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Friday, June 20, 2014

Multi-media Exploration of Home and Place

Present Music and Milwaukee Opera Theatre join with Reginald Baylor’s TypeFace Project

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Present Music joins forces with Milwaukee Opera Theatre in Home Place, a multi-media exploration promising to challenge our views of home and place. The event is cast in three segments beginning outside the Broadway Theatre Center in Catalano Square with new works by local students, artists, composers and seniors. The second segment moves inside the theater for performances of Shelter by David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman (video by Bill Morrison); Aheym by Bryce Dessner (video by Matthew Ritchie); and original music produced by Present Music Artistic Director Kevin Stalheim. The program also includes Passacaglia by Caroline Shaw, recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. An after-party in the Broadway Theatre Center Bar & Bistro will follow the event.

Home Place is done in conjunction with renowned Milwaukee artist Reginald Baylor’s Typeface Project, which consists of public-art installations that grew out of community conversations from the Harambee, Lindsay Heights, Burnham Park and Sherman/Washington Park Milwaukee neighborhoods. The new works included in the first segment of Home Place were inspired by the TypeFace Project.

“Home can be where the heart is,” says Stalheim, “but what happens if your home is destroyed, or if you are a traveler? The composers and artists for our event will express their visions of home and place through a multitude of local and universal perspectives.”

The performance takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre, 158 N. Broadway. For tickets, visit presentmusic.org .