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International Contemporary EnsembleInternational Contemporary Ensemble Residency

February 1-5

With a modular makeup of 33 leading instrumentalists, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) functions as performer, presenter, and educator. The group's residency will include coaching sessions with the Bienen School's Contemporary Music Ensemble, walk-in sessions for performance students, and performances of student compositions.

Sunday, February 1, 7:30 p.m., Lutkin Hall
ICE concert
David Bowlin, violin; Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello; Jacob Greenberg, piano; James Austin Smith, oboe; Rebekah Heller, bassoon
György Kurtág, Ligatura for Bálint Varga
Dai Fujikura, Calling
Kaija Saariaho, Tocar
Sir Harrison Birtwistle, An Interrupted Endless Melody
Elliott Carter, Epigrams (Chicago premiere)
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Tuesday, February 3, 5 p.m., Music Administration Building Room 109
Composition Colloquium (Lachenmann Serynade, Jacob Greenberg)

Wednesday, February 4, 1 p.m., Lutkin Hall
Education Workshop with International Contemporary Ensemble
The Listening Room, the International Contemporary Ensemble's signature education program for diverse audiences and ages, has found widespread success.  ICE will hold a unique session with Evanston Public School faculty and Northwestern graduate composers to introduce the program, which has all participants working together to compose world premiere pieces for the ICE musicians.  These established and emerging teachers will develop a vocabulary of sounds, translate these sounds into visual symbols, and use those symbols to create graphic musical scores.  Finally, the composing teams will lead ICE musicians in collaborative performances of their work.  By using instinct and teamwork skills, participants will offer their own teaching perspective and musical input to create exciting new work. This event is open to all students and faculty and will include teachers from District 65.

Wednesday, February 4, 7:30 p.m., Lutkin Hall
ICE concert featuring Bienen School student compositions 
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Thursday, February 5, 7:30 p.m., Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
ICE with Contemporary Music Ensemble
Benjamin Bolter, conductor; Jeremy Podgursky, guest composer; Erin Cameron, bass clarinetIannis Xenakis, Échange
Julio Estrada, Memorias para Telcado
Jeremy Podgursky, MindJob
a new work by Wilson Tanner Smith
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