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Youth Performance: Fifth House Ensemble, Journey LIVE

Praised by The New York Times for "conviction, authority and finesse," Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble teams up with composer Austin Wintory to present an original, interactive live performance of his GRAMMY-nominated score to the video game Journey. Never the same each time it's played, Journey is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person's life passage and their intersections with others. 

The whole undertaking is marked by spirited music-making of the finest kinds.

San Francisco Chronicle

Related Lessons: Life Lessons Learned Playing Video Games; The Hero's Journey in Literature, Theater, and Video Games; The Video Game Development Process

About Youth Performances

Through our Campus and Community Engagement program, Texas Performing Arts offers daytime youth performances especially designed to make a strong impression on youth in grades 7-12. Youth Performances are available free of charge for educators and students in Austin and the Central Texas area. Educational materials are provided in advance and there is a Q & A session for students to ask the performers questions following the performance. Seating is limited to 150 per school. Special requests may be allowed for larger groups.

Reservations are required.

Perform from Fifth House Ensemble on Vimeo.

Fun Facts:

  • 5HE is currently an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Music Institute of Chicago.
  • Journey’s development lasted over three years and was the longest project composer Austin Wintory spent developing.
  • Journey received a Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media in 2012, becoming the first video game score to receive a Grammy nomination.
  • Over the last decade, the ensemble has collaborated with theater groups, visual artists, animators, composers, astronomers, folk musicians and corporate innovators for cross-media performances.
  • A member of the Illinois Arts Council’s Arts-in-Education Roster, 5HE has presented performances and residencies at Chicago public schools and the Chicago Cultural Center.