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Musical Arts Series presents “Fifth House Ensemble’’ on April 25

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Fifth House Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The Fifth House Ensemble will be the final event in the 40th year of the Musical Arts Series. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Fifth House Ensemble combines flute, cello and piano. The Chicago-based 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 Tale, and In Transit, the group’s innovative performances engage audiences through their connective programing and unexpected performance venues.

The program is entitled “Exotic Americas and Beyond” and opens with a trio full of light and bubbly melodies that set the stage for the music to follow.

Each player has a feature work that shares both instrument and personality with the audience.

The program builds to George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale (Vox Balaenae), a semi-staged work where masked performers explore the sounds of their instruments in unexpected ways.

Crumb’s iconic work was the first piece these instrumentalists performed together, years before the forming of Fifth House, and it remains one of the most popular performance pieces.

The Fifth House Ensemble will also present two workshops for all interested artists. “Curriculum Integration on the Assembly Stage” is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 24, in Fine Arts 116. The discussion will include concert design tips, tricks and ideas for the entire process.

“Arts Start-Up” will be presented from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, in Fine Arts 116. The topics will include finding your artistic voice, ways to create business and funding structures, networking and marketing.

As a part of this two-day residency, Southeastern students will be coached by Fifth House musicians and perform one of Fifth House’s signature in-school concerts, entitled “Music Can Tell a Story” at Durant Intermediate School. The performance is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Friday, April 25.

The workshops are also open to the public free of charge.

The Musical Arts Series programs are made possible by generous donations from state and local arts funds, businesses and individuals. For information on becoming a supporter, contact Dr. Tristan Eggener at or 580-745-2240.