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Present Music’s season finale concert Home Place will explore themes of home, shelter and a sense of one’s cultural and physical place. As a part of this event, Present Music is working with nationally-recognized Milwaukee artist Reginald Baylor’s Typeface Project: four major public art installations based on community conversations from four of Milwaukee’s most culturally rich urban areas: Harambee, Lindsay Heights, Burnham Park and Sherman/Washington Park. The words from those community conversations are now public art displays in each neighborhood. PM will use the Typeface Project as inspiration to facilitate the creation of four new collaborative works with students, seniors, local composers and artists. Three of the works will be new music and the fourth will be an art project of miniature musical shelters made out of recycled materials. These works will be showcased in their respective communities and then woven together and presented as a part of Present Music’s Home Place concert alongside pieces by some of today’s leading new music composers including David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Caroline Shaw, and Bryce Dessner.
Over a series of multi-week sessions, Present Music composers-in-residence are working with:
- Burnham Park – PM violinist and composer Eric Segnitz is working with students from Carmen High School to compose and perform a geographical fugue inspired by locations in Burnham Park.
- Sherman/Washington Park – Composer Connie Grauer is working with Urban Ecology Center (Creation Project)- Washington Park students.
- Lindsay Heights – we joined forces with Neu-Life Community Development and students from Lindsay Heights to create musical shelters utilizing materials donated by the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, which will be displayed at the Broadway Theatre Center the day of the performance (June 21).
- Harambee – Composer Kurt Cowling is working with Clinton & Bernice Rose Senior Center’s gospel choir through the Interfaith Older Adult Programs to write an original gospel song.
This initiative represents a major community outreach-fueled expansion of Present Music’s long-standing Creation Project program, which has provided Milwaukee area students the opportunity to explore musical composition. This will also be the first time Present Music has worked with senior citizens to produce new music, with Clinton Rose Senior Center members bringing multi-generational perspectives to the conversation.
Members of many Milwaukee communities often move in separate cultural circles from each other. These projects and their culminating performance provide an opportunity for Milwaukeeans first to get involved in their own neighborhoods and then to interact with people from other neighborhoods, all to the theme of Home.
*Click here for a map of the neighborhoods.*
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