Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen present… is a curatorial team dedicated to creating memorable audience experiences through multiform collaborative practices and vivaciousness. The voice/saxophone programs produced through their partnership have been lauded as “a fresh look at what it means to be artists in the 21st century.” Both members bring a wide array of skill sets to their duo — Ihnen is a mezzo-soprano force of nature (equally comfortable singing Brahms, musical theater, or George Crumb) with knowledge about placemaking, arts administration, and marketing while Theisen is an active composer of concert music and jazz in addition to his careers as performer and music theorist.
Their first show, This World of Yes, has been performed across the United States including appearances in Kansas City, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Detroit, and Baltimore. Interweaving compositions by Jessica Rudman, Michael E. Young, Nick Zoulek, Anna Brake, John Cage, and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, this debut program is a rhapsodic and often tender exploration of pathways, choices, and duality. The fusion of stylistically varied contemporary music and audience participation contained within This World of Yes has made it a hit with concertgoers.
The 2018-2019 concert season of Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen present... included performances in Boston, Las Vegas, Green Bay, Baton Rouge, Knoxville, and more.
Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen present… is debuting and performing their second touring production, Black Meridian, during the 2019-2020 season. A theatrical recital of new music for voice, saxophone, and electronics, Black Meridian takes as its central theme the distortion of space and time around the presence of black holes; a metaphor is drawn between this astonishing cosmic phenomenon and the inevitable tragedy of relationships marred by miscommunication and disastrous personal choices.
“[Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen present...] deserves a standing ovation for their ability to connect with their audience and educate the public about the possibilities and diversity of what is new concert music today.”
— Anne Goldberg-Baldwin, I Care If You Listen
a curatorial team dedicated to creating memorable audience experiences through multiform collaborative practices and vivaciousness