theatre with Ince conducting.

Pierre Jalbert
Jalbert is one of the most highly regarded American composers of his generation, earning widespread notice for his richly colored and superbly crafted scores. Focusing primarily on instrumental works, Jalbert has developed a musical language that is engaging, expressive, and deeply personal. Among his many honors are the Rome Prize, the BBC Masterprize, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Stoeger Award, given biennially "in recognition of significant contributions to the chamber music repertory," and a 2010 American Academy of Arts and Letters award.

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Jalbert grew up in northern Vermont; his family originally came from Quebec. He began piano lessons at the age of five, immersing himself in the classical repertoire. Growing up, he also heard French and English folk songs and Catholic liturgical music, gaining a deep respect for music that communicates powerfully with an economy of means.
Pierre Jalbert is Professor of Composition and Theory at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, where he has taught since 1996, and he serves as one of the artistic directors of Musiqa, a Houston-based contemporary chamber ensemble. His music is published by Schott Music.

 Christopher Cerrone
Hailed as “a rising star” byThe New Yorker and singled out as “the program’s highlight” by The New York Times, Christopher Cerrone is a Brooklyn-based composer of works ranging from chamber music, orchestral works, and fully staged operas to multimedia projects, ambient electronic works and collaborations with visual artists. His diverse catalog synthesizes modernist and minimalist influences, sound design, and evocative orchestration into a lyrical and expressive whole. Recent collaborations include performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, eighth blackbird, New York City Opera, Tulsa Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Ensemble ACJW.


ken thompson

Ken Thomson
Ken Thomson is a Brooklyn-based composer, clarinetist, and saxophonist.  In demand as a composer and freelancer in many settings, he moves quickly between genres and scenes, bringing a fiery intensity and emotional commitment to every musical situation.

He has recently released a CD of his compositions for the heralded JACK Quartet, entitled “Thaw,” on Cantaloupe Music, which was called #1 Classical CD of 2013 by, and featured in NPR’s “10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing.”  His latest project as a composer-performer, called Slow/Fast, was created to meld jazz and contemporary music with a personal bent. The group released its second CD, "Settle," internationally on NCM East Records in 2014, praised by The New York Times for its “intricate long-form compositions,” and garnering a five-star review in All About Jazz. The Chicago Reader wrote of it, “Thomson's pieces breathe and emanate an infectious energy, with every wend and wind hurtling the music forward rather than showing off the band's chops.”

He also plays clarinet for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, one of the world’s preeminent new music ensembles.  He is the musical director for the Asphalt Orchestra - a 12-piece next-generation avant-garde marching band, called “cooly brilliant, infectious... top notch players” by The New York Times.  He plays saxophone and is one of the 3 composers in the punk/jazz band Gutbucket, with whom he has toured internationally to nineteen countries and 32 states over fourteen years, and released CDs for Knitting Factory, Enja, NRW, Cantaloupe and Cuneiform Records.  He is on faculty at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival.


Thursday's concert supported in part by UW-Milwaukee.

Media support provided by 88Nine, WPR and WMSE.