Back by popular demand, Fifth House Ensemble is thrilled to open the season with the second act of our acclaimed Black Violet series! Developed with acclaimed writer and illustrator Ezra Claytan Daniels, Black Violet melds vivid graphic novel imagery and riveting narrative with the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, John Harbison, Ernest Bloch, and Caleb Burhans, title track composer of Fifth House Ensemble’s recently released album, Excelsior.
Our story follows Violet, a young black house cat living comfortably in London. When her owner leaves home to do her part to help ease the suffering of London’s afflicted, and her caretaker falls prey to the plague, Violet is forced to venture out into the world for the first time in her life. In her search for her owner, Violet faces unimaginable dangers, crosses paths with bizarre characters, and forges unexpected friendships, all amidst one of the most terrifying passages of London’s history.
Wrap up your weekend by joining us Sunday, October 5 at Constellation, or make Tuesday, October 7 a mid-week night out with dinner at Act One Pub and a new signature Black Violet cocktail at Mayne Stage!
These performances are sponsored in part by Goose Island Brewery and Whole Foods Market Chicago. Join us before both performances for complimentary appetizers from Whole Foods Market, and at Mayne Stage for complimentary tastings of Matilda, one of Goose Island’s award-winning Belgian Style Reserve Ales. These special events will take place beginning at 8:00pm at Constellation, and at 6:30pm at Mayne Stage. VIP ticket holders at Mayne Stage will also enjoy one complimentary bottle of Matilda or Sofie from Goose Island – now that’s a reason to upgrade!
Come early, meet the musicians, and sample these award-winning ales paired with expertly curated appetizer platters. We hope to see you there!