Concerts & Events

Sunday, May 1, 2016  ♦  3:00 PM

Fifth House Ensemble and Henhouse Prowlers Present: Voices from the Dust Bowl

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

  • Voices from the Dust Bowl

    After the performance, stick around for a panel discussion with representatives from Interfaith Worker Justice, which has been organizing, educating and advocating for worker rights since 1996. You'll have the opportunity to learn more about the issues that today's workers face and contribute to the discussion.

    5HE premieres Voices from the Dust Bowl by Steve Snowden as part of a concert collaboration with the Chicago-based bluegrass band Henhouse Prowlers supported by New Music USA. Alongside works by living American composers, we'll explore some original arrangements of classic Woody Guthrie songs and forgotten melodies from the Alan Lomax Archive and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. To highlight the lasting impact of this pivotal period in American history, we partner with Interfaith Worker Justice, which has been organizing, educating and advocating for worker rights since 1996. Stories from their 27 centers nationwide will share the stage with the voices of migrant workers from the Dust Bowl era captured in Snowden's new work.

    Voices from the Dust Bowl was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Land Trusts, Anonymous

    Fifth House Ensemble

    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.

    "the superb local classical music group Fifth House Ensemble launches another of its beguiling conceptual, multi-media excursions, which function as subversive means to get people to hear classical music too often ignored outside of high ticket venues." - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

    Henhouse Prowlers

    Eleven years in the making, Chicago's Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads - playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers - The Prowlers' live show leaves no one wanting.
    Resting on no haunches, the Prowlers just released a new album “Still On That Ride” in the summer of 2015. Along with their cover of the Nigerian pop hit “Chop My Money,” the album consists of 13 original songs with each member collaborating in contribution. The band is beyond excited to put out their most self-authored work to date!

    The boys have worked with the US State Department on four separate trips in ten different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as Russia, and put yet another notch in their European belt this summer, touring all over the Benelux and beyond. Continuing to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence - with the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000