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Opera Omaha's ONE Festival

  • Joslyn Art Museum 2200 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68102 (map)

The International Contemporary Ensemble joins Opera Omaha’s One Festival for works by Composer and Collaborator Ellen Reid, Choreographer Chris Emile, and Ensemble member, Artistic Director, and Videographer, Ross Karre. The Ensemble will collaborate with the festival in four programs: Run, One More, For Research Only, and CINEsound.

Run: Ellen Reid
Ellen Reid’s Run, performed on Reid’s installation, Playground, will bring the resonant art sculpture to life in a 15-minute original composition for voice and devised playground instruments. The performance will feature International Contemporary Ensemble artists and ONE Festival soloist Naomi Louisa O’Connell. Run will be free and open to museum guest of all ages during gallery hours.

Music by Ellen Reid
Concept by Ellen Reid
Words by Zackary Drucker
Commissioned by Opera Omaha © 2019

One More:
The One More series will feature Reid+ concerts and Archetype Afterhours. Reid+ Concerts will highlight chamber works of Ellen Reid and her contemporaries with performances by the Holland Community Opera Fellows, Creighton University Chamber Choir, and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. In a more casual setting, Archetype Afterhours will take place in Archetype Coffee and bring a more personal exploration of the musical worlds and artistic pulse of the festival. The evening will be unscripted, unplanned, and will feature festival artists.

March 30, 9:30pm: Archetype Afterhours-ONEmore: OpenICE

Erin Gee: Mouthpiece XXIV
James Tenney: Saxony

Performed by:
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Ross Karre, percussion

April 6th, 9:30pm: Archetype Afterhours-ONEmore: OpenICE
Kelley Sheehan: In the Words Of
Nathan Davis: Interstitial Strategies
Karin Wetzel: Amorphose 2
Clara Warnaar: Trying Kindly
Gity Razaz: Shadow Lines
Jessie Cox: Quantify

Katinka Kleijn, cello
Dan Lippel, guitar
Clara Warnaar, percussion
Zach Good, clarinet

For Research Only: Chris Emile
For Research Only, curated and choreographed by Chris Emile, brings the audience behind the scenes into the creation process of a work, skewing the lines of realistic/rehearsed theatre. In this cross-disciplinary work of contemporary dance, live music, and projection mapping, the performers will confront the audience with a new reality. Ensemble members include percussionists Clara Warnaar and Ross Karre.

CINEsound: Ross Karre
CINEsound, curated by Ross Karre, is an operatic film series featuring Midnight Showing, Silents in Concert, and Sights on Sound. CINEsound explores the multi-faceted dimensions of music and sound and how they interact with the world in a digital age. The cinematheque style series invites the audience to an immersive experience, featuring live instrumentalists interpreting stories through sound, in accompaniment to classic, film noir, and documentary style films. In partnership with Film Streams and International Contemporary Ensemble, these uniquely curated cinema experiences promise an exciting merger of compositions, sounds, and live scoring with gems of the silver screen. Tickets are available for purchase at

Please see FESTIVAL WEBSITE for detailed calendar and ticket/RSVP information.


Performances and commissioning activities during the 2018-19 concert season are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, 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, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The 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.