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The Canterbury School Fine Arts Department Will Host Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble

The Canterbury School Fine Arts Department will host Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble (5HE) for a full day of residency activities, culminating in a public performance of Luna de Cuernos, a unique multi-media concert. This groundbreaking performance will take place at the Canterbury High School Summers Auditorium, 3210 Smith Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804 on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. (*pre-performance at 6:30 p.m.) Tickets are on sale now for $20/adults; $10/students. Order tickets online at

*A full-day of residency activities for Canterbury students will take place during the school day, including a graphic notation workshop with older students that allows expression of sounds outside the usual "musical notation" constraints, and a “music as storytelling” workshop for younger students. Concert-goers are invited to join the students before the concert at 6:30 p.m. for a performance of their work from the day’s residency activities.


Adding a creative and unique twist to the traditional chamber music performance, in Luna de Cuernos the group has created a silent movie of sorts by collaborating with writer and artist Sarah Becon to bring to life this story, a modern interpretation of a Puerto Rican folk tale. Becon’s graphic novel is displayed on screen during the performance, accompanied by five members of 5HE. The fusion of powerful visual and auditory elements connects the emotions of the characters onscreen with the live performance on stage.

"5HE’s performance of Luna this past Sunday at Constellation demonstrated the possibilities – and success – of combining music and visual elements into a singular performance. As a quintet, 5HE performed flawlessly and with palpable energy in (Mario) Lavista’s Cinco Danzas Brevas. Blending interdisciplinary art forms can be a treacherous undertaking, but Chicago’s Fifth House Ensembleseems to have a knack for combining music with visual narrative. Becan and 5HE succeeded in creating a cohesive artistic product and transformative concert experience." – Elliot Mandel,


The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble (5HE) is a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.” Defined by its limitless imagination and energy and an insatiable desire to bring chamber music to audiences of all types, 5HE harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to create transformative cross-media performance experiences that bring together elements as diverse as storytelling, physical theatre, graphic novels, and fashion design. With humor and joy, 5HE breathes life into repertoire both established and emerging, equally at home on the most prestigious stages and unexpected venues including aquariums, train stations, and bars. 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: Ravinia, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Mostly Music Series, Waukegan Chamber Music Society, Pritzker Pavilion, Byron Colby Barn, PianoForte Chicago, Live from the Morse/WFMT, WFMT Impromptu, Sunday Salon Series at the Chicago Cultural Center and Rush Hour Concerts at St. James. In addition to public performances, 5HE reaches out to those unable to make it to the concert stage through its MusiCare series, presenting concerts at the Self Help Center and Children’s Memorial Hospital. On tour, 5HE has performed at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the University of Northern Iowa, and the Civic Music Association. Other performances include the Manchester Symphony Society, Concordia University of Ann Arbor, Carthage College, and three world premieres at Illinois Wesleyan University as part of its Sesquicentennial. 5HE also returns to DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, for its second year as Ensemble in Residence.