fresh inc at rush hour!

Today, we had the distinct pleasure of performing at the amazing Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral in downtown Chicago. Even Millie couldn’t believe the splendor of the picturesque St. James Cathedral. She couldn’t help herself – she got all lit up!

Before the show, we had a special session with Rush Hour visionary, Deborah Sobol. She contextualized for us the importance of keeping music in our daily lives, and encouraged us all to continue to look around us at the cultural landscape that exists outside of our musical circle for ideas and inspiration. Hearing the way she and her team of indefatigable geniuses created a series that on every level is centered around the needs of a culturally curious, fresh audience to classical music.

As if a live audience of hundreds wasn’t enough, we were also broadcast live on WFMT with host Dennis Moore. Here’s Melissa in the “booth” prepping for the big moment!

As part of the fresh inc application process, one piece was selected for a special prize: a performance at Rush Hour with live broadcast. The winner of this year’s contest was Alex Temple, for the newly composed work Party at the Last Resort.

Also on the program was Paquito d’Rivera’s Aires Tropicales, and a special 8-minute version of Terry Riley’s In C, featuring all fresh inc composers and instrumentalists. What an amazing way to showcase the talent present here tonight!