Renegade Series at the University of Maryland
Sep
24
12:30 PM12:30

Renegade Series at the University of Maryland

Fifth House Ensemble's flutist and executive director discusses how her experiences growing up in a multicultural, multilingual family developed her skills as a cultural chameleon. Her current work leverages her capacity to create connections and common language to generate projects that engage international partners, source collaborators from wildly diverse disciplines and result in genre-defying artistic experiences. This session will explore how learning to listen and engage with team members from diverse backgrounds, whether of culture or expertise, leads not just to inclusion but to richly rewarding work.

View Event →
Ignite Fall Final Performance
Oct
17
1:00 PM13:00

Ignite Fall Final Performance

PERFORMANCE:
October 17, 2019 - 1:00pm

In our Songwriting and Music Production program at Ignite, participants explore the basics of music composition as a means of creating their own original musical compositions. After learning the basics of audio editing software and recording equipment, participants create original loop-based songs inspired by their own personal stories, and are encouraged to use Fifth House Ensemble musicians to perform the songs. Additionally, clients of this program learn about music distribution, basic marketing, and public speaking skills to assist them in sharing their creativity outside of the classroom. The residency concludes with a presentation for other clients and Ignite staff in which the participants debut their original works and share stories about the compositional process.

View Event →
2019 Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education Conference
Oct
17
to Oct 19

2019 Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education Conference

Members of 5HE lead a hands-on professional development workshop that shares the ensemble’s process of co-designing, implementing and evaluating programs with social service partners. We will share findings from four years of research with Loyola University’s Center for Urban Research and Learning rooted in the ensemble’s programming with participants experiencing homelessness or incarceration.

View Event →
Deborah's Place Fall Final Performance
Nov
14
10:30 AM10:30

Deborah's Place Fall Final Performance

PERFORMANCE:
November 14 - 10:30am

At Deborah’s Place, participants create original music and art in the form of Graphic Scores. Over the course of six visits, participants learn musical concepts while also exploring the role of art in society. Utilizing a variety of artistic media, this program explores how art can make political and philosophical statements. The women of Deborah’s Place are encouraged to find their own voices through creative work, covering topics such as the empowering journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency, or the struggle of family trouble and solutions to overcome it.

View Event →
Nancy B. Jefferson Final Fall Performance
Nov
14
5:00 PM17:00

Nancy B. Jefferson Final Fall Performance

Performance:
November 14 – 5pm

This Graphic Score Residency gives students the opportunity to engage in the compositional process without having previous musical knowledge. Students learn how to create unique visual representations of sound and to justify their choices using musical terminology. The compositional and visual processes serve as tools for emotional expression, further explored by integrating Social Emotional Learning and Deep Listening components into the curriculum. The culminating project trains confident public speaking skills and performance. Team work on the final project mirrors the model of chamber music collaboration set forth by the two teaching artists in each visit.

View Event →
Lawrence University Residency
Jan
18
to Jan 19

Lawrence University Residency

Supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, the Fifth House Ensemble flute, cello, and piano trio visits Lawrence University for a two-day residency composed of interactive workshops, engagement activities presented at Appleton-area public schools and community partner organizations, culminating in a performance at The Refuge. The residency will help launch Lawrence University’s 2020 Presto! Tour.

View Event →
University of Oregon Residency
Jan
24
9:00 AM09:00

University of Oregon Residency

Fifth House Ensemble Executive Director and flutist, Melissa Ngan, visits the University of Oregon for a one-day residency working with students through a variety of interactive workshops exploring the topics of community engagement, civic practice, project design, and entrepreneurship.

View Event →
Luna de Cuernos Residency at Baldwin Wallace
Feb
5
to Feb 6

Luna de Cuernos Residency at Baldwin Wallace

In collaboration with Sarah Becan and in partnership with the Association House of Chicago, Fifth House Ensemble presents a multimedia storytelling concert experience. Luna de Cuernos is a modern interpretation of a Puerto Rican folktale inspired by the true stories of Chicagoans and told through music and stunning illustrations.

