2014-04-26 San Francisco, CA — For one morning, the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) will thrill an upcoming generation of young musicians and composers at the San Francisco Community Music Center.

In 2013, they were Ensemble-in-Residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. That same year, they were Artists-in-Residence at the Mostly Mozart Festival of Lincoln Center. And for one morning in 2014, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) will thrill an upcoming generation of young musicians and composers at the San Francisco Community Music Center.

April 7, 2014 San Francisco — On Saturday, April 26th, for one morning, the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) can be found at the San Francisco Community Music Center. The ensemble, under the direction of 2012 MacArthur fellow Claire Chase, will collaborate with Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC) and composer Danny Clay to present a 90-minute educational workshop to high school music students in San Francisco. At this workshop event, students will grapple with the question, “What is a composer?” Students’ ideas on the topic will be challenged by the instructors, who will provide some unexpected answers. The (CSIC) In-Residence Composer for this event, Danny Clay, will present briefly on his work while ICE performs and demonstrates the art of translating notes on a page into sound. The workshop leads students to compose their own musical scores in graphic notation, which ICE, joined by students on various percussion instruments, will perform.

ICE’s San Francisco stop is one of four on their collaborative tour with CSIC, which has also seen them present this workshop to students in Chicago and New York, and which will culminate in a workshop event in Washington D.C. next month. These workshops are generously funded by the The Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Project and Fund.

Please visit http://www.composersandschools.com/events/csic-ice-workshops/ for more information about this event. More information about those involved may be found at http://iceorg.org/ (ICE), http://www.composersandschools.com/ (CSIC), and http://www.dclaymusic.com/home.html (Danny Clay.)

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Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC) launched in 2011. Led by CSIC Director Lisa Oman, it is the only organization in the United States dedicated to providing high school age students the opportunity to work with a professional composer. Through music collaborations, students are offered invaluable insight into the career of music composition.