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Fifth House Ensemble will perform RaviniJune 16.

Fifth House Ensemble will perform at Ravinia on June 16.

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Updated: July 16, 2012 6:14AM

Prepare for a surprise when the Fifth House Ensemble appears in Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia on June 16. The program is the culminating event of the group’s two-week pilot project titled fresh inc., with developing composers at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., where the musicians are in residence.

“We’ll play works by 12 composers, college through doctoral candidates,” said Adam Marks, pianist with the 10-member group. “The program will evolve as we go along.”

Fifth House also is affiliated with Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play program in the Chicago Public Schools. “This year we made 15 visits to the New Field School in Rogers Park,” Marks said.

The name Fifth House comes from the astrological houses and is the house of creativity and pleasure. In addition to Marks, artists are Melissa Snoza, flute; Crystal Hall, oboe; Jennifer Woodrum, clarinet; Karl Rzasa, bassoon; Matt Monroe, horn; Drew Williams, violin; Clark Carruth, viola; Herine Coetzee Koschak, cello; and Eric Snoza, double bass.

The variety of instruments makes programming interesting. The ensemble will definitely play “Silver Dagger” by Stacy Garrop of Evanston and “When the Bow Breaks” by David Ratkowski of Boston, both recognized composers.

“David’s title refers to the violin bow,” Marks continued, “and Drew Williams, our violinist, will solo.

“We’ll premiere a dozen more works and all the composers will be present,” he promised. “We just don’t know the names of the pieces yet. It will be a surprise.”

♦ Fifth House Ensemble, 6 p.m. June 16, Ravinia Fesival, Lake-Cook and Green Bay roads, Highland Park. Tickets, $10 reserved (no lawn seats). Call (847) 266-5100;

Dorothy Andries is a local free-lance writer.

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