Music on the Edge: International Contemporary Ensemble


January 9, 2010 - 8:00pm

Music on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum will continue their highly successful collaboration beginning this January with a concert by the New York/Chicago-based International Contemporary Ensemble.


Tickets in advance though ProArts: general admission $8.50, students and seniors $5. Visit or call 412-394-3353. Tickets at the door: general admission $15, non-Pitt students and seniors, $10.

Update: There have been some changes to the program from what was originally publicized. The revised program for Saturday night is as follows:

Edgar Guzmán: Coincidences? for flute, clarinet, guitar and percussion (2009) 
Philippe Manoury: Last for bass clarinet and marimba (1997)
Elliott Carter: Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux for flute and clarinet (1985)
Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms no. 10 for guitar and tape (1992)
Amy Williams: Cineshape 1 for alto flute and percussion (2003)
Magnus Lindberg: Linea d'Ombra for flute, clarinet, guitar and percussion (1981)

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), described recently in the New York Times as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music” and by the New Yorker as “a powerhouse of new-music programming on a Chicago-New York axis…brilliant and unexpected” is a uniquely structured chamber music ensemble comprising thirty dynamic and versatile young performers who are dedicated to advancing the music of our time. Through innovative programming, inter-disciplinary collaborations, commissions by young composers, and performances in nontraditional venues, ICE brings together new music and new audiences.

ICE's Pittsburgh performance will feature flutist Claire Chase, clarinetist Joshua Rubin, percussionist David Schotzko, and guitarist Daniel Lippel. The program will include a performance of Pitt composer Amy Williams' Cineshape 1 for flute and bass drum, the first in a series of pieces for various instrumental groups that are inspired by films. In the case of Cineshape 1, Williams was inspired by the film Chunhyang, the epic Korean tale of a virtuous woman who is sentenced to death for spurning the Governor’s advances while waiting for her husband to return from his lengthy studies. The film is narrated by a singer and lone drummer using the ancient Korean operatic tradition of pansori—a stylized art form incorporating storytelling, dance and music. There are no direct references or quotations of this powerful traditional music, however, and the film plot is never incorporated programmatically into the piece. The inspiration is more abstract and structural: percussive emphasis of the lyrical/vocal flute line, moments of pentatonicism, and a gradual increase in intensity.

Also on the program are Elliott Carter's Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux, Philippe Manoury's Last, Magnus Lindberg's Linea d'Ombra, and a new work by Reiko Fueting titled Infinite Spring.

Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum present the International Contemporary Ensemble on Saturday, January 9 at The Andy Warhol Museum (Sandusky and General Robinson Streets) at 8 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance through ProArts are $8.50 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Call 412-394-3353 or visit Service fees apply. Tickets at the door are $15 and $10.

Presented by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music in the School of Arts and Sciences, Music on the Edge is co-directed by Pitt faculty composers Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum. The series is devoted to the performance of contemporary music by outstanding visiting artists from around the world.

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