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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

September 11, 2010 – June 4, 2011

As the first MCA Stage ensemble-in-residence, ICE embarks on the the first year of an unprecedented three-year project. This year features three distinct programs: the Roots & Return concert (September 11); a portrait concert, featuring John Luther Adams (February 26); and an ICE Lab concert, featuring newly commissioned works by Nathan Davis, Marcos Balter, and Du Yun (June 4).

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), hailed for their “fired-up performances” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), was founded in 2001 in Chicago, and over the past nine years has established itself as one of the leading musical ensembles of its generation, as well as one of the most innovative young arts organizations in the US. Described by the New York Times as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music,” ICE was winner of the 2010 Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center and the 2010 ASCAP/CMA Award for Adventurous Programming. ICE performs more than fifty concerts a year throughout the United States and abroad, has commercially released six acclaimed albums, and will give concerts this summer at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the Darmstadt Festival in Germany. A champion of music by young composers, ICE has also given more than 400 world premieres by composers under the age of 35.

Purchase Abandoned Time: International Contemporary Ensemble at the MCA Store: $13.95 ($12.56 for MCA members)