Fresh Inc Festival World Premieres Concert #1

Friday, June 18, 2021 at 7pm CDT / 8pm EDT

Join us for the first night of world premieres written by this year’s composer participants, performed by this year’s performer participants and members of Fifth House Ensemble



  • Stephen Gerber: Five Canonic Duos for Oboe and Bassoon
    Hilary Hobbs (oboe), Ben Roidl-Ward (bassoon)
  • Laura Conti: Schema 
    Justin Brown-Gnarra (flute), Hilary Hobbs (oboe), Ting Luo (piano)
  • Lucy Shirley: Stretch Marks
    Keri Lee Pierson (soprano), Elizandro Garcia-Montoya (clarinet), Brian Mark (piano)
  • Brittany J. Green: dreamwalker // field in bloom
    Ava Wirth (oboe), Elizabeth Kapitaniuk (clarinet), Grace Gelpi (alto saxophone), Yi-Mei Ciou (percussion)
  • Alexa Letourneau: Mesmerism
    Alayna Bell (horn), Caleb Slabaugh (trombone), Christian Dillingham (bass), Torstein Johansen (bass)
  • Sarah Lucas-Page: Dreamers
    Angelo Chiu Lee (violin), Lina Yamin (violin) Samantha Peng (viola), Raphael Maranon (cello)
  • Daniel De Togni: Ricercare
    Claire Gunsbury (flute), Jungmin Kim (oboe), Michelle Hromin (clarinet), Azusa Tashiro (violin), Sixto Franco (viola), Raphael Maranon (cello), Darren Ancheta (piano)
  • Jonathan Posthuma: “Architecture of the Plane (Architektur der Ebene, 1923) No. 154” from Paul Klee: Painted Songs
    Julia Simpson (oboe), Elizabeth Kapitaniuk (clarinet), Grace Gelpi (alto saxophone), Elizandro Garcia-Montoya (bass clarinet), Edin Agamenoni (bassoon)



Since 2012, Fresh Inc has helped performers, composers, and pre-formed ensembles to envision and launch their own authentic careers in music, rooted in adventurous genre-defying collaboration, entrepreneurial thinking, and meaningful partnerships with audiences and community.

Building on our 2020 Digital Edition last June, we have reimagined the festival from the ground up to incorporate teaching culled from a season’s worth of creative projects, including adventurous digital collaborations with emerging composers nationwide, audience-interactive video game presentations, and mindfulness practices that bring embodied, human connection to online interaction.

During a time when emerging artists need more support than ever before, Fresh Inc provides the tools to create, collaborate, and present in a digital space. We believe that empowering artists to meet the challenges of our field’s changing landscape is the best way to prepare for the future.

Join us as we present 24 world premieres, 12 public events, and 40 professional development workshops over two weeks.

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Fresh Inc is supported by grants from the Steven R. Gerber Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kenosha Community Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund, the Amphion Foundation, and Shure. 



Praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse,” the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to reach beyond the traditionally-perceived limits of classical music. The ensemble’s artistic, educational, and civic programs engage theater groups, video game designers, corporate innovators, and folk bands to share stories as diverse as the communities it serves.

Reaching 17,000 students annually through its arts-integrated educational programs, Fifth House connects K-12 core curricula to vivid, custom-crafted, and interactive musical experiences which challenge students to share and lead. As an extension of this work, Fifth House enters its fourth year of partnership with Loyola University’s Center for Urban Research and Learning this season, through which the ensemble is in residence at sites serving at-risk youth and adults including Deborah’s Place, Teen Living Programs, Cara Chicago, and Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School at the Chicago Temporary Youth Detention Center. Fifth House also partners with Storycatchers Theatre as part of its residency at the detention center to develop new curriculum culminating in a new theatrical work based on participants’ own experiences.

An established partner and resource to the nation’s top music schools and conservatories, Fifth House launches the careers of emerging artists through entrepreneurship residencies and training programs, including those at Yale College, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Indiana University, Roosevelt University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, UT-Austin, Northwestern University, San Francisco Conservatory, DePaul University, and the Colburn School. Recent creative partnerships have included those with The Cleveland Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera. In 2012, Fifth House launched Fresh Inc, a two-week, intensive training program for emerging composers and performers where Fifth House works with participants on building careers in music in line with their own unique vision and values.

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6/18 World Premieres Concert 1 – Fresh Inc Festival