View Event →
Rivers Empyrean: Renewal and Rebirth
Mar
1
2:15 PM14:15

Rivers Empyrean: Renewal and Rebirth

  • Arbor Room of the Thornhill Education Center at the Morton Arboretum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Featuring music heralding the arrival of Spring that celebrates the wonder of nature, musicians of Chicago's Fifth House Ensemble feature music by classical masters (J.S. Bach, whose birthday coincides with the first day of Spring) along with music by three living recipients of the Pulitzer Prize who consider the cyclic renewal of the earth from a contemporary perspective. Travel through nearby Wisconsin Woods with flute music by Native American composer Brent Michael Davids, and visit  Appalachia through Steven Snowden's gorgeous setting of an old mountain folksong; it's an afternoon for appreciating some of nature's most special places as we look forward to enjoying another season of the great outdoors.

View Event →
Americana Residency at the University of Dayton
Mar
9
to Mar 11

Americana Residency at the University of Dayton

Supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, Fifth House Ensemble visits the University of Dayton for a three-day residency composed of interactive workshops, engagement activities presented at Dayton-area schools and partnering community organizations. Musicians will visit the Stivers School for the Arts and Ruskin Elementary to work with students in masterclasses, side-by-side rehearsals, and workshops, presenting an afternoon performance at each school. The residency culminates in a full-length evening performance at the Sears Recital Hall on March 10, 2020.

View Event →
Nancy B. Jefferson Final Spring Performance
Mar
31
5:00 PM17:00

Nancy B. Jefferson Final Spring Performance

Performance:
March 31, 2020 – 5pm-7pm

This Graphic Score Residency gives students the opportunity to engage in the compositional process without having previous musical knowledge. Students learn how to create unique visual representations of sound and to justify their choices using musical terminology. The compositional and visual processes serve as tools for emotional expression, further explored by integrating Social Emotional Learning and Deep Listening components into the curriculum. The culminating project trains confident public speaking skills and performance. Team work on the final project mirrors the model of chamber music collaboration set forth by the two teaching artists in each visit.

View Event →
Rivers Empyrean at the Chicago Wilderness Conservation Congress
Apr
2
6:30 PM18:30

Rivers Empyrean at the Chicago Wilderness Conservation Congress

  • University of Illinois Chicago Forum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At a time when the environment is more threatened than ever with pollution and our life-giving waterways at risk, Fifth House Ensemble traces the life cycle of water from its metaphorical descent from the heavens as rain, to its long journey in streams and rivers informed by conservation experts and ecologists. Featuring a new commission by Fresh Inc Festival alumnus Patrick O’Malley driven by ecological data from Friends of the Chicago River, a new commission by Shawn Okpebholo that celebrates water as a precious resource by transforming it into a musical instrument, alongside music inspired by First Peoples, this program asks what it would mean to return to a sacred conception in which humans are a part of nature rather than beings standing outside of its impact. 

During the 2019-2020 season, Fifth House Ensemble will co-create public performances, events, and educational programs with its organizational partners on the project, including Friends of the Chicago River, the American Indian Center, Wild Mile, Chicago Wilderness, the Sierra Club, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

View Event →
Rivers Empyrean Residency at the Canterbury School
Apr
27
to Apr 28

Rivers Empyrean Residency at the Canterbury School

Performance on April 28 at 7pm

Supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, Fifth House Ensemble visits the Canterbury School for a two-day Rivers Empyrean residency. Musicians will work with students in the classroom and at the Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve, leading them in hands-on activities that explore themes of water usage best practices and environmental conservation.

At a time when the environment is more threatened than ever with pollution and our life-giving waterways at risk, Fifth House Ensemble traces the life cycle of water from its metaphorical descent from the heavens as rain, to its long journey in streams and rivers informed by conservation experts and ecologists. Featuring a new commission by Fresh Inc Festival alumnus Patrick O’Malley driven by ecological data from Friends of the Chicago River, a new commission by Shawn Okpebholo that celebrates water as a precious resource by transforming it into a musical instrument, alongside music inspired by First Peoples, this program asks what it would mean to return to a sacred conception in which humans are a part of nature rather than beings standing outside of its impact.

