The arts in Houston are overwhelmingly focused on the bigger organizations. Yet, there is an incredibly long and diverse group of performing arts organizations in Houston – how do you pick where to go?
Circle of Fifths, now in its second season, is a young professional’s subscription series spanning music, theater, and dance, and has just added five additional premiere Houston performing arts organizations, totaling 10.
The original five organizations of the Circle of Fifths, Ars Lyrica Houston, Da Camera, Houston Chamber Choir, Mercury, and ROCO, are joining with Opera in the Heights, Main Street Theater, The Catastrophic Theater, METdance, and Musiqa to collaborate in a subscription series designed to attract young professionals.
“It is my personal belief that the arts should engage and enable people to connect and come together,” Paige Myrick Executive Director of Opera in the Heights and Creator of Circle of Fifths said. “This concept is a new approach to an old problem. By giving young professionals the opportunity to access multiple organizations we’re creating a larger, more robust arts community and cultivating new audiences.”
It’s more than just an opportunity to experience the arts, Myrick was telling me. There are additional perks that include discounts, a guest pass, beverages and mix and mingle invitations. The social aspect of attending arts events is definitely a highlight.
A few faces from a recent social event at Circle of Fifths (contributed photos).
The cool thing about Circle of Fifths, is you have a choice in what performances to attend and can pick 5 performances priced at $119, or pick 10 performances at $209. Subscriptions, programming and venue information can be found at co5houston.com.
In the Heights, your wait to experience a bit of the arts is only a few weeks away. Opera in the Heights has just announced its first ever open house. In keeping with the theme of its 22nd season, EMERGE & DISCOVER, Opera in the Heights is giving current and future opera lovers within the Heights community the opportunity discover and learn more about opera.
The entire family is welcome and offerings include what is expected of an open house plus breakfast treats from local restaurants and bakeries, giveaways, popcorn, face-painting, a social media contest (#ohopenhouse), an opera costume dress-up station and photo op, an opera coloring sheet station and subscription and ticket discounts. It will also include free live opera performances every twenty minutes, as well as the chance to meet Opera in the Heights singers.
The open house is on Saturday, August 19 from 9 -11:30 a.m., at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com