- Fifth House Ensemble
In the past few years Chicago has become a hot spot for upstart classical-music ensembles specializing in the work of new composers and worthy but obscure pieces from the past. Some of these groups are adventurous in more than their repertoire choices: last year, for instance, Fulcrum Point presented George Antheil’s Ballet Mecanique (1924) with a lineup that included three giant airplane propellers. (Not everybody is so faithful to the original staging.) Tonight another of the city’s most interesting groups, Fifth House Ensemble, will perform Olivier Messiaen’s chamber-music classic Quartet for the End of Time (1940) in the Adler’s Sky Theater, against a backdrop of dazzling celestial images from the planetarium’s vast collection.