Our annual trip to the beautiful Milwaukee Art Museum happened to be this year’s first run-out performance! Participants are asked to come prepared for additional performances throughout the festival, and they put together an amazing program.

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Visitors to the museum were treated to a variety of solo and duo pieces. Cellist Emma Schmiedecke performed the U.S. premiere of Emily Walker’s Three Shorts for Solo Cello!

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We got right back to work after returning to UW-Parkside. While instrumentalists rehearsed some more, composers got to talk about their favorite thing: budgeting!

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We ended the day with a Print Materials workshop. Here’s Melissa showing some examples from other ensembles!

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We kicked off day 3 with our Public Speaking workshop led by Melissa, Eric and Katherine!

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We talked about the challenges presented by talking about music, and how those apply to writing program notes and presenting them from the stage.

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Composers and instrumentalists broke off to get to work – ensembles rehearsed pieces for the final concerts while the first of many composer forums led by Dan and Stacy began.

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Before closing out the day with even more rehearsing and composition workshops, the whole group reconvened for the Arts Start Up Workshop. We got into participant’s artistic visions for their projects and how they can channel those into a business plan.

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Participants were asked to express their voice in a drawing, and it was so fun seeing what they came up with!

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Day 1 of fresh inc was missing our traditional s’mores cookout. Don’t let the picture above fool you, we got rained out shortly afterward!

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Most of us got inside before the downpour, and those of us who didn’t found creative ways to dry off.

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We kicked things off on Day 2 with a Rehearsal Techniques workshop, then put those ideas into practice with the first block of rehearsals in the afternoon. Composers broke off into groups for opening presentations, and performers auditioned for our run-out performances later in the week!

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Our faculty salon featured performances of works by composers-in-residence Dan Visconti and Stacy Garrop, and afterwards we finally got our s’mores time in!

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2015 fresh inc festival Closing Concert Recordings
Bedford Concert Hall, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Sunday, June 21, 2015

Guillaume Connesson – Sextuor
for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, bass and piano

Tyler Versluis – Certain Instants of Seeing Were Like Flowers on the Grave
for oboe, violin, bassoon and piano

Phong Tran – Torsion
for three cellos

James Budinich – Where
for clarinet, saxophone and piano

Michael Rosin – ISS One Year
for string quartet

Sid Richardson – Tendrils
for two flutes, two oboes and bassoon

Michael Vince – Stereoscopic
for clarinet, saxophone, viola, cello and percussion

Heitor Villa Lobos – Jet Whistle, III. Vivo
for flute and cello

Daniel Harrison – Breathing, Being
for clarinet quartet

Libby Larsen – Corker
for clarinet and percussion

Aaron Levin – Springbokkie
for flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn and bass

 

2015 fresh inc festival Closing Concert Recordings
Constellation Chicago
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Carlos Bandera – Tetractys
for flute, clarinet and bassoon

William Kenlon – Park Bench at the End of the World
for flute, oboe, viola, cello and bass

Rachel Epperly – Time Arrives
for four flutes

Jonathan Russ – Devotion
for flute, cello and piano

Ábel Esbenshade – Before Death
for clarinet, oboe and bassoon

Yuting Lin – Turner, Rocket, Fire Wheel
for two oboes, two clarinets, bassoon and horn

Sarah Grace Graves – Beets
for clarinet and percussion

Justin Rito – Reaching | Failing
for violin, viola, cello and bass