Three Weeks Away!

Day6-65Guess what!!  We’re now just under the three week mark until the 2013 fresh inc festival!  Everyone here at Team Fifth House could not be more excited to be heading to Kenosha to spend two glorious weeks working with our fabulous roster of participants this year.  In the past few weeks, 5HE staff has been working tirelessly to prepare for the festival.  I’m going to try to give you a sneak peeks into our preparation as we get closer and closer to June 9, 2013.

Some of the things we’ve been working on in the last weeks and months include:

  • booking a number of performance opportunities to make sure our instrumentalists and composers are heard by as many people as possible
  • drafting a contact sheet so all of our participating composers and instrumentalists know how to get a hold of each other and us
  • selecting and assigning repertoire to musicians, and then split the repertoire into rehearsal blocks (and make sure no one is double booked!)
  • creating a schedule of events for the festival, including working with our guest experts to schedule their workshops
  • collecting parts & scores from participating composers and for the standard rep works we’ll be rehearsing and playing
  • collecting emergency contact forms & travel forms from our participants
  • reserving buses to get us to and from our performances in Chicago, Evanston, and Milwaukee
  • sending out press releases to area media outlets to let them know about our performances
  • updating our outreach workshop scripts to allow for fresh inc participants to join us on an outreach visit
  • and a plethora of other things

And while there is still a lot to do, we can’t wait to be on campus at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and get our hands dirty with some killer music and awesome workshops!  If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out who is joining us for this year’s festival, and mark your calendars for when you can see them perform — you definitely won’t want to miss these opportunities!

Check back in a day or two to hear more about our preparation and planning for the 2013 fresh inc festival, as well as to learn about what will be keeping us busy during the festival!

Fifth House Ensemble and the 2013 fresh inc festival are excited to be welcoming the following composers, instrumentalists, and ensembles to this year’s festival!  Please mark your calendars for our fresh inc performances so that you don’t miss any chances to hear music written and performed by this outstanding roster of artists!

Nick Baskin
Jabez Samuel Co
Alexander Cooke
John Dorhauer
Matthew Entwistle
Justin Giarrusso
Tomas Gueglio
Matthew Kline
Seunghee Lee
Patrick O’Malley
Rene Orth
Danielle Rabinowitz
Grace Xu Schott*
Evan Williams
Kevin Wilt*

* 2012 Rapido! Composition Contest Midwest Region Semi-Finalists

Emlyn Johnson, flute
Allison Pickett, oboe
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone
Kelly Kasle, bassoon
Danielle Simandl, violin
Kate Kroko, viola
Marta Honer, viola
Rachael Eid-Ries, viola
Rita Andrade, viola
William Gage Ehmann, cello
Matthew Kline, bass
Andrew O’Connor, bass
Milo Fultz, bass
Deborah Hui, piano
Ryan Greene, piano
Megan Ihnen, mezzo-soprano
Jennifer Ellis, harp

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Jason Paige, clarinet
Andy Hall, saxophone
Timothy Steeves, violin
Jacobsen Woollen, cello
Jani Parsons, piano
Chris Sies, percussion


2012 fresh inc festival Closing Concert Recordings
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Sunday, June 17, 2012


Walter Piston – Divertimento for Nine Instruments – I. Allegro
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, two violins, viola, cello and double bass


Rafael Valle – Le Miroir Inverse
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and french horn


Viola Yip – I Hear That Voice
for bass clarinet, piano, cello, and alto saxophone


Eugene Astapov – Nibiru
for baritone saxophone and cello


Sydney Kjerstad – So Totally, Shamelessly Cheesy, You Guys
for soprano saxophone and cello


Chelsea Reisner – Aequorea
for flute, cello, and piano


Jesse Limbacher – Air
for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon


Jason Charney – Minitrio
for soprano saxophone, percussion, and piano


Dimitri Shostakovich – Quintet for Strings and Piano – III.Scherzo
for two violins, viola, cello, and piano


Justino Perez – I Just Lost To Myself at Hide and Seek
for piccolo trumpet in A, tenor saxophone, and bassoon


Max Pankau – Four Caricatures – I.Hammer Toss, II.What Else?, III.Delta Boy, IV.Ok Maceo
for trumpet, saxophones (soprano,alto,tenor), bassoon,and piano


Andrew Watts – All Roads Lead to…
for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano


Haley Shaw – Speakpiece
for alto flute, bass clarinet, and cello


Alex Temple – Party at the Last Resort
for flute, english horn, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano



2012 fresh inc festival Closing Concert Recordings
Ravinia, Bennett Gordon Hall
Saturday, June 16, 2012


Stacy Garrop – Silver Dagger
for violin, cello, and piano


Eugene Astapov – The Sound for an Empty Manuscript
for flute,oboe,clarinet,french horn,bassoon,violin,viola,cello, double bass,and piano


Jason Charney – Ocean Body
for violin, viola, cello, and bass


Max Pankau – Expanse Trio
for flute, french horn, and piano


Viola Yip – Inescapable Resonance
for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano


Justino Perez – Trio
for clarinet, violin, and piano


David Rakowski – When the Bow Breaks
for violin


Chelsea Reisner – Driving in the Air
for trumpet, tenor saxophone, and bassoon


Alex Temple – Thick Line
for three or more wind/brass instruments


Sydney Kjerstad – Carried Away
for flute, oboe, and piano


Jesse Limbacher – Dig
for clarinet, violin, cello, alto saxophone, percussion, and piano


Haley Shaw – Bluepiece
for baritone saxophone, percussion, and piano


Andrew Watts – Quatrains
for tenor saxophone, drum kit, and piano

Today we begin with a Skype session with artist manager James Egelhofer, formerly of IMG Artists and currently embarking on a  new adventure with his latest project, First Chair Promotion. He shares with us his perspective from the manager’s chair about how the world of artists and management is shifting, and highlights some examples of artists taking risks on out-of-the-box projects that wouldn’t fit the traditional management mold. Through a creative mix of project management and PR, James’s new venture brings these projects to light, crafting a strategy for funding and promotion that puts them on a path to success.

After lunch, a few of us head off to the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha, where we perform 5HE’s signature show, Music Can Tell a Story. We were delighted by so many smiling faces and raised hands as we guided the kids through a musical poetry reading, instrumental character drawing exercises, and a culminating choose-your-own-adventure storytelling activity in which they craft their own tale based on Brahms’s Hungarian Dance.

Just before dinner, we are joined by visiting composer Augusta Read Thomas, who shared her wisdom, recordings, and scores with us. And, she arrived just in time for Uncle Davy’s birthday! Millie was completely star-struck in her presence!
After another fabulous salon night, it’s off to bed. Intense day of dress rehearsals to prep for the weekend’s performances tomorrow!