Issue 25

I think we have all recovered from our performance-a-thon last week and we are all set and ready to do it again! For those of you who missed Degenerate Art last week, we sincerely hope to see you at our show this week!



Spertus Institute, 610 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605




2:00pm (Central)


$18 General Public / $10 Spertus Members / $8 Students


Combining Artistic Programs with Residencies - written by Parker Nelson

Our three education residencies will be in full swing as of this week! We've been trying to intersect our residency work with our artistic programming and here are some of the ways we've been able to do that. The most recent example would be inviting our Deborah's Place participants to our Degenerate Art show. This was a great example of how visual art and music intersect and was particularly captivating for the women of Deb's who are 3 weeks into their graphic score residency. Also, all of the women who came were wonderful when it came to participating in our in-concert activities. We can always count on them to be energetic!

We are also planning some exciting series shows in the future based off of some of our educational initiatives from this season. All of our residencies in the Fall used blues music to inform the content of the final projects. Hopefully we'll be bringing you some blues goodness in a ticketed event brought to you in large part by our participants.

Whether its bringing musicians to view the facilities of a center, bringing participants to concerts, or performing alongside one another, we hope to have ever more integration between our concerts and our educational programming. Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting projects soon!


From the journal of Uncle Traveling Matt:

"When I came to Chicago, I was told that it was going to be cold and to expect to spend most of my time inside. While that has certainly been the case for the majority of my stay with Fifth House, this week is proving to finally surprise me! I was able to soak up some sun after a busy week of travel and get ready for another big performance week!"


When you've had enough of the acoustics and need some synth jams.

TOP 10

  1. We finally had some face time with Alash! Our Monday was spent playing some arrangements, taking some photos, and experiencing some sonic meditation! Can't wait for this project to keep rolling!

  2. Charlene, Herine, and Katherine had two wonderful performances of Americana for Ravinia this past week. Roll with them punches!

  3. Our Spring residency at Teen Living Programs started this week and Deuce and Grace hit the ground running with song writing!

  4. Parker had a wonderful visit with an old friend and now educational partner at New Trier High School!

  5. Deuce and Parker did some advising for one of our Fresh Inc. alums, Karalyn Schubring!

  6. Grant season keeps on continuing and Melissa just can't get enough. Keep on truckin x2. (for those of you paying attention, this was in the Top 10 last week as well)

  7. Happy Birthday to Teo!

  8. Chamber Music Reading Party #2 was a fantastic success. Congrats Deuce!

  9. Meghan is still alive after going an entire week without a phone. Congratulations and I hope that you found some relaxation without the bombardment of the rest of the world!

  10. Happy Earth Day!


Spring Resdencies,

NBJ, Deb's, TLP,

Are finally here!


I just thought this was cool. That's all.


Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a day,

Don't teach a man to fish, you feed him for his lifetime.


In honor of Degenerate Art this week.


Courtesy of my parents this week. Grilled Chicken Salad with peanut dressing


Napa Valley, CA


Grace testing out the alphorn's ability to make fart noises.


Grace Hong

For always having a bag of tomatoes for us to steal!