Women in the Chamber

Women in the Chamber

Third Coast Daily

Milwaukee Magazine, Culture Club

Arts Avenue

Tom Strini Writes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


January 11

Anodyne Coffee
224 W. Bruce St., Mke

Note: both concerts

  Concert generously sponsored by:
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Concert Description

Last Season, Present Music performed a series of In the Chamber concerts at interesting and intimate spaces leading to new experiences and unique memories.  We will replicate these can’t-miss concerts with Women in the Chamber. A series of three concerts held at venues new to us and perhaps you as well with one distinct difference – WOMEN!

We'll explore music by today's most exciting woman composers. Present Music has enjoyed performing and recording the work of Elena Kats-Chernin but will now welcome Kaija Saariaho, Zosha di Castri, Eve Beglarian, Liza White, Vivian Fung, Lisa Bielawa, Unsuk Chin and Judith Moy into the Present Music family of exciting, cutting-edge composers. January is cold, but these women are hottest contemporary composers around. Hear for yourself at Women in the Chamber.

Kaija Saariaho - Je sens un deuxième coeur
Zosha di Castri - Du haut de l'Orillon
Elena Kats-Chernin - Fast Blue Village
Eve Beglarian - I'm worried now, but I won't be worried long
Liza White - Freestyle
Dasha Kelly a spoken word piece inspired by Freestyle
Vivian Fung - Glimpses
Lisa Bielawa -
Trojan Women
Unsuk Chin - Toccata 
Judith Moy - String Quartet no. 1

Stay after the Anodyne concerts to hear Milwaukee natives Melissa Czarnik and Eric Mire perform a mix of funk, jazz, soul and hip-hop.
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Featured Composers

Kaija Saariaho
Born in 1952 in Finland, Kaija Saariaho lived a childhood embedded in music, playing several instruments. Characterizing her works, her sensual writing, which is descriptive and lyrical unfolds in subtle transformations. Her research of new timbres has stimulated her study of new techniques in the instrumental as well as the computer domain. This practice constitutes an important element of her compositions. The composer Kaija Saariaho on sexism in classical music




Zosha Di Castri
Zosha Di Castri is a Canadian composer and pianist living in New York. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in composition at Columbia University. Di Castri’s compositions have been performed in Canada, the US, Germany and France by such ensembles as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie, l’Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and JACK Quartet.



Elena Kats-Chernin
Born in 1957 in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Elena Kats-Chernin received training at the Gnesin Musical College before immigrating to Australia in 1975. Kats-Chernin is one of the most cosmopolitan composers working today, having reached millions of listeners worldwide through her prolific catalogue of works for theater, ballet, orchestra, and chamber ensemble. Her dramatically vivid music communicates a mixture of lightheartedness and heavy melancholy, combining strong rhythmic figures with elements of cabaret, tango, ragtime, and klezmer.



Eve Beglarian
Eve Beglarian is a humane, idealistic rebel and a musical sensualist. One of new music's truly free spirits and a remarkable experimentalist. She is a composer, performer, and audio producer whose music is an eclectic and wide-open series of enticements. Much of her recent music has been inspired by a four and a half month journey she took down the Mississippi River by kayak and bicycle in 2009.



Liza White
Liza White is a composer concerned with direct, focused, and socially relevant musical statements. Liza has studied at Boston University, the New England Conservatory of Music, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Royal College of Music in London.  Liza co-founded and co-directed Embryonic NOISE!, a Boston area concert series featuring works by emerging composers, and has also taught general music in the Boston Public Schools. 





Dasha Kelly
Dasha Kelly wields her words and wonder as tools for building inspiration and communities.  An accomplished writer, artist and entrepreneur, Dasha travels the country as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, youth coach and performance artist.  Dasha has delivered her signature programs and presentations to teens, co-eds, teachers, social workers, ballerinas, assembly line workers, motivational speakers, book clubs, inmates, church assemblies and writers for more than a decade.



Vivian Fung
JUNO Award-winning Canadian composer Vivian Fung has distinguished herself as a composer with a powerful compositional voice, whose music often merges Western forms with non-Western influences such as Balinese and Javanese gamelan and folk songs from minority regions of China. Fung’s music has been embraced as part of the core repertoire by many distinguished artists and ensembles around the world.  As a composer whose travels often inspire her music, Fung has also explored diverse cultures in North Vietnam, Spain, and Bali, Indonesia.



Lisa Bielawa
Composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a 2009 Rome Prize winner in Musical Composition. Born in San Francisco into a musical family, Bielawa played the violin and piano, sang, and wrote music from early childhood. She moved to New York two weeks after receiving her B.A. in Literature in 1990 from Yale University, and became an active participant in New York musical life. She began touring with the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1992, and in 1997 co-founded the MATA Festival, of which she served as Artistic Director until 2006, curating an annual music festival in New York that celebrates young composers from around the world. As a choral and small-ensemble vocalist, Bielawa has toured and recorded with the renowned early music group Pomerium, sung in the professional chorus of the New York Philharmonic and with Paul McCartney at Carnegie Hall.



Unsuk Chin
Unsuk Chin was born in 1961 in Seoul, South Korea, and has lived in Berlin since 1988. Her music is modern in language, but lyrical and non-doctrinaire in communicative power. She has been commissioned by leading performing organizations and her music has been performed in major festivals and concert series in Europe, the Far East, and North America by orchestras and ensembles such as the Berlin Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2006, Chin has overseen the contemporary music series of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, a series which she founded. Since 2011, she has served as Artistic Director of the ‘Music of Today’ series of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.


Judith Moy
Judith is a senior at the Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance, and she is a violinist in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Through MYSO, she participated in the Creation Project and studied with Adam Murphy to compose String Quartet No. 1. Previously, she has arranged music which has been performed by her high school orchestra. In the summer of 2012, she was accepted into a music technology institute at New York University where she learned techniques in sound design and engineering. She plans to study music composition in college.





Melissa Czarnik
Melissa Czarnik is a songwriter, poet and emcee that fuses elements of jazz, poetry and hip hop into an eclectic sound that has earned her recognition from NPR, Bitch Magazine, and Bust Magazine among others. A recent transplant to Brooklyn, she has already garnered the title of one of NYC's #1 Emerging Artists from the Deli Magazine NYC.