Fifth House Ensemble Makes Music an Interactive Experience at Texas Performing Arts

Fifth House Ensemble Makes Music an Interactive Experience at Texas Performing Arts

You wake alone, surrounded by miles of burning, sprawling desert, and soon discover the looming mountaintop that is your goal. Faced with rolling sand dunes, age-old ruins, caves, and howling winds, your passage will not be an easy one. A cloaked avatar, you travel and explore this ancient, mysterious world alone, or with a stranger you meet along the way. While the goal is to get to the mountaintop, the experience is the discovery of who you are, the story of this place, and your purpose.

The Chicago-based 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. Described as "the most beautiful game of its time" by IGN, critics have called Journey one of gaming's crowning achievements. It is the fastest selling game to date on the Playstation Network.

Never 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, live musicians respond to the actions of game players in real time on stage. Game players have been pre-selected.

Praised by The New York Times for its "conviction, authority, and finesse,"

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.

An established partner and resource to the nation's top music schools and conservatories, Fifth House launches the careers of emerging artists through entrepreneurship residencies and training programs, including those at Yale College, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Indiana University, Northwestern University, DePaul University, and the Colburn

School. Fifth House continues its creative partnerships with The Cleveland Institute of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra this season, and begins new

initiatives with Roosevelt University and The Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In 2012, Fifth House launched fresh inc, a two-week, intensive training program for emerging composers and performers where Fifth House works with participants on building careers in music in line with their own unique, vision and values.

In addition to $10 tickets for primary, secondary, and college students, Texas Performing Arts is now offering a limited number of $12 tickets to active and retired military personnel for all 2017-2018 Essential Series performances (excludes Broadway and special engagements). A military ID is required. For a schedule of upcoming 2017-2018 season performances, please visit TexasPerformingArts.org.


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