The Augmented Fifth – 5/13/2018
Sunday, May 13, 2018 – Issue 28
Wow, what a great week! Deborah’s Place had a fabulous final performance, Seward students wowed Ravinia administration, and NBJ had one of the best single visits we’ve ever had! Not only that, but we have a ton of things to look forward to for next week!
Also, we recently sent out a schedule for each musician’s blog topics for the 2018-19 edition of the Augmented Fifth! Very soon you’ll hear more voices from Fifth House Ensemble than just mine! If that’s not exciting, I don’t know what is!
Teen Living Programs – Belfort House
Nancy B. Jefferson Residency – written by Herine Koschak
Our spring residency at Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School launched a few weeks ago. NBJ is housed within the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and this is our seventh arts-integrated project with a classroom there, and also our very first opportunity to engage with young women in the facility. All students are placed into one of 7 residence centers and move throughout the building in smaller pods of 8 to 12 residents. They spend all of their waking hours with the individuals in their particular pod, which means that our classes are also grouped by the gender of the residents within a pod. Only about 10% of the residents are female, so having the chance to work with them is an exciting new opportunity!
WHERE IN THE FIFTH IS UNCLE TRAVELING MATT?
From the journal of Uncle Traveling Matt:
“This week was my time to shine! Our pianist, Katherine, was feeling a little pain in her hands so the only available sub in such short notice was yours truly! As you can see by the look on her face, I was doing an amazing job and am a natural talent (even if my hands aren’t quite large enough to reach the octaves…… or seconds…). I’m looking forward to my performance debut which will certainly be happening very soon.”
RANDOM MUSIC WE’RE DIGGING THIS WEEK
In honor of the fact that I haven’t been able to get this song out of my head since I saw the movie.
Thank you to all the women at Deborah’s Place who participated in our residency program. Your projects were all wonderful! Also, super thank you to the amazing Deborah’s Place staff for helping us make it happen!
Grace, Elizandro, Deuce, and Parker had our first Music Can Tell a Story show as a part of MIC!
Charlene, Herine, Katherine, and Danny had their last performance of Americana (+Bernstein) for the season. Congratulations on a successful run!
Eric had a great final performance at Seward Elementary with Ravinia and as a result, we might have some exciting additional updates coming soon!
Melissa and Parker had a really wonderful meeting with our team at Loyola CURL and are extremely excited about the future of our partnership!
The young women in our NBJ residency were introduced to their ukuleles for the first time and it was a truly amazing experience to watch their faces light up when they got to play them. Huge thanks to our partner teacher, Ms. Rizzo for finding the funding for that part of our project!
Dan somehow found time in his super busy schedule to meet with all of the Fifth House musicians for some awesome professional development. I’m developed!
Special thanks to all of the Roosevelt University residency team for a successful meeting on Thursday that will get that project off on the right foot!
Aubrey and Parker touched an octopus on Friday night!
Charlene and Herine sound very good when playing in an Irish pub. Just saying.
THIS WEEK IN HAIKU
NBJ keeps on rolling,
We’re almost to June!
When Melissa brings a bunch of snacks…
“Verb” is a noun.
A simple but true tale.
How to top off a busy day!
One of the many wonderful examples of graphic scores from our Deborah’s Place residency!