Fifth House Ensemble

The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.” Defined by limitless imagination, the ensemble engages curiosity to create unexpected connections with artistic collaborators and audiences of all types, breathing life into repertoire both established and emerging. Over the last decade, the ensemble has engaged theater groups, visual artists, animators, living composers, astronomers, folk musicians and corporate innovators through transformative cross-media performance experiences for audiences of every type.

As part of its 2016-2017 season, Fifth House Ensemble (5HE) celebrates the release of Nedudim, its latest release on Cedille Records, with Mediterranean folk band Baladino. It has been praised as “an impeccable album with an extraordinary array of songs from Spain’s Jewish diaspora and the best of contemporary chamber music” by World Music Central. The ensemble performs Dan Visconti’s Soundings at the inaugural Ear Taxi Festival, and will tour with Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie performing Mills’ Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra. 5HE visits Mount Royal University (Calgary, AB) with Journey, an interactive arrangement for 5HE of Austin Wintory’s Grammy-nominated score responsive to live game play; and Concordia University (Ann Arbor, MI) with Voices from the Dust Bowl, a collaboration with the Chicago bluegrass band Henhouse Prowlers and composer Steven Snowden that engages worker stories from the Library of Congress’s archives and from worker rights organizations nationwide. 5HE also visits The Driehaus Museum, Carolina Strings Academy, the Eastman School of Music, DePauw University’s 21CMPosium, and the Cleveland Institute of Music for performances, training workshops, and residency activities this season.