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Winter OpenICE Series at Abrons Arts Center

  • Abrons Arts Center 466 Grand Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)

Free OpenICE events continue this February at the Abrons Arts Center!  ICE is back in the historic Playhouse for performance events and conversations with composers.

Feb. 7  6pm:  In Conversation: Phyllis Chen - Music Boxes
ICE will provide an all-ages workshop on how to make music boxes with toy-instrument specialist and ICE pianist-composer, Phyllis Chen. Phyllis and members of ICE will guide participants in the process of composing for customized music box. Together, we will make a musical mosaic of music box compositions which will be amplified and echo throughout the Abrons Arts Center Playhouse. Participants will have access to a recording of our collective composition on the ICE library:

Feb. 8  7:30pm  CONCERT 1:  to and fro

Eva-Maria Houben: Litanies for guitar and piano
Bernadette Speach: Chosen Voices for toy piano and guitar
Hanna Hartman: Message from the Lighthouse for percussion
Van Stiefel: Red Glare As Prophet for trumpet and guitar
Danny Clay: bebung for open instrumentation 

Feb. 10  7:30pm:  CONCERT 2: Push/Pull

Ellen Reid: Push/Pull for flute, oboe, violin, cello, piano, and percussion  
Reiko Fueting: light, asleep for violin and piano  
Karen Keyhani: Night Monologues for solo harp
Rebecca Saunders: to and fro for oboe and violin
Jonathan Dawe: A Sad Philosophy and Baroque Love Song for guitar and piano
Elliott Carter: Trilogy for oboe and harp
     I. Bariolage
     II. Inner Song
     III. Immer Neu

Feb. 11  1pm:  In Conversation: Marianthi Papalexandri
Come hear one of today's most innovative instrument-building composers speak about her methods and body of work.  Marianthi Papalexandri, a longtime friend of ICE and faculty at Cornell University, gives New York audiences a rare in-depth glimpse at her instruments, and speaks about her composing process.


OpenICE is made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, 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 Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.