June 18, 2020
How are we more than halfway through the festival already?? Today was the first day of dress rehearsals in preparation for this weekend’s final performances- it’s almost time to premiere the works of our composer participants! This afternoon’s workshop was led by Dan and Herine who showed us how to format a resume, what information we should put in our bios (and what we shouldn’t), and how to write an authentic, enthusiastic cover letter. Fresh Inc composer participants also had the opportunity to attend a virtual workshop about motion picture composition led by composer Hummie Mann (who composed the score for Robin Hood: Men in Tights, among many other films).
Later in the evening, we had our third and final Salon Concert of Fresh Inc. Emceed by performer participant Ava Shadmani, this concert featured both performer and composer participants performing everything from improvisation on a laptop (Spencer Arias, “Laptop Improvisation”) and solo flute played in unicorn attire (Sarah Jordan, “Late Night Contemplation”) to a special world premiere of “Special Someone,” a duet for bassoon and French horn written by Catherine Likhuta and performed by Eric and Parker. Other works of the evening included a tribute to Louis Armstrong transcribed and performed by trombonist participant Emmy Rozanski, “Life is a like a washing machine. You never know what you’re gonna hit,” an original composition by Xenia Gilbert, and performances by Fresh Inc’s pre-formed ensembles. We also continued in our efforts to raise funds for anti-racism efforts, with all proceeds for this evening’s concert going to the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to individuals who have experienced incarceration injustice.