Our 600-seat Dorothy Menker Theater is equipped with a mechanically controlled orchestra pit that can be raised and lowered to fit performance needs. Balcony and main floor seating are augmented by four exclusive box seat areas. The theater also features a massive fly tower for elaborate scene changes, and both first- and second-floor lobbies.

Our popular Sunday Salon Series continues for a seventh season of cabaret-style performances in the John and Angeline Oremus Theater. Seven tables ring the stage, and additional theater seating provides an intimate setting to enjoy some of Chicago’s most talented and versatile performers.

For questions regarding our Professional Series, contact BoxOffice@morainevalley.edu or call (708) 974-5500.

Fifth House Ensemble


The Fine and Performing Arts Center brings you virtual workshops and a performance by Fifth House Ensemble (5HE). The events are free and open to all. No tickets or special sign up is required. You can log in using the information provided. If you have any questions, please contact the Moraine Valley Box Office at boxoffice@morainevalley.edu or (708) 974-5500.

About the Ensemble
Praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse,” the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to reach beyond the traditionally perceived limits of classical music. The ensemble’s artistic, educational and civic programs engage theater groups, video game designers, corporate innovators and folk bands to share stories as diverse as the communities it serves.

Reaching 17,000 students annually through its arts-integrated educational programs, Fifth House connects K-12 core curricula to vivid, custom-crafted, and interactive musical experiences which challenge students to share and lead. As an extension of this work, Fifth House enters its fourth year of partnership with Loyola University’s Center for Urban Research and Learning this season, through which the ensemble is in residence at sites serving at-risk youth and adults including Deborah’s Place, Teen Living Programs, Cara Chicago, and Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School at the Chicago Temporary Youth Detention Center. Fifth House also partners with Storycatchers Theatre as part of its residency at the detention center to develop new curriculum culminating in a new theatrical work based on participants’ own experiences.

An established partner and resource to the nation’s top music schools and conservatories, Fifth House launches the careers of emerging artists through entrepreneurship residencies and training programs, including those at Yale College, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Indiana University, Roosevelt University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, UT-Austin, Northwestern University, San Francisco Conservatory, DePaul University and the Colburn School. Recent creative partnerships have included those with The Cleveland Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera. In 2012, Fifth House launched Fresh Inc, a two-week, intensive training program for emerging composers and performers where Fifth House works with participants on building careers in music in line with their own unique vision and values.

Learn more
Visit www.fifth-house.com for more information and for videos of our latest work.

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Crane Group.
National Endowment for the Arts and Illinois Arts Council Agency

Asynchronous Workshops

These free workshops are online and available any time through May 21, 2021, for anyone who wishes to view them.

Journey LIVE
Journey LIVE: Creating Community through Music, Gaming, and Crowdfunding

In 2016, 5HE teamed up with composer Austin Wintory to create the first fully interactive performance version of his Grammy-nominated score to Journey, responsive to live game play. The project was funded on Kickstarter, raising $52,505 from over 1,100 backers worldwide. In this workshop, we discuss the genesis of this project, which sits at the intersection of art, music and technology, as well as how to build community through an effective crowdfunding campaign.

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Chamber Music Rules: A Model for Shared Leadership

A symphony orchestra thrives under the centralized leadership of a conductor, while virtuoso soloists are used to calling their own shots. But chamber music — in which a small group of musicians combine their individual parts into an organic whole without the top-down leadership of a conductor—presents truly unique organizational strategies for accomplishing creative work as a team. In this workshop we explore the building blocks of effective collaboration through the lens of chamber music, discussing selecting a great team, rules of engagement, shared leadership, flexible conversational models, and engaging external partners.

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Artistic Programming

Programming is about so much more than the tasteful selection and ordering of music — yet this is where many program ideas leave off. Are you really telling with your programming and connecting it to your audience in the most effective way? Learn how programming relates to venue and site selection as well as how to pick the right partners both within and outside of the arts. In this workshop we’ll arm you with the right questions to pose to potential partners, explore the role of commissioning, and survey approaches to programming across a variety of spaces both traditional and adventurous. Your artistic programs will never be stale again after this invigorating plunge into sonic storytelling.

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Synchronous Workshop

This is a live, one-time-only, free workshop at the specific date/time listed.

Deep Listening Workshop
Deep Listening Workshop
Monday, April 26, 1-2 p.m.

First pioneered by composer Pauline Oliveros after an inspiring trip to a cistern with a 40-second reverb near Seattle, Deep Listening is a practice with a number of community and education intersections motivated by the idea that making and experiencing music is everyone’s birthright. Through an array of activities including active listening walks, rhythmic machines, improvised text scores, and movement exercises, Deep Listening provides an astonishing array of tools for communal music-making. Strategies for guiding improvised compositions as well as designing musical experiences for participants of all backgrounds will be explored, as we experience how Deep Listening’s emphasis on mindfulness and play can transform people’s sense of agency and bring about new ways of relating to one’s environment.

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This is a one-time, free live stream that is available only at the specific date/time listed.

Rivers Empyrean
Rivers Empyrean
Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m.

At a time when the environment is more threatened than ever with pollution and our life-giving waterways at risk, Fifth House Ensemble traces the life cycle of water from its metaphorical descent from the heavens as rain, to its long journey in streams and rivers informed by conservation experts and ecologists. Featuring a new commission by Fresh Inc Festival alumnus Patrick O’Malley driven by ecological data from Friends of the Chicago River, a new commission by Shawn Okpebholo that celebrates water as a precious resource by transforming it into a musical instrument alongside music inspired by First Peoples, this program asks what it would mean to return to a sacred conception in which humans are a part of nature rather than beings standing outside of its impact. During the 2019-20 season, Fifth House Ensemble co-created public performances, events and educational programs with its organizational partners on the project, including Friends of the Chicago River, the American Indian Center, Wild Mile, Chicago Wilderness, the Sierra Club and the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

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