Present Music celebrates its ‘Finale,’ plans Season 35

It’s been a good year for Present Music, and the company has lots of reasons to celebrate. So they’re going to do just that, inviting you and a wide range of guests to their Finale concert, June 3 at Turner Hall Ballroom.

“We’ve got a great lineup for the evening,” said Present Music artistic director Kevin Stalheim in a recent phone interview. “The event features a lot of young, up and coming musicians, which we are really excited about.”

Stalheim says the concert’s most notable guest is conductor David Bloom. Based in New York, Bloom is a rising young star in the world of conducting. The founding co-artistic director of 21-member new music ensemble Contemporaneous, Bloom has already conducted over 120 premieres in major North American venues.

Bloom is not the only “young blood” that will be featured at this event. Several other “young” colleagues performing new and recent pieces will join Bloom. “A lot of this concert came from David’s feedback and suggestions,” explains Stalheim. “Many of these pieces have never been heard in this area before so it’s exciting that audiences will get to hear them for the first time at our season finale party!”

Those pieces will include work by composers Andrew Norman, Missy Mizzoli (recently heard by attendees of her opera Songs from the Uproar, produced by Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Wild Space Dance Company) Matthew Evans, David Lang, and Jeremy Podgursky. Milwaukee-based psychedelic surf rock band Painted Caves will present post-concert entertainment.

Even as he prepares to close out the company’s 34th season, Stalheim is looking ahead to their 35th. “We have a big year planned,” explains Stalheim. “Every five years, we try to do something bigger than before. This year is going to be no exception.”

Stalheim’s goals for the 35th season include branching out into the Milwaukee community more often, with collaborations planned with the Milwaukee Art Museum and Milwaukee Public Museum. Perennial PM favorite shows, including the Thanksgiving concert, will still be in the mix as well.

And the 35th season premiere will focus on the company’s musicians, he says, with a program that revisits some of the favorite pieces from the past along with a new premiere.

But before all that, Present Music must first say farewell to their 34th season, with a Finale to remember.

Present Music’s Finale concert is at 7:30 p.m. on June 3 at Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee. Tickets are $15, $25 and $35. Visit to order.