NYC’s 5 Boroughs Music Festival to bring together ICE and UpBeat NYC Youth musicians

Posted on: March 27, 2018

The annual Five Boroughs Music Festival in New York City will take place on March 31 and feature side by side performances by musicians from the International Contemporary Ensemble and young musicians from UpBeat NYC Youth, a free music education program in the South Bronx. The program will include ICE musicians in Georges Aperghis’s Rasch for viola and soprano saxophone; Clara Ionnatta’s Limun for violin, viola, and two page turners; Zach Sheets’s from the Silhouette Quarry for violin and bassoon; and Pauline Oliveros’s Thirteen Changes. Musicians from ICE and UpBeat NYC will perform together in Nicole Mitchell’s Inescapable Spiral, commissioned by ICE and premiered at the Ojai Music Festival in 2017. UpBeat NYC students will also present the premiere of a graphic score, and older students will lead the ensemble in an improvised conducted work. Five Boroughs Music Festival, founded in 2007 and led by Jesse Blumberg and Donna Breitzer, has presented more than 50 traditional and contemporary chamber music programs throughout New York City. For more information, visit

Posted March 27, 2018