Fifth House Ensemble plays classical music on the cutting edge. If it's new music by a living composer, it's fair game for the 11-person group. Members of the Chicago-based ensemble will perform a concert entitled "Americana" this Saturday as guests of the Eastman School of Music's Institute for Music Leadership. Violinist Charlene Kluegel, cellist Herine Coetzee Koschak, and pianist Katherine Petersen will play a recital of piano trios by four current American composers. Among them is Fifth House's own Dan Visconti, with "Lonesome Roads." Works by Donald Crockett, Stacy Garrop, and Paul Schoenfield complete the program. The program is tinged with the avant-garde, even while it draws from more colloquial styles like folk and jazz. Also, Costa Rican visual artist Angela Bermúdez has created evocative visual accompaniments for each piece.
The Fifth House Ensemble piano trio will perform Saturday, January 27, at Eastman School of Music's Hatch Recital Hall, 433 East Main Street. 8 p.m. Free. 274-1000; esm.rochester.edu; fifth-house.com.