The International Contemporary Ensemble recently was awarded honors from the American Music Center and Chamber Music America/ASCAP. ICE will receive the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award, which recognizes those whose contribution to music “is of significant promise now and for the future,” on May 3 at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York City. Previous recipients include cellist Matt Haimovitz, composer Derek Bermel, and the chamber ensemble eighth blackbird. Chamber Music America/ASCAP has also given ICE its Award for Adventurous Programming, an honor it will share with the So Percussion ensemble; the award will be presented at Chamber Music America’s 23rd annual conference on January 17, 2010, at the Westin Hotel Times Square in New York City. The award is given to chamber music groups for innovative programming and commitment to presenting new works. ICE received the same award from Chamber Music America/ASCAP in 2005. The 30-member International Contemporary Ensemble, founded in 2001, has chapters in Chicago and in Brooklyn, New York, and performs approximately 50 concerts a year with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations and new presentation and production models.
Posted January 6, 2010