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George Lewis: Afterword, The AACM (as) Opera | ICE at the MCA

  • Museum of Contemporary Art 11400 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH, 44106 United States (map)

An MCA Stage New Works Initiative presented in association with The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago

A multitude of voices, at once independent and in harmony, all imagining the future of creative music: this vision launches the experimental opera Afterword. Creative music in Chicago is unique, and one of its leading forces is the great black collective AACM: the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, an unexpected trio of collaborators is making a piece that imagines a future legacy. Acclaimed composer, musician, and AACM member George Lewis; media/theater artist Catherine Sullivan; and director Sean Griffin join forces with the trail-blazing new-music group, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), to present a multimedia work that combines chamber opera with real-time improvisation.

Friday, October 16, 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 17, 7:30 pm

Project Lead: Nick Houfek and Levy Lorenzo


ICE’s 2015-16 performances and commissioning activities are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, French American Cultural Exchange (FACE Foundation), the A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, New Music USA, The Amphion Foundation, The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Concinnity Fund, The Casement Fund, the BMI Foundation, the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School of Music, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. ICE is a Yamaha Ensemble.