Present Music Thanksgiving concert
featuring Arrowhead High School - The Broadway Company, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Pius XI High School Choir, Voces Punica from Carthage College, and Caroline Shaw
Sunday, November 24
Doors open at 3:45pm
Pre-concert talk with Caroline Shaw at 4pm (Atrium)
Concert at 5pm

Tickets are selling fast!
Tickets $35, $25 and $15 and half price for students. Tickets may not be available at the door. Buy online until Sunday at noon or call (414) 271-0711 until Friday at 5pm.

Journal Sentinel Preview

Kevin Stalheim is hearing voices, and they're telling him to program a Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of music.


Stalheim, artistic director of Present Music, has added a vocal arm to the group's instrumental performing capabilities by way of an eight-voice choir, inspired in part by the desire to perform part of Caroline Shaw's "Partita for 8 Voices" on the upcoming Thanksgiving concert Nov. 24 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.




Pius XI High School Concert Choir
The Pius High School Choral Music Department has a tradition of excellence that is rich in its history and achievements. Musical ensembles have received many prestigious awards and recognitions on a national and international level. The Pius Performing Arts Program has been recognized by the National Catholic Educator's Association for its visionary leadership in education, and the Pius XI Vocal Music program has been heralded by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts as one of the top programs in the country. In addition, Pius XI students have received individual awards and recognitions in several areas including: the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the WSMA Honors Project, the National Association for Music Education all national Honor Choir, Next Direction, the Regional Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS), and the Florentine Opera High School Master Class Program.  






About Roomfull of Teeth
Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth is a vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from non-classical traditions the world over, the eight voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an on-going commissioning project, invites today's brightest composers to create a repertoire without borders.

"Their singing is fiercely beautiful and bravely, utterly exposed. There's no electronic wash to hide imperfections, no other instruments add layers of sound. It's just these eight voices gleefully filling up a huge amount of space, and drawing upon a whole world's worth of non-traditional techniques." - NPR

In April 2013, ensemble member Caroline Shaw received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for Partita,  the four movements of which appear on their debut album.   An iTunes exclusive EP of Partita  was subsequently released and ranked no. 1 on iTunes Classical charts.   

Ecstatic Music Festival - Roomful of Teeth and tUnE-yArDs
Ecstatic Music Festival - Roomful of Teeth and tUnE-yArDs




Mark Stewart
Raised in America's Dairy Land of Wisconsin, Multiinstrumentalist, singer, composer and instrument designer Mark Stewart has been heard around the world performing old and new music. Going to conservatory to study both guitar and cello, he came to NYC to work as a performer on both instruments; however upon completing school he was most drawn to the electric guitar. Today Mark plays regularly with a wide range of musicians: since 1998 he has recorded, toured and been Musical Director with Paul Simon. A founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Mark is also a member of Steve Reich & Musicians and the comic duo Polygraph Lounge with keyboard & theremin wizard Rob Schwimmer and has performed with
Anthony Braxton, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Bobby McFerrin, Paul McCartney, the Everly Brothers, David Byrne, & James Taylor.

Mark has collaborated extensively with composer Elliot Goldenthal on music for the feature films The Tempest, Across the Universe, Titus, The Butcher Boy, The Good Thief, In Dreams, and Heat, often playing instruments of his own design and construction. He is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music & his New York Lower East Side "lab" is home to an instrument workshop and sonic salon where traditional and new instruments cohabitate. He
lives in New York City making his living playing and writing popular music, semi-popular music and unpopular music.


TEDxBigApple - ETHEL - Mark Stewart's 'To Whom It May Concern, Thank You'
TEDxBigApple - ETHEL - Mark Stewart's 'To Whom It May Concern, Thank You'

To Whom It May Concern: Thank You
I am the son of a preacher man. But it was my Mother who provided the name (and the idea) for the hymn of thanks that concludes "On the Origin of Species," my quartet for strings & saxophones.

Raised in a Methodist household my Mom's faith evolved from Christianity to agnosticism during her adult life as an Episcopal priest's wife. Missing from the general practice of her 'new perspective' were the traditional religious rituals of expressing thankfulness. And as she lost faith in the "Christian message" she still found herself feeling thankful. "Who can I thank?" was a question that lingered.

And, how does one express one's thankfulness without the traditional vessel there to receive it? What can we all say together when we sit down for a meal? "To Whom it May Concern: Thank You"

Source: Mark Stewart



angela morgan thanksgiving
Bucks Native American Singing & Drumming Group credit - Angela Morgan
Thanksgiving Sharing 

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Be sure to get your vouchers in if you plan to use them for Thanksgiving. Tickets may not be available at the door.   




This concert is made possible by John Shannon and Jan Serr, United Performing Arts Fund, CAMPAC, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., and Wisconsin Arts Board. Thank you.



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