OpenICE: Concerts and Conversations
OpenICE is a free, monthly concert series, in partnership with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), expanding the boundaries of and audiences for classical music.
Saturday, November 14th at Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery:
ICE kicks off its second season in partnership with Illinois Humanities to present this special double-header at Corbett vs. Dempsey gallery, presenting new works by two of ICE’s founding members.
Saturday, December 19th at the Hideout:
Lines and Nightmares
The new season of OpenICE, in partnership with Illinois Humanities, continues with this incredible pairing of three of Chicago’s most dynamic performer collectives working at the borders of music and theatre, ICE, Mocrep, and The Dilettantes.
Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Uptown Underground:
Night and Snow
Rebekah Heller and Michael Nicolas explore the sonic possibilities of the cello and bassoon, both as solo instruments and as duo partners, in this hour-long show featuring the music of Olga Neuwirth and Dai Fujikura.
Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Chopin Theater:
The Threshing Floor
ICE dream team Claire Chase (flute), Ryan Muncy (saxophone), Ross Karre (percussion), and Levy Lorenzo (electronics) bring Mauricio Pauly’s “The Threshing Floor” and other new works featuring radical new sounds.
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the Promontory:
The three cellos of ICE (Katinka Kleijn, Michael Nicolas, and Kivie Cahn-Lipman) present works for violoncello trio, duo, and solo. The repertoire spans from Jacobean England to the twenty-first century, including world premiere performances of music by composers Mario Diaz de Leon and Vincent Calianno.
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Promontory:
Katinka Kleijn and David Bowlin
Founding ICE violinist David Bowlin and Chicago-based ICE cellist Katinka Kleijn perform a rare duo program. The works performed will comprise a series of “portraits” of Kleijn and Bowlin, who are longtime friends and collaborators, by several known composers who will include improvisational elements in their pieces. The program is topped off by the hauntingly powerful and complex String Duo by Sofia Gubaidulina.
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Promontory:
This unique program, titled “Untempered,” explores music by composers who play in the nooks and crannies of musical tuning systems. Integrating phenomenon such as beatings and pitch discrepancies inherent in instrument design, composers Larry Polansky, Peter Adriaansz, and Karola Obermueller pose an outsider lineage in modern composition, opening our awareness of the acoustic realities and necessities of music. Check out the New York Times review of this show here.
Due to schedule changes, the June 19th OpenICE event has been cancelled.
More about OpenICE
OpenICE is a program designed, in partnership with ICE, to bring every aspect of ICE’s artist-curated and ensemble-commissioned music-making—performances, commissions, videos, workshops, hands-on educational activities, blogs, and community gatherings, as well as ICE’s work behind the scenes—out into the open for the benefit of new audiences, and all for free. ICE’s 2015-16 performances in Chicago are made possible by generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, New Music USA, The Amphion Foundation, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, the BMI Foundation, the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School of Music, the National Endowment for the Arts, and through a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.