Houston Young Professionals Spotlight — an All-Access Pass that Makes Theater Tickets Crazy CheapBY Catarina Williams // 08.04.17
Paige Myrick, creator of Circle of Fifths which successfully brings millennials into the theater.
Alecia Lawyer, founder of River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) is finding a moment of laughs in 'Friends.'
From last year's season, "Handel's Jephtha," performed by Ars Lyrica, at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts.
"The Moving Image", an upcoming performance by Musiqa at Midtown Art Center.
METdance’s performance "Deep in the Heart" is set for this season.
Dan Visconti's symphony "Legendary Love," performed by River Oaks Chamber Orchestra is a tribute to Christian Kidd. Kidd was the lead singer of the influential Houstonian 70's punk bank The Hates.
Lambert Hall, Opera in the Heights exterior of which "La fille de Regiment," is taking place in October.
Circle of Fifths, with its name derived from the musical term for the 12 pitch classes of major and minor keys, is the young professional’s all-access-pass to chamber music, theater performance and dance productions in Houston. Singer, entrepreneur (and avid marathon runner) Paige Myrick, is the executive director of Opera in the Heights and the group’s founder.
Myrick noticed the demographic of performing arts events crowds was centered around baby boomers. She’s trying to transform the audience with youthful professionals who have a keen interest in the arts. The success of last year’s Circle of Fifths-endorsed productions such as Brentano String Quartet’s Art of Fugue by Da Camera at the Wortham Theater Center had millennials flocking to the theater.
Circle of Fifths members get to select either five performances for $119 or 10 performances for $209, steep reductions off regular tickets prices.
The concept started with Ars Lyrica Houston, Da Camera, Houston Chamber Choir, Mercury, and River Oaks Chambers Orchestra and is growing to include Opera in the Heights, Main Street Theater, The Catastrophic Theater, METdance, and Musiqa this year.
One of the most interesting groups is Myrick’s own Opera in the Heights, a nonprofit organization that promotes emerging performers. Opera in the Heights’ venue is located in historic Lambert Hall, which was erected in 1927.
Circle of Fifths subscriptions include “bring a friend” passes, drink tickets, and opportunities to mix and mingle with other young professional theater goers. Members have formed tight friendships, often grabbing a drink together after performances (Tasting Room at Uptown Park emerged as a popular stop last year).
The group also holds holiday celebrations, which in the past included a Burberry party at The Galleria, where one of the brand’s iconic scarves was raffled off.
Here is Circle of Fifths’ 2017-18 season lineup:
Friday, September 22, 7:30 PM
Ars Lyrica Houston
Thursday, October 5, 7:30 PM
La fille du Regimènt
Opera in the Heights
Friday, November 17, 8:00 PM
The Catastrophic Theater
Tuesday, January 23, 7:30 PM
Charles Ives’s America: Hymns, Songs, Sonatas
Saturday, February 10, 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 24, 7:30 PM
Men on Boats
Main Street Theater
Saturday, March 3, 7:30 PM
The Moving Image
Friday, April 6, 8:00 PM
Deep in the Heart
Thursday April 12, 8:00 PM
Splendors of Italian Baroque
Saturday, May 12, 7:30 PM
Tonight, Tonight: Lenny @ 100 with Jamie Bernstein
Houston Chamber Choir