International Contemporary Ensemble Events in Chicago

Source: International Contemporary Ensemble.

OpenICE Chicago
December 5 to December 7, 2016
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

OpenICE Chicago continues with free events, all over the city! Three evenings of concerts curated by ICE’s star soloists show their unique perspectives on the repertoire. Open workshops with Polish composer Wojtek Blecharz are also open to the public–get some insight into ICE’s collaborative working process as we design a new project!

Monday 12/5
Chopin Theater — 1543 W. Division St.
1 – 3 pm: Composer workshop #1: with Wojtek Blecharz
7:30 pm: FREE CONCERT — Ricefall (2)
Michael Pisaro: Ricefall (2) (Chicago Premiere)
ICE has recruited a performance force of 16 “rice players” — all non-professional musicians – with eight ICE musicians also participating as instrumentalists. After a successful premiere during OpenICE’s New York season opening, it’s time for Chicago to get a taste of rice!

Tuesday 12/6
Chopin Theater — 1543 W. Division St.
12 – 2 pm: Composer workshop #2: with Wojtek Blecharz
7:30 pm: FREE CONCERT — Duos
Steve Lehman: For McCoy Tyner, Tristan Murail, Anthony Braxton, and Alexander Scriabin for saxophone and piano (ICE commission)
Wojtek Blecharz: Small Talks for accordion reed box and baritone sax
Milton Babbitt: Solo e Duettini for flute and guitar
Vicente Hansen: Blur for bassoon and baritone saxophone (ICE commission)
Anton Webern: Drei Stucke for piano and cello
Lead Curators: Dan Lippel and Cory Smythe

Wednesday 12/7
Preston Bradley Hall at Chicago Cultural Center — 78 E. Washington St.
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Sequences (2016) for flute, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone (ICE commission)
Sabrina Schroeder: He Cuts Snow (2012) for bass flute, bass clarinet, piano, percussion, and cello
Chaya Czernowin: Sahaf (percussion, piano, electric guitar, and saxophone
Liza Lim: Inguz (1996) for clarinet and cello
Anthony Braxton: Composition No. 5 (1968) for solo piano
Sam Pluta: American Tokyo Daydream (2007) for saxophone, guitar, piano, and percussion
Lead Curator: Ryan Muncy
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Katinka Kleijn, cello
Dan Lippel, guitar
Campbell MacDonald, clarinet
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Cory Smythe, piano
Alice Teyssier, flute