World premier music at June 23 Fresh Inc concert
The Fifth House Ensemble's two-week Fresh Inc Music Festival being held at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside concludes Sunday, June 23, with a concert packed with new music. Presented in the Frances Bedford Concert Hall of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, the concert begins at 2 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.
Since its opening sessions June 10, Fresh Inc has brought together 15 young composers and 21 young instrumentalists to attend workshops and to rehearse and perform. Creating new music was a goal from the festival's opening note.
"Each of the 15 composers was commissioned to write a piece for the festival. We will be performing the world premieres of each of these 15 pieces over the course of two final performances, the second being the June 23 performance here at UW-Parkside," said Carole Deeter, Fifth House Ensemble's operations and marketing director. "In addition to the world premieres, we'll also be performing other works we've been rehearsing during the Fresh Inc Festival."
Deeter said the first half of the two world premiere concerts is in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, June 22.
In addition to the premieres, Fresh Inc musicians will perform "Ramble and Groove" written by Fifth House Ensemble composer-in-residence Dan Visconti. They will also choose from the musicians' "wish list" of potential performance pieces which includes a Beethoven septet for woodwinds and strings, Schubert's "Trout Quintet," Debussy's trio for flute, viola, and harp, and compositions by Dmitri Shostakovich, David Maslanka, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, Andrea Clearfield, and David Lang.
"One of the really great things about Fifth House Ensemble is that instead of specializing in either just new music or just works from the classic repertoire, we include both on our programs," Deeter said of the Chicago-based group.
The Fresh Inc Music Festival 2013 is a two-week residency program of clinics and workshops. Festival attendees are using The Rita's state-of-the-art classrooms, rehearsal, and performance venues during their stay on campus. They are also enjoying university housing and dining facilities.
"We are having a blast! And we're truly loving the fabulous facilities here on campus!" Deeter added.For more information, call the UW-Parkside Music Department at 262-595-2457.