Present Music’s Thanksgiving Concert Introduces New Traditions

OCTOBER 3, 2019 (MILWAUKEE, WI) – Milwaukee’s holiday season truly begins with Thanksgiving. Present Music’s new Co-Artistic Directors, David Bloom and Eric Segnitz , will continue longtime traditions and introduce new ones into this year’s annual THANKSGIVING concert at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist on November 17th at 5:00pm.

The program features music by seven women composers whose works resonate to the themes of Thanksgiving. Bloom says of the program, “What I love most about the Thanksgiving concert is that it celebrates community, friendship, family, and togetherness — the simple joys that we can so easily
forget to honor. It says a lot about Milwaukee and that this is Present Music’s biggest event of the year.”

In this program, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw sets compelling poetry by Claudia Rankine to glorious music, Eve Beglarian quotes tunes written by her own father in a rumination on the joys of parenthood, Shelley Washington features special guest soloists from musical traditions around the world, and teenage Milwaukee composer Lauren Barta ’s work draws inspiration from learning to compose in Present Music’s Creation Project. Music by Pauline Oliveros , Reena Esmail , and Cass Elliot (of The Mammas and the Papas) rounds out the program.

Guest performers to joining the Present Music Ensemble will include the Bucks Native American Singing and Drumming Group , PM’s vocal ensemble Hearing Voices , Reagan High School’s Chamber Choir, the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee’s Guitar Studio , and members of the Milwaukee
Mandolin Orchestra and the Ukuladies.

Pre-Concert Talk with Co-Artistic Directors and Guests | Sunday, November 17 at 4pm

Join us in the Atrium at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist one hour prior to the concert for a Q&A with Present Music’s new Co-Artistic Directors and special guests.

Hunger Task Force Food Drive | Donate your low-sugar breakfast cereal food items at the concert and receive a special discount coupon for another Present Music concert!

General Admission Tickets are available for $25, and a very limited number of $55 VIP Tickets (seating at the front of the cathedral) still remain. Student tickets are $10 with a valid student ID. Tickets are available for purchase by phone and online as well as at the door the day of the concert. Online ticket sales end 24 hours prior to each concert. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit or call (414) 271.0711.

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