Past Event

OpenICE: ICE Cellos, featuring The Dilettantes

Cello paintingCall it what you will – experimental, avant-garde, new – but the music of the critically acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is sure to challenge, engage, and challenge your notions of what music can be.

The three brilliant ICE cellists unite! Featuring the cello in its modern magnificence, this program begins with a commissioned work for viola da gamba, and ends with all three cellists playing together for TWO local premieres. Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Katinka Kleijn, and Michael Nicolas together will become a six-armed shiva, inspiring worship of their glorious instrument!





  • Mario Diaz de LeónSumna for solo viola da gamba (2015)
  • Charles WuorinenCello Variations II for solo cello (1975)
  • Kaija SaariahoPetals for solo cello and electronics (1988)
  • Vincent CaliannoNotes on the Deliverance Machine for three violoncelli and pre-recorded electronics (2016, WORLD PREMIERE)
  • Amadeus Julian ReguceraOpen for three cellos and live electronics (2014)
  • Mario Diaz de LeónNew Work for three cellos (2016, WORLD PREMIERE)

If you’d like to dine at THE PROMONTORY after the event, make a reservation via phone at 312.801.2100. Learn more at


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.


From live games to interactive discussions, The Dilettantes specialize in crafting distinctive, immersive experiences. Their projects can be narrative-based, structurally experimental, or anywhere in between, but they are all linked by their steadfast belief in the value of live events and face-to-face interactions. Through their work they explore the nature of what’s joyful, unexpected and necessary about being in a room with other human beings.

If you require any arrangements to fully participate, please let us know via email or call (312) 422-5580 at least 72 hours prior to the event.