International Contemporary Ensemble to perform in Portsmouth

International Contemporary Ensemble

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Newport Contemporary Music Series presents the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in Reich and Boulez, a program featuring a rare performance of Pierre Boulez’s Répons. 

This special event will take place Saturday, July 15, at 8 p.m. at Portsmouth High School, 120 Education Lane. 

The performance will include the Newport Contemporary Arts Orchestra led by Paul Van Anglen, as well as Steve Reich’s Variations for Vibes, pianos and strings; Toru Takemitsu’s Rain Spell; and John Williams’ “Going to School” from the hit film, “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

Pierre Boulez’s spatially conceived Répons is written for 24-member chamber ensemble and six soloists – two pianists, a harpist, and three percussion players, including a cimbalom virtuoso – as well as 38 loudspeakers, eight stereo equalizers, 24 audio lines linking the soloists with mixers, and a barrage of digital equipment—computers, synthesizer, MIDI Interfaces and microphone splitters.

Program Information

Reich and Boulez
Saturday, July 15, at 8 p.m.
Portsmouth High School, 120 Education Lane, Portsmouth
Tickets: $45-55


Newport Contemporary Arts Orchestra

Paul Van Anglen, Conductor

International Contemporary Ensemble Soloists:

    Bridget Kibbey, harp

    Nicholas Tolle, cymbalom

    Ross Karre, vibraphone

    Dustin Donahue, xylophone and glockenspiel

    Jacob Greenberg, piano

    Cory Smythe, piano 


Steve Reich: Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings

Toru Takemitsu: Rain Spell

John Williams: “Going to School” from Memoirs of a Geisha

Pierre Boulez: Répons

About the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to 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 has been featured at the Ojai Music Festival since 2015, and has appeared at festivals abroad such as Acht Brücken Cologne and Musica nova Helsinki.

Other recent performance stages include 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 catalogues the ensemble’s performances in a free online streaming video library.

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 youth 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. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.



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