John Luther Adams, arr. Alex Goodin — The Wind in High Places
I. Above Sunset Pass
Alexander Miller — Glacier Blue
Brent Michael Davids — In Wisconsin Woods
Mason Bates — Red River
Shawn Okpebholo — Fractured Water (World Premiere)
Patrick O’Malley  — Rivers Empyrean (World Premiere)
Austin Wintory, arr. Parker Nelson — Delphinus Delphis from ABZÛ
Kevin Puts — Seven Seascapes
Dan Visconti  — Low Country Haze

View Event →

Piano Trio at Ashley Hall
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

Piano Trio at Ashley Hall

  • Sottile-Thompson Recital Hall at Ashley Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

PERFORMANCE:
September 16, 2019 @ 7:00pm

The Fifth House Ensemble piano trio returns to Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina for a day of educational workshops, masterclasses, and an evening performance featuring the work of Amy Beach, Jennifer Higdon, and Johannes Brahms.

View Event →
Storycatchers Final Performances:
Sep
13
to Sep 14

Storycatchers Final Performances:

TEMPORARY LOCKDOWN FULL SHOW: CONSCIENCE VERSUS THE DOUBLE LIFE

PERFORMANCES:
September 13 - 7:00pm (subject to change)
September 14 - 2:00pm (subject to change)

Fifth House Ensemble joins Storycatchers Theatre's Temporary Lockdown Ensemble for their full performance of Conscience versus the Double Life. Students who are currently housed in the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center have been working since the Winter of 2018 to write, produce, design, and perform this show based on real-life events from a variety of incarcerated youth.

View Event →
Journey LIVE @ Crested Butte Music Festival
Jul
6
7:30 PM19:30

Journey LIVE @ Crested Butte Music Festival

  • Crested Butte Music Festival Center for the Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Fifth House Ensemble teams up with composer Austin Wintory to present an original, interactive live performance of his Grammy-nominated score to the video game Journey. Never quite the same each time it is played, Journey is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person’s life passage and their intersections with others. In this unprecedented collaboration with Sony PlayStation, live musicians respond to the actions of game players in real time on stage for an experience as varied as each potential audience.

TICKET INFO COMING SOON


View Event →
Sundown Session @ Gallagher Way
Jul
2
6:00 PM18:00

Sundown Session @ Gallagher Way

Join Fifth House Ensemble for an outdoor concert as part of the new summer series, Sundown Sessions presented by the International Music Foundation at Gallagher way.

Marc Mellits — String Quartet No. 2
Jacob TV — Lipstick
Johannes Brahms — Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8
Bill Ryan — Blurred
Frederic Rzewski — Les Moutons de Panurge

FREE ADMISSION


View Event →
Unchained Melodies @ Hey Nonny
May
19
4:00 PM16:00

Unchained Melodies @ Hey Nonny

Unchained Melodies, by composer Dan Visconti, is a musical game in the form of ten solo pieces that can be combined in endless permutations ranging from duos and trios all the way up to a full dectet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, bass, piano). Inspired by classical music’s rich tradition of musical puzzles, Unchained Melodies features a series of interactive games played between musicians and audience, inviting participants to play, create, and contribute to a joyous musical celebration in collaboration with Fifth House Ensemble artists.

View Event →
Americana @ Waukegan Chamber Music Society
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

Americana @ Waukegan Chamber Music Society

Fifth House Ensemble showcases contemporary piano trios by Stacy Garrop, Dan Visconti, Donald Crockett, and Paul Schoenfield. Hear each composer’s unique aural landscape, rich with inspirations of film noir, jazz, pop, and folk songs. Explore how these American composers have captured the wildly diverse musical world of the music of our time.

View Event →
LUNA DE CUERNOS AT HEY NONNY
May
5
4:00 PM16:00

LUNA DE CUERNOS AT HEY NONNY

Luna de Cuernos is a modern interpretation of a Puerto Rican folktale inspired by the true stories of residents of Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. In a multimedia collaboration with Sarah Becan, and in partnership with the Association House of Chicago, Fifth House Ensemble presents the story of unity and friendship through music and stunning illustrations.

“… vibrant, full of expression, humor, and mystery … a cohesive artistic product and transformative concert experience.”

— ChicagoMusic.org 

View Event →
AMERICANA AT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

AMERICANA AT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Fifth House Ensemble showcases contemporary piano trios by Stacy Garrop, Dan Visconti, Donald Crockett, and Paul Schoenfield. Hear each composer’s unique aural landscape, rich with inspirations of film noir, jazz, pop, and folk songs. Explore how these American composers have captured the wildly diverse musical world of the music of our time.

View Event →