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Houston Young Professionals Spotlight — an All-Access Pass that Makes Theater Tickets Crazy Cheap

BY // 08.04.17

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).

Holiday Gifting

  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Casa di Lino
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss
  • Nocturne Studio
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch

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
Sweet Philomela
Ars Lyrica Houston

Thursday, October 5, 7:30 PM
La fille du Regimènt
Opera in the Heights

Friday, November 17, 8:00 PM
Rhinoceros
The Catastrophic Theater

Tuesday, January 23, 7:30 PM
Charles Ives’s America: Hymns, Songs, Sonatas
Da Camera

Saturday, February 10, 5:00 PM
Legendary Love
ROCO

Saturday, February 24, 7:30 PM
Men on Boats
Main Street Theater

Saturday, March 3, 7:30 PM
The Moving Image
Musiqa

Friday, April 6, 8:00 PM
Deep in the Heart
METdance

Thursday April 12, 8:00 PM
Splendors of Italian Baroque
Mercury

Saturday, May 12, 7:30 PM
Tonight, Tonight: Lenny @ 100 with Jamie Bernstein
Houston Chamber Choir

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