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.
After lunch, we were joined by guests from across southern Wisconsin and the Chicago area for our final concert of the festival.
We had a wonderful time playing in the stunning Bedford Concert Hall at UWP!
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!
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!
After the reception, we all gathered in the recital hall to take a million group pictures, which was a ton of fun for everyone.
We had one last dinner together on campus, followed by our final smores night — a fresh inc tradition!
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!