Past Event

OpenICE at Constellation: Cory Smythe and Steve Lehman

OpenICE is a free monthly series exploring the work of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), named “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music,” (New York Times), in intimate environments.

The OpenICE series continues its run at Constellation in March, this time on a Saturday, with saxophonist Steve Lehman and pianist Cory Smythe, who work at the margins of jazz and contemporary music.

Lehman has been lauded for his technical virtuosity and his dense and beautiful compositions. Smythe (who recently won a Grammy Award) has worked with jazz masters such as Greg Osby and important innovators like Tyshawn Sorey, in addition to his one-of-a-kind touch as one of ICE’s star new music pianists.

Together, they present this performance of new music, using the sound explorations of New York composer Alvin Lucier as a jumping-off point.

After the concert, Cory and Steve will be in conversation with Ina Pinkney, the chef and entrepreneur behind the former Ina’s Restaurant and a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune‘s Dining Section.

Reserve your seat today!

About ICE
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced. With a modular makeup of 33 leading instrumentalists performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and new strategies for audience engagement. ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new work and new listeners in the 21st century.


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