Past Event

OpenICE: Katinka Kleijn and David Bowlin

Chicago-based ICE cellist Katinka Kleijn and founding ICE violinist David Bowlin perform a rare duo program. Their collaboration features some ICE composer favorites and new works.

This program will explore a new dimension to the ICElab composer-musician relationship, as well as providing a creative platform for the performers themselves. The works performed will comprise a series of “portraits” of Kleijn and Bowlin, who are longtime friends and collaborators of fifteen years, by several known composers who will include improvisatory elements in their pieces. Kleijn and Bowlin will then create musical portrait vignettes of each other! The program is topped off by the hauntingly powerful and complex String Duo by Sofia Gubaidulina.

Kleijn and Bowlin will also be joined by The Dilettantes for a conversation about the music.


Monte Weber: Portrait for cello solo (WORLD PREMIERE, OpenICE commission)
Composer TBA: Portrait for violin solo (WORLD PREMIERE, OpenICE commission)
Portrait by David Bowlin for Katinka Kleijn, Portrait by Katinka Kleijn for David Bowlin
Sofia Gubaidulina: Rejoice! Freue dich! Sonata for Violin and Cello (1981)
1. Eure Freude wird niemand von euch nehmen
2. Freut euch der Freude
3. Freue dich, Rabbi
4. Und er kehrte in sein Haus zurück
5. Hör auf deine innere Stimme
6. Portraits by David Bowlin and Katinka Kleijn

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.

This program is a part of an OpenICE Marathon on April 30th. Two more concerts will be held at Piano Forte following this one. Visit for more information.


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.