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

Latitude 49
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!


fresh inc at rush hour!

Today, we had the distinct pleasure of performing at the amazing Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral in downtown Chicago. Even Millie couldn’t believe the splendor of the picturesque St. James Cathedral. She couldn’t help herself – she got all lit up!

Before the show, we had a special session with Rush Hour visionary, Deborah Sobol. She contextualized for us the importance of keeping music in our daily lives, and encouraged us all to continue to look around us at the cultural landscape that exists outside of our musical circle for ideas and inspiration. Hearing the way she and her team of indefatigable geniuses created a series that on every level is centered around the needs of a culturally curious, fresh audience to classical music.

As if a live audience of hundreds wasn’t enough, we were also broadcast live on WFMT with host Dennis Moore. Here’s Melissa in the “booth” prepping for the big moment!

As part of the fresh inc application process, one piece was selected for a special prize: a performance at Rush Hour with live broadcast. The winner of this year’s contest was Alex Temple, for the newly composed work Party at the Last Resort.

Also on the program was Paquito d’Rivera’s Aires Tropicales, and a special 8-minute version of Terry Riley’s In C, featuring all fresh inc composers and instrumentalists. What an amazing way to showcase the talent present here tonight!