Fifth House Ensemble + Jason Vieaux
Wednesday, December 13
World Cafe Live: 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
$30 general admission
$20 student with ID
(prices include service fees)
Limitless imagination, powerhouse artistry. The critically acclaimed Fifth House Ensemble joins with Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux to perform Dan Visconti’s “Living Language.” The 30-minute guitar concerto covers a “broad musical landscape” with elements of “prog rock, neoclassicism, heavy metal, Arabian folk music, country blues” and more (San Francisco Chronicle). Additional ensemble and solo guitar works round out an inventive, not-your-standard-classical-music program. Students from Play On, Philly! will open.
The concert is presented by LiveConnections, a nonprofit in residence at World Cafe Live. “These aren’t your typical collaborations. LiveConnections creates synergy between unlikely bedfellows” (Philly Magazine). The critically acclaimed LiveConnections Presents concert series features collaborative concerts that cross musical boundaries, with adventurous artist pairings, brand new commissions and unique community participation.
About The Artists
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, Fifth House’s innovative programs engage audiences through their connective programming and unexpected performance venues.
Bringing its signature connective programming from the stage to the classroom, 5HE develops young audiences through curriculum-integrated interactive concerts and residencies for students grades K-12. This season’s residency sites include Chicago’s Lowell and Stowe Elementary schools. 5HE is currently the ensemble in residence at Music Institute of Chicago, and in 2012 launched fresh inc, a one of a kind chamber music festival that brings together composers and instrumentalists for side-by-side performances, receiving creative presentation and entrepreneurship training. For more information, visit fifth-house.com.
Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” (NPR), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. His latest solo album, “Play,” won the 2015 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Recital highlights include performances at Caramoor, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Ravinia, 92Y, Bard Music, Strings Music Festival, and many others. He has performed as soloist with over 100 orchestras and his passion for new music has fostered premieres by Avner Dorman, Dan Visconti, Vivian Fung, José Luis Merlin, and more. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001. He has received a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award, GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series. Jason Vieaux plays a 2013 Gernot Wagner guitar with Augustine strings. For more information, visit www.jasonvieaux.com.
Play On, Philly! (POP) is an innovative education and social initiative that provides opportunities for personal development to children through the study of music. Inspired by the social development and music education program of Venezuela called El Sistema, POP seeks to enrich the lives of Philadelphia youth by providing daily musical instruction in communities that have little access to music education. POP provides intensive music education to K-12 students, who would typically lack access, as a vehicle for life skills and academic achievement. For 2½ hours every day, students enjoy instrument instruction and ensemble practice completely tuition-free.