GAMBIER — Innovative music and video spectacle will merge in an extraordinary concert Friday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in Kenyon College’s Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive. The chamber group Fifth House Ensemble will perform the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for the video game “Journey,” while an actual game unfolds on a large screen overhead and the musicians respond to the gamers’ decisions in real time.

The 13-piece chamber ensemble, under the direction of Austin Wintory, will play Wintory’s original soundtrack for “Journey,” a PlayStation game in which players experience a person’s life passage. The composition was nominated in 2013 for a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, the first time that music for a video game had been nominated.

This free performance, titled “Journey LIVE,” is part of the Kenyon College Department of Music’s Gund Concert Series. Mirroring the synergy between score and action in the video game experience, the arrangement to be performed at Kenyon, prepared by Patrick O’Malley, is constructed in short trigger points that allow the ensemble to be responsive to the actions of game players in real time. In this live performance, game players will join the ensemble, with the game’s stunning visuals projected on screen as the ensemble seamlessly underscores their journey.

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. More information about the ensemble is available at http://www.fifth-house.com.

This free performance is sponsored by the Gund Concert Series in partnership with the Department of Studio Art’s Mesaros Art Fund and the Office of the Provost. Additional support is provided 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 Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group.

Rosse Hall is an accessible venue. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and no tickets are required. For more information, call 740-427-5197.

 

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