Present Music to Close 40th Season with World Premiere of Carla Kihlstedt’s ’26 Little Deaths’

By Logan Martell

On June 23, contemporary music ensemble Present Music will conclude its 40th anniversary season with the world premiere of Carla Kihlstedt’s “26 Little Deaths.”

The song cycle is inspired by Edward Gorey’s darkly Victorian alphabet book “The Gashlycrumb Tinies.” Published in 1963, the book depicts the demise of 26 children in a morbid satire of early children’s books.

Currently led by Eric Segnitz and David Bloom, Present Music is a six-time winner of ASCAP/Chamer Music America’s “Adventurous Programming” award. The ensemble has worked with composers such as John Adams, Henry Brant, David Lang, Caroline Shaw, Ingram Marshall, Missy Mazzoli, and more.

“26 Little Deaths” will take the stage on June 23 and 24 at Milwaukee’s Jan Serr Studio. Tickets are available for the live performance at $25, with tickets for the live-stream available at $15.