International Contemporary Ensemble with Carla Kihlstedt and Phyllis Chen Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. 2013

The latest concert in the International Contemporary Ensemble’s residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art presents work produced through the group’s ICElab program—a progressive commission effort that solicits and funds new music from a wide range of composers. Toy-piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen participated in the first ICElab in 2011, and this evening she’ll reprise Chimers, which she wrote then and debuted in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Photography that fall; it was inspired by the chimes in Mozart’s Magic Flute. Violinist, singer, and 2013 ICElab participant Carla Kihlstedt (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Two Foot Yard) will present the Chicago premiere of At Night We Walk in Circles and Are Consumed by Fire, a nine-part song cycle with lyrics derived largely from dreams—both Kihlstedt’s own and those of contributors who submitted material on a Facebook page as she was writing. Chen and Kihlstedt will perform with ICE. —Peter Margasak

Price: $28, $22 MCA members, $10 students

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