How to Scout New Performance Spaces

Fifth House Ensemble’s mission is to create engaging performances and interactive educational programs, forging meaningful partnerships with unexpected venues, artists of other disciplines, educational institutions, and audiences of every type. 

Speaking to the unexpected venues part, Fifth House Ensemble has performed in a wide variety of spaces, ranging from bars, a lake in Tuva, aquariums, supper clubs, libraries, and museums to concert halls and convention centers of all sizes. How do we find these places?

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augmented5thJessica Wolfe
The Art of Losing Your Self

Each of us has our own “creation” story about how we started on our instrument of choice. Perhaps it was a popular friend who played the piano, so you started studying to be just like her. Or, it was a performance you experienced live, on TV, or on a recording that made you say, “WOW – I want to be able to do that!” Or maybe, as with some of my younger students, the answer is a sullen, “My mom made me do it.”

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Issue 13.1

It looks like it's about that time. September means a new season for Fifth House Ensemble (the 13th new season as a matter of fact)! We hope you all had a nice summer and that you're ready for some exciting new content from your friends at the Augmented Fifth and Fifth House! Alright, before we get to the fun stuff, we have some business to go over:

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Fresh Inc 2018: Issue 1

Well well well, did you miss us? Good news, Fresh Inc 2018 is here and we are super excited to bring you the Fresh Inc Special Edition of the Augmented Fifth! We had an exciting start to our festival and we'll be posting some of our most notable moments here.

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Issue 30

I'll save the mushy stuff for later, but hey guess what, you've survived an entire season of reading the Augmented Fifth! We do enjoy your company and hope you've enjoyed your experience. The calendar might say we're done, but Google doesn't own me yet so I have a feeling we'll be back fairly soon...

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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!

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Issue 27

We've got some real exciting changes coming to Fifth House Ensemble very soon! We've got the first of our Spring residency final performances this week!. Can you believe that Fresh Inc. is only a few weeks away??? The Augmented Fifth will be changing formats soon and we can't wait to bring you even more great content as we head into our festival weeks!

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Issue 26

Well, here we are! Today marks the last of our artistic performances for the 2018 season. But don't you worry your pretty little head, there will be plenty of opportunities to see Fifth House Ensemble before the end of the season with our multitude of educational shows happening within the coming month!

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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!

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Issue 24

And you thought that a concert day would keep me from writing the blog. Shame on you! I know some of you missed Degenerate Art today, but don't fret! We will be certain to see you when we perform it again on April 29. Right? Right.

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Issue 23

What's that? You say that we can't possibly have the time to perform three shows at once? Well that's where you're wrong, bucko! We've got some old and some new this week so feel free to bring something blue for us to borrow when you come see our shows this week!

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Issue 22

After a week off and some time to clear our heads, we're excited to announce that we will be renaming Fifth House Ensemble to eighth JACK Bang On A Can Will Sound Ensemble. We feel it really embodies the totally original chamber music group we would like to be. Wishing you a happy Easter and April 1st from eJBOACWSE!

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Issue 20

Can you believe we've been at this for 20 weeks?? Time sure flies when you're frantically trying to keep up with telling you all about Fifth House events while also consistently collecting stupid videos and memes. Don't worry though, we're not getting tired in the slightest and are looking forward to bringing you weeks and weeks of more content!

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