Fifth House Ensemble present “Black Violet: Act I” at Constellation – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – November 17th, 2013
Fifth House Ensemble present "Black Violet: Act I" at Constellation

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Fifth House Ensemble present "Black Violet: Act I" at Constellation

Sun, November 17, 2013

8:30 pm


Chicago, IL

$12.00 - $15.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Fifth House Ensemble present "Black Violet: Act I" at Constellation
Fifth House Ensemble present "Black Violet: Act I" at Constellation


Walter Piston, Divertimento for Nine Players
I. Allegro
II. Tranquillo
III. Vivo

Johannes Brahms, Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano Op. 40
I. Andante
II. Scherzo (Allegro)
III. Adagio mesto
IV. Allegro con brio

Jonathan Keren, Hungary is Far Away*

Heitor Villa Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6
II. Fantasia

Greg Simon, Kites at Seal Rock+

*winner of 5HE 2009 Young Composers Competition
+honorable mention of 5HE 2009 Young Composers Competition

Historical Consultant: Kristen Klebba
Story and Illustrations by Ezra Claytan Daniels

The Artist:
EZRA CLAYTAN DANIELS is a writer and illustrator based in Chicago, IL. His critically acclaimed graphic novel series, The Changers, began a unique comics career peppered with a number of collaborative multimedia projects ranging from video games to animation to feature documentaries. Ezra is also the creator of the popular live art spectacle, The Comic Art Battle, and Loaded Blanks Greetings, a line of fill-in-the-blanks comic-art greeting cards featuring both established as well as up and coming comics artists. Ezra recently collaborated with Chicago-based chamber group Fifth House Ensemble on the narrative concert series, Black Violet, which the Chicago Sun-Times called “a modern classic”. Ezra is currently working on Upgrade Soul, a science fiction graphic novel about an elderly couple and their malformed clones. Upgrade Soul was released in 2012 from Opertoon. For more information on Ezra, please visit

The Story:
BLACK VIOLET takes place during the last major outbreak of the Black Plague in 17th Century London. During this time, it was widely believed that black cats were the source of the disease decimating Europe. They, along with other domestic pets, were systematically rounded up and exterminated in an attempt to contain the spread of contagion. With the resulting lack of natural predators, however, London’s rat population skyrocketed—the same population that was in fact the true carrier the plague.

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…

The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.” Having pioneered the art of narrative chamber music with its signature series Black Violet, The Weaver’s Tales, and In Transit, Fifth House’s innovative programs engage audiences through their connective programming and unexpected performance venues.

5HE is 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.
Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618