Fifth House Ensemble
Crossover Chamber Ensemble
“a cohesive artistic product and transformative concert experience.” – ChicagoMusic.org
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.
In its 2018-2019 season, Fifth House Ensemble presents a world-spanning collaboration with Tuvan throat-singing masters Alash Ensemble that explores storytelling, participation, and ritual through interviews and documentary video filmed on location in the remote Siberian republic. Sonic Meditations brings together folk storytelling, Deep Listening and meditation practices, and new commissions from Fresh Inc Festival alum William Pearson and Grammy-nominated video game composer Austin Wintory. Composer and Fifth House Artistic Director Dan Visconti’s musical puzzle, Unchained Melodies, forms another program of virtuosic solo pieces that combine in counterpoint to form duos, trios, and ultimately a full dectet. The world premiere of prolific opera composer Daron Hagen’s newest project, Orson Rehearsed, looks at the process of art through the lens of pivotal creative force Orson Welles.
Also this season, Fifth House visits Ball State University (Muncie, IN), Georgia Tech University, The Harris Center (Folsom, CA), and MSU Denver with Journey LIVE, an interactive arrangement for Fifth House of Austin Wintory’s Grammy-nominated score responsive to live game play, and visits the Studebaker Theater, Chicago Latino Music Festival, Waukegan Chamber Music Society, Fermilab, Illinois State University, University of Dayton, Old Town School of Folk Music, and Southeast Missouri State University for performances, training workshops, and residency activities this season.
Performances in previous seasons include those at Texas Performing Arts, LiveConnections (Philadelphia, PA), MAGFest music and gaming festival (National Harbor, MD), WFMT Impromptu (Chicago, IL), Steppenwolf Theater, the Forma Festival (Moscow), National Sawdust (NYC) and the Miller Theatre (NYC).
Through the ensemble’s heartfelt social and civic practice work, Fifth House has co-created artistic projects with urban neighborhoods, social service organizations, and an agricultural community to spark conversations on issues that matter. Reaching 17,000 students annually through its arts-integrated educational programs, Fifth House also connects K-12 core curricula to vivid, custom-crafted, and interactive musical experiences which challenge students to share and lead. Fifth House is an established partner and resource to the nation’s top music schools and conservatories and is currently an Ensemble in Residence at the Music Institute of Chicago.