‘Excelsior’ contemporary music CD release pleases the ear, ignites the imagination
Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble shines in its Cedille Records debut
By David Abrams
Searching for the occasional gem in a program dedicated to contemporary music is much like scratching your way through an instant lottery ticket. Initially, hopes for a winner are high, with some six or so chances to win. But it hardly comes as a shock when you discover you’ve come up empty.