From International Contemporary Ensemble: “This week ICE at Miller Theatre and peak-performances”

From International Contemporary Ensemble

Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up

Wednesday, September 26, and Friday, September 28 at 8 PM
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s newest opera focuses on a family of homesteaders in their pursuit of the American Dream on the Nebraskan prairie. Join us as we bring one of the New York Times’s “Six Classical Works to See this Week” to Miller Theater. Limited seating still available.

Photos by James Matthew Daniels. March 2018, Opera Omaha.


ICE and The Crossing: National Anthems

Saturday, September 29 at 8 PM
Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University
1 Normal Ave
Montclair, NJ 07043

Where does patriotism end and nationalism begin? Are there universal values that transcend national borders? Our string section joins The Crossing Choir once again, this time at Peak Performances in Montclair, NJ. Join Peak Performances’ executive director Jedediah Wheeler, composer David Lang, conductor Donald Nally, and the musicians to share reflections and responses immediately following the performance.

Ted Hearne: Consent
Ted Hearne: What it might say
David Lang: the national anthems
Caroline Shaw: To the Hands


MATA Honors Claire Chase
Friday, November 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM
India House
1 Hanover Square
New York, NY 10004

On November 2 in New York, ICE founder Claire Chase will be celebrated for her contributions to contemporary music at the annual MATA Honors Benefit. She joins a prestigious list of previous MATA honorees, including Philip Glass, the Kronos Quartet, Merce Cunningham, and Alan Gilbert. If you’d like to share in honoring Claire’s work, tickets for the dinner and performance are available here.

Proving Up: Album Kickstarter

The album for Proving Up is in its final stages! Check out Missy Mazzoli’s Kickstarter, and consider contributing here.
All donations are tax-deductible.

Based in New York City, MATA’s mission is to present, support, and commission the music of early career composers. Founded by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky, and Lisa Bielawa in 1996 to address the lack of presentation opportunities for unaffiliated composers, MATA has grown into the world’s most sought-after performance opportunity for early career composers.

See the full article here .


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The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective that is transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator, and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The ensemble’s 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored ICE’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music’s present.

A recipient of the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, ICE was also named the 2014 Musical America Ensemble of the Year. The group currently serves as artists-in-residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, and previously led a five-year residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. ICE was featured at the Ojai Music Festival from 2015 to 2017, and at recent festivals abroad such as gmem-CNCM-marseille and Vértice at Cultura UNAM, Mexico City. Other performance stages have included the Park Avenue Armory, The Stone, ice floes at Greenland’s Diskotek Sessions, and boats on the Amazon River.

New initiatives include OpenICE, made possible with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which offers free concerts and related programming wherever ICE performs, and enables a working process with composers to unfold in public settings. DigitICE, a free online library of over 350 streaming videos, catalogues the ensemble’s performances. ICE’s First Page program is a commissioning consortium that fosters close collaborations between performers, composers, and listeners as new music is developed. EntICE, a side-by-side education program, places ICE musicians within youth orchestras as they premiere new commissioned works together; inaugural EntICE partners include Youth Orchestra Los Angeles and The People’s Music School in Chicago. Summer activities include Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, in which young professionals perform with ICE and attend workshops on topics from interpretation to concert production. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE. Read more at

Claire Chase, Founder*

William McDaniel, Executive Director
Rebekah Heller, co-Artistic Director*
Ross Karre, co-Artistic Director and Director of*
Jacob Greenberg, Director of Recordings and Digital Outreach*
Levy Lorenzo, Engineer and Technical Director*
Ryan Muncy, Director of Institutional Giving and co-Director, OpenICE*
Joshua Rubin, Artistic Director Emeritus*
Karla Brom, General Manager
Maciej Lewandowski, Director of Production
Bridgid Bergin, Development Associate
Alice Teyssier, flute*

  • ICE musician


Bridget Kibbey, harp
Campbell MacDonald, clarinet
Claire Chase, flute
Cory Smythe, piano
Dan Peck, tuba
Daniel Lippel, guitar
David Bowlin, violin
David Byrd-Marrow, horn
Erik Carlson, violin
Gareth Flowers, trumpet
Jacob Greenberg, piano
James Austin Smith, oboe
Jennifer Curtis, violin
Josh Modney, violin and viola
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Katinka Kleijn, cello
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello
Kyle Armbrust, viola
Levy Lorenzo, percussion
Maiya Papach, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello
Mike Lormand, trombone
Nathan Davis, percussion
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
Nicholas Masterson, oboe
Nuiko Wadden, harp
Peter Evans, trumpet
Peter Tantsits, tenor
Phyllis Chen, piano
Randall Zigler, bass
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Ross Karre, percussion
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Steven Schick, Artist-in-Residence
Tony Arnold, soprano
Wendy Richman, viola

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