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OpenICE in Chicago: December 5-7

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OpenICE returns to Chicago with a three-day series of free programming from December 5 to 7 including daily concerts (7:30pm each evening) and two open workshops with composer Wojtek Blecharz, focusing on the exploratory path to creating his new work to be premiered next season. 


Concert 1: RICEFALL
Monday, December 5 — 7:30pm, free
The Chopin Theater (1543 West Division St)

Michael Pisaro: Ricefall (2) 

Pisaro's 60-minute work features a collaboration with sixteen “rice players,” experimenting with the percussive nature of grains of rice falling on different mediums, performing side by side with eight ICE members. Led by Greg Stuart, with special guests: Naomi Beckwith, Ben Bolter, Arlene Dunn, Larry Dunn, Leslie Hull, Ryan Keesling, Maciej Lewandowski, Will McDaniel, Chelsea Ross, Jason Ticus. 


Tuesday, December 6 — 7:30pm, free
The Chopin Theater (1543 West Division St)

Heartbroken by the recent loss of Pauline Oliveros, one of our closest and dearest collaborators, we will take an evening to celebrate and remember her life through a one-hour portrait concert. This event is curated by Dan Lippel (guitar) and Cory Smythe (piano) with Alice Teyssier (flute/voice), Campbell Macdonald (clarinet), Rebekah Heller (bassoon), Ryan Muncy (saxophone), Ross Karre (percussion), and Katinka Kleijn (cello).


Concert 3: DRIFT
Wednesday, December 7 — 7:30pm, free
Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Sequences (2016) for flute, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone (ICE commission)
Wojtek Blecharz: Small Talks for accordion reed box and bari sax
Anton Webern: Drei Stucke for piano and cello
Chaya Czernowin: Sahaf for percussion, piano, electric guitar, and saxophone
Liza Lim: Inguz (1996) for clarinet and cello
Sam Pluta: American Tokyo Daydream (2007) for saxophone, guitar, piano, and percussion


Open workshops with composer Wojtek Blecharz will be held 12/5 from 1-3pm, and 12/6 from 12-2pm at the Chopin Theater. Everyone is invited to join ICE as we publicly kick off a large-scale collaboration with this remarkable early career composer. 

OpenICE Chicago is made possible through lead support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, alongside generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.