Present Music: Northern Lights | Southern Nights
Milwaukee Art Museum & Present Music Digital Stage
Join Present Music for two major world premieres in one evening! Midden Find by Dan Trueman, featuring star Irish fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (direct from Dublin!) playing the Norwegian Hardanger d’Amore; and Retro Pop, a new commission written and performed by multi-genre Brazilian composer, singer, and pianist Clarice Assad.
There will be a short set of duo music from a recent project entitled “The Fate of Bones” by Trueman and Ó Raghalllaigh.
And we explore facets of recent work from other Nordic countries:
from Norway: Kjell Habbestad’s “Quattro Stazioni“, based upon a traditional tune which inspired “wild dancing” to a Hardanger fiddle’s ‘troll-tuning’.
from Iceland: Johann Johannsson’s “Flight from the City“, a contemplative work with themes of change, mutability, death, rebirth, and the elusive nature of beauty.
from Sweden: Emilia Amper’s infectious “Spelpuma“, featuring a cameo by Present Music favorite Carla Kihlstedt as Nyckelharpa soloist!
This concert is performed in conjunction with MAM’s exhibition, Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890-1980. In-person PM ticket holders also receive access to the Milwaukee Art Museum galleries the day of the performance.
World Premiere by Clarice Assad commissioned for Present Music by the Laskin Family Foundation in honor of Arthur and Nancy Laskin.
Performance sponsored by Two Sisters.