Chicago-based new music chamber group Fifth House Ensemble (5HE) will present a program entitled Degenerate Art on Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership (610 S. Michigan Ave). The program, comprised of music that was censored, banned, and propagandized as “degenerate” is presented in collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and sheds new light on works by artists facing oppression under three different oppressive regimes: Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia and American McCarthyism.

The concert is supported by a host of collaborators, some of which include Holocaust Community Services, Spertus Institute and the University of Chicago.

After the performance, 5HE and representatives from each organization will offer a discussion panel on censorship, human rights, and freedom of expression. More information may be found below.

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 curates innovative concert experiences that engage audiences with connective programming and unexpected performance venues.

Bringing that connective programming from the stage to the classroom, 5HE also 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.

​Degenerate Art takes place Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership (610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605). For tickets or for more information, visit

Members of new music chamber ensemble Fifth House Ensemble (photo courtesy of FIfth House Ensemble).

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Fifth House Ensemble to Present "Degenerate Art" at Spertus Institute