Day 10 at fresh inc dawned nice and sunny, and most of our participants were able to have a slow start to the day. First thing that morning, we had a run through rehearsal for our Make Music Chicago Grand Final concert, which included GRIME by fresh inc composer Evan Williams.
We continued the morning with rehearsals and composition lessons, and the festival composers were all assigned a time to meet with a 5HE member to practice their spoken introductions of their pieces for our final performances.
Chicago artists Ezra Claytan Daniels, of Black Violet writing and illustrating fame, joined us for lunch before our afternoon of workshops!
After lunch, Ezra lead a Music and Storytelling workshop, during which he talked about the artistic process he used while he was collaborating with 5HE to create Black Violet. fresh inc participants were given the chance to create and present their own music & storytelling presentations using an excerpt from the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor.
We took a quick break after Ezra’s workshop, and then Melissa and Eric led the group through the Putting Your Audience Center Stage workshop.
After one more rehearsal block and set of lessons, we had dinner and were able to unpack some of the things we talked about during the day.
Day 10 closed with our third salon night, during which we heard even more incredible music by our amazing participants! Featured this night were a number of pieces that were rehearsed at the festival but ended up not being programmed on one of our final concerts.