Day 2 of fresh inc started off bright and early with a trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum! We loaded up buses and set up in the main hall for our first run-out performance of the festival.

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Some of the participants who auditioned on Monday got the chance to perform solo and duo works that they brought to the festival, and a crowd of passersby quickly gathered once we began.

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After we got back to campus, we moved straight into our Arts Startup workshop, where participants discussed the process of forming their own organizations with the founding members of Fifth House Ensemble.

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Finally, there was just enough time for people to get back to rehearsals at the end of the day to prepare for the next set of performances! The schedule ahead is packed for both instrumentalists and composers, so everyone hunkered down and prepared for another day of workshops and a follow-up performance with a whole new group of participants the following day!

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We have officially wrapped up day one of fresh inc 2015! Dan Visconti and Stacy Garrop are back as composers-in-residence to work alongside Fifth House Ensemble for the next two weeks at University of Wisconsin-Parkside!

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Everyone came in on Sunday afternoon and we kicked things off with s’mores – a fresh inc tradition! Everyone got to hang out and get to know each other before the music begins. Eric “Deuce” Heidbreder even treated us to a live performance of a special original song!

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Monday morning started off with an opening meeting, followed by a Rehearsal Techniques workshop. Afterwards we started breakout sessions for composers and auditions for our three run-out performances later on this week! Clark and Herine got right to work and programmed some of these concerts over dinner later on.

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After everyone had some time to start rehearsing, faculty put on a salon performance of some of Dan and Stacy’s work to really kick things off and get people inspired for the weeks to come! We’re all looking forward to our performance at the Milwaukee Art Museum tomorrow morning and then digging in to some more material!

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2014 fresh inc festival Closing Concert Recordings
Constellation Chicago
Saturday, June 21, 2014

Dan Visconti – Ramble and Groove
for solo bassoon

Dai Wei – Alchemy
for flute, harp, and harp

Andrew Norman – Beneath Your Feet
for flute, harp, and percussion

Anna Meadors – Of Lightness
for flute, flute, oboe, oboe, clarinet, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, bass

Zac Lavender – Broken Consort
for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello

Daniel Morel – Prairie Polka
for flue, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion

Craig Davis Pinson – Mercurial
for five clarinets

Emma Logan – Darker than Blue
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano

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


2014 fresh inc festival Closing Concert Recordings
Bedford Concert Hall, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Sunday, June 22, 2014

Stacy Garrop – Jubilation
for violin, cello, and piano

Rebecca Larkin – The Juniper Tree
for harp and harp

Jonathan Hannau – Petite Counterpoint
for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, bass

Alexander Cooke – Crossfade
for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion

Steven Snowden – Appalachian Polaroids
for violin, viola, cello, and bass

Jared Miller – Brushstrokes
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, bass, piano

Douglas Osmun – Three Short Conversations for Flute and Clarinet
for flute and clarinet

Anik Bhattacharya – Quartet for Piano and Wind Trio
for flute, oboe, clarinet, and piano

Fabian Beltran – Nereid
for flute, harp, and percussion

Our last day at the festival was about as exciting as they come!  After the late night in Chicago the night before, we were all able to sleep in a bit before soundcheck for our final performance, which was on campus at UW-Parkside.
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After lunch, we were joined by guests from across southern Wisconsin and the Chicago area for our final concert of the festival.

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We had a wonderful time playing in the stunning Bedford Concert Hall at UWP!

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At intermission, Robert Schneider of the Kenosha Community Foundation, one of fresh inc’s generous funders, joined us on stage to announce a commission prize for the festival.  Festival composer Jared Miller received a commission from the Kenosha Community Foundation and donor Tom Targos to write a piece for flute, clarinet, and bassoon, which will be premiered in Kenosha this September!  Congratulations, Jared!

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Following the performance, we had a lovely reception with concert guests, donors, participants, and faculty members.  It was a great opportunity for our participants to get to talk with members from the Kenosha community and celebrate the great work they completed at the festival!

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After the reception, we all gathered in the recital hall to take a million group pictures, which was a ton of fun for everyone.

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We had one last dinner together on campus, followed by our final smores night — a fresh inc tradition!

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Everyone checked out and headed home (or to their next festival) on Monday morning, and 5HE can’t wait to see what new collaborations and projects come out of the relationships built and work done at fresh inc 2014.  Congratulations to our class of 2014!

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