fresh inc festival and fifth house ensemble concert

Published: June 3, 2014


The fresh inc festival is a one-of-a-kind chamber music festival that redefines the training process for emerging musicians. Under the guidance of Fifth House Ensemble (5HE), emerging composers and instrumentalists spend two weeks creating performance experiences for audiences of all types, covering repertoire both canonic and newly inked.
Now in its third year, 5HE's ground-breaking fresh inc festival at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside will immerse participants in a professional and inspiring environment through two weeks of training in arts entrepreneurship and creative presentation techniques; rehearsals in mixed ensembles including members of 5HE and participants; performances across Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, and Chicago; and individual instruction with faculty members on site at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  
Each year, participating composers write a new work for mixed ensembles including 5HE faculty and participating instrumentalists, and the festival concludes with 2 performances celebrating festival's culmination and the premieres of the works written by festival composers.   
For more information about fresh inc, visit   
Fifth House Ensemble presents two culminating performances of the 2014 fresh inc festival in Chicago, Saturday, June 21, and at UW-Parkside Sunday, June 22, in the Bedford Concert Hall. There is no charge for admission Sunday, June 22. Tickets for the Saturday performance at Constellation Chicago, 3111 North Western Ave., are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.   
The Sunday performance features eight world premiere performances of festival works, including Stacy Garrop's Jubilation piano trio, performed by faculty members Andrew Williams, Una O'Riordan, and Jani Parsons.   


The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble has pioneered the art of narrative chamber music performance. Through unprecedented artistic collaborations, 5HE creates multi-media experiences that depict, inspire, and respond to stories from around the world, intertwining dramatic narrative with chamber music of all genres.   
Having established itself as a regular on the Chicago chamber music scene, Fifth House Ensemble has performed on some of the city's most well-regarded series and venues including the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Mostly Music Series, Waukegan Chamber Music Society, Pritzker Pavilion, Byron Colby Barn, PianoForte Chicago, Live from the Morse/WFMT, WFMT Impromptu, Sunday Salon Series at the Chicago Cultural Center and Rush Hour Concerts at St. James. Recent appearances away from home include those at New England Conservatory, DePauw University, the Detroit Symphony, Yale College, and the Eastman School of Music.   
Recognized nationally as a leader in audience engagement in the field of chamber music, 5HE has led discussions and training workshops at institutions including the Colburn School, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, TEDxMichiganAve, the Midwest Clinic, and Yale. In 2012, 5HE launched the fresh inc festival, which brings together industry experts with composers and instrumentalists up to age 35 to premiere 16 new works of chamber music, while providing creative presentation and arts entrepreneurship training.   
More information about Fifth House Ensemble can be found at
Fifth House Ensemble is supported in part by grants from Northern Trust, The Arts Work Fund, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For more information, contact: Carole Deeter, operations and marketing director, at 773-236-1844.    
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