“Fifth House Ensemble combines music with social media” — In Transit: #wink WBEZ preview and interview

Fifth House Ensemble combines music with social media

by Joe DeCeault | Feb. 20, 2012





Fifth House Ensemble performs on ‘Afternoon Shift’ at WBEZ from WBEZ on Vimeo.

Less than a decade ago, social media forms like Facebook, Twitter and others were non-existent.  Yet today, they’re as ubiquitous as, say, music in our lives.  Both music and social media serve as narrative forms, in many senses.  And, each often play a role in our own individual (and group) narratives.  We use them both to help tell the stories of our lives.

Chicago chamber group Fifth House Ensemble (5HE) brings together these forces in their latest series, In Transit.  The multi-media series takes place in four stories, each uniquely identified by its respective hashtag:  #undercoverhero, #thisrocks, #wink, #iwitness.


For #wink, the latest story in the series, 5HE merges mostly mid-century classical music with the drudgery of online dating to tell the tale of a lawyer who seemingly has all aspects of her life in order, but for a partner to share it with.

Members of Fifth House Ensemble join Afternoon Shift’s Steve Edwards to talk about In Transit, and to perform excerpts from “#wink,” the third story in the 4-part series.

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