June 19, 2020
The third-to-last day of Fresh Inc began with an important conversation with Michael Rohd of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice (CPCP). Michael helped guide us through Tuesday’s RHINO performance and discussion, and today he led a thoughtful conversation about what civic practice in music means. In addition to talking about how to incorporate social justice into your actions as an artist, Michael emphasized the importance of actively engaging in the community in which you are a part, both as an individual and at the institutional level.
Melissa and Dan continued to expand upon the idea of relevant programming with their Creative Programming workshop later in the afternoon. Programming concerts means so much more than just choosing repertoire you like and deciding to play it- who is the repertoire for? Who is invited? What kind of story are you telling through your programming? Melissa and Dan encouraged us to keep these types of questions when we’re trying to determine what repertoire to program in our own performances.
Tonight was the first in a series of three world premiere performances of twenty-four newly created works by Fresh Inc composer participants. Herine was our emcee tonight, kicking off the concert with a world premiere by Alexa Letourneau, whose piece “Quiddities” consisted of four movements, each one requiring the musicians to utilize technology in a different way. This evening’s concert also featured the premiere of a bass quartet by Oliver Kwapis (“Naked Light”), a trio for flute, viola, and double bass by Elena Specht (“Sunlight on the Hardwoords”), and “Dance On” by Sergio Delgado, who joined us all the way from Costa Rica to share his movement-inspired duo for clarinet and piano. This premiere also included premieres of new works by composer participants Sammy Sussman, Ben Palmateer, Nicholas Slaughter, and Tengyue Zhang.
All funds raised from this evening’s performance benefitted the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a non-profit organization that represents, supports, and advocates for the Black College Community.