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Free Chicago Classical Music Concert: The Weaver’s Tale Part 2 by The Fifth House Ensemble – February 15



Fifth House Ensemble will present the world premiere of “The Weaver’s Tale: of cinderella and the devil” for two performances only, a FREE Performance Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center and Feb, 16 at 8 p.m. at Mayne Stage. This world premiere concert is the second performance in Fifth House Ensemble’s 2010-2011 season concert series, “The Weaver’s Tales,” following the Nov. 2010 premiere of “The Weaver’s Tale: of the fearless boy and the loveless girl.” While each concert is a stand-alone event, “The Weaver” herself (played by co-creator/director Lindsey Marks) provides a common thread along with a collaborative team that includes Fifth House Ensemble and Rebekah Scallet.   With music selections including Ludwig von Beethoven (“Septet”), Elliott Carter (“Sonata for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord”) and Mark Fish (“Pictures of Miro,” selections), “The Weaver’s Tale: of cinderella and the devil” weaves together three separate tales including “Cinderella,” “How The Devil Married Three Sisters” and “The Robber Bridegroom.”  Fifth House Ensemble takes a feminist twist with these tales, examining how women interact with men, both positively and negatively.    Co-written and directed by Rebekah Scallet and Lindsey Marks, based on a concept developed by Fifth House Ensemble, “The Weaver’s Tale: of cinderella and the devil” will feature Fifth House Ensemble members Melissa Snoza, flute; Crystal Hall, oboe; Jennifer Woodrum, clarinet; Karl Rzasa, bassoon; DeAunn Davis, horn; Andrew Williams, violin; Clark Carruth, viola; Herine Coetzee Koschak, cello; Eric Snoza, bass; and Adam Marks, piano.  Lindsey Marks performs as “The Weaver,” and video design is by Steve Emmons and Kerry Yang.

Fifth House Ensemble will perform a free performance of “The Weaver’s Tale: of cinderella and the devil” Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St. This performance will be presented free of charge by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, with seats available on a first come, first served basis.

Lindsey Marks, also known as “Lady Jack,” is a multi-faceted performance artist and burlesque dancer from Chicago that will be playing the character of “The Weaver” throughout the season.  Inspired by the west-African spider Anansi who is the spinner of all tales, “The Weaver” orchestrates the interactions of the characters in each of the separate works while also weaving each of the tales together.

Rebekah Scallet is a freelance director and dramaturg who most recently directed “The Tempest” for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, “Anne Frank & Me” for the College of Lake County and served as the assistant director for “Twelfth Night” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.   “The Weaver’s Tale: of cinderella and the devil” is the second installment in a three-part world premiere series. Fifth House Ensemble kicked off the first performance of the season, “The Weaver’s Tale: of the fearless boy and the loveless girl,” in Nov. 2010. The final concert of the season will be “The Weaver’s Tale: of debt and the maidens” on May 3 – 4, 2011. For more information visit   “The Weaver’s Tales” is presented in partnership with High Concept Laboratories (HCL). HCL’s mission is to partner with artists and performers to foster the creation and development of new artistic works. By working as a producing partner, HCL provides space, resources, capacity-building and administrative support to projects of merit. In doing so, they nurture new works through every step of the creative process from creation and development to presentation and performance.

Marketing efforts for “The Weaver’s Tales” are supported by an Arts Engagement Implementation Grant from The Chicago Community Trust. Through programs like this, the Trust helps Chicago area arts organizations build audience appreciation and create demand for the arts.


Founded in 2005, the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble ( is a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.” Fifth House’s innovative performances engage audiences through their connective programming and unexpected venues. Having established itself as a regular on the Chicago chamber music scene, Fifth House has performed on some of the city’s most well-regarded series and venues including the Rush Hour Concerts at St. James and Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, in addition to regular appearances on WFMT. Other recent projects include a performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Adler Planetarium’s historic Sky Theater, a couture music program for the Driehaus Fashion Awards for Excellence, and a composer portrait of Galina Ustvolskaya at NYC’s Miller Theatre. Currently Ensemble in Residence at Carthage College,  5HE’s innovative educational endeavors have resulted in performances and residencies at Chicago public schools and the Chicago Cultural Center in partnership with the International Music Foundation, the Chicago Teachers’ Center, and Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play program. Fifth House Ensemble’s mission is to tap the collaborative spirit of chamber music 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.

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