Early Music Now was named an Affiliate Member of UPAF (The United Performing Arts Fund) in the fall of 2013. We are grateful for this acknowledgement of the unique role that EMN plays in the cultural life of Milwaukee.
Early Music Now is dedicated to the creation of lively connections with the past through historically informed presentations of music composed before 1800.
Early Music Now believes in the ability of early music to enhance life and bring joy.
Early Music Now (EMN) is widely regarded as one of the most creative and successful presenters of early music in the United States. Many of the world’s preeminent early music artists and ensembles view an invitation to perform on Early Music Now’s concert season as a significant badge of honor. Early Music America, the national service organization for ensembles and presenter throughout North America has called Early Music Now a “major presenter” and one of the most “prestigious concert series” in the U.S. In short, EMN focuses considerable positive national and international attention on Milwaukee as a sophisticated cultural center.
EMN is the only concert series presenter in Wisconsin that focuses exclusively on historically informed performances of Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque Music. EMN continues its unique contribution to the cultural diversity of the region with concerts of the highest caliber plus collaborations with educational institutions, arts organizations, and regional presenters. The charm, variety, and consistent excellence of its concerts and outreach programs add a colorful, inviting, culturally informative, and affordable alternative to Milwaukee’s mainstream cultural offerings. For many audience members and students, young and old, EMN makes southeast Wisconsin a truly special place to live.
Civic and Financial Significance
EMN was founded in 1986 by Thallis Hoyt Drake and 30 community members who presented two concerts at the Milwaukee Public Library. Since its founding, EMN has presented performances for over 70,000 Milwaukee area residents; 150 major concerts have reached over 48,000 people and a wide range of outreach and educational presentations that have benefited another 22,000 adults and students.
EMN has contributed over $3.2M to our local and regional economy while maintaining a near–perfect record of positive operating results, positioning the organization as one of Milwaukee’s most financially stable arts organizations.
“Though it does not have one of the city’s largest budgets, the Early Music Now series presents some of Milwaukee most memorable concerts.” Rick Walters, music critic for the Shepherd Express
“Early Music Now is becoming something of a hot ticket for a lot of good reasons.” Tom Strini, music critic for Third Coast Digest
“Early Music Now continues its remarkable run of exquisite performances played to full houses.” Express Milwaukee
“The whole experience was very refreshing and inspiring...when we performed we simply tried to live up to the fantastic welcome that you had in store for us. Thanks for everything!” Matthias Maute, Ensemble Caprice
Executive & Artistic Director Charles Q. Sullivan began his work at the helm of Early Music Now, the highly successful Milwaukee presenter of Medieval, Renaissance and early-Baroque programming, on September 1, 2001. His background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in music performance, teaching in public and private institutions from kindergarten through the graduate level, and extensive experience in the business world. His professional positions have included work in Minnesota, Ohio, and Massachusetts. From 1972 through 1982 and again in 1988, he formed and directed a semi-professional choral/instrumental ensemble that performed over 120 varied choral and orchestral concerts, solo and chamber recitals in the Milwaukee area and in neighboring states.
He served as Executive Producer & Director of Liturgical Drama at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee from 1985 through 1992, producing fully staged performances of The Play of Daniel and Nicholas Plays to large audiences and critical acclaim. Since joining Early Music Now as general manager in September 2001, he has led the organization to expanded programming and educational outreach, and to a prominent role in promoting early music activities throughout the region. He recently completed a three-year term on the board of Early Music America, a national organization that serves as an advocate for the field of early music throughout North America.
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