Being billed as “a cool performance of hot new music,” this collaboration between the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble Chicago that continues CUBE’s twentieth-anniversary season includes two world premieres by Chicago composers: Sebastian Huydts’ “Sonata Breve” for bassoon and piano—performed by the composer and guest bassoonist Noé Cantú of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra—which is inspired by the bright sunlit days of summer in Barcelona and celebrates the versatile possibilities of the bassoon, and CUBE founder and co-artistic director Patricia Morehead’s “Ladders of Anxiety” for flute, guitar and string trio, which the composer says is “inspired by colorful computer-generated medical charts, not unlike sound-wave files, the piece operates subliminally on the levels of anxiety we all experience as we go about our complex and interactive lives.” Chicago composer and University of Chicago electronic music and composition professor Howard Sandroff’s “Adagio” for piano will be performed by Sebastian Huydts in celebration of Sandroff’s sixtieth birthday and percussionist Vance Okraszewski will perform Los Angeles film and television composer Keith Horn’s “Without Hands” for marimba solo, based on the Rilke poem “Fear” and inspired by Bernard Herrmann’s score for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” Also on the program is the Chicago premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s “Iridule” for oboe and six players, with Patricia Morehead as the soloist, and Iannis Xenakis’ “Dmaathen” for flute and percussion, with Claire Chase as the soloist. (Dennis Polkow)
Sunday, December 9 at Merit School of Music’s Gottlieb Hall, 38 S. Peoria, (312)554-1133. 3pm. $5-$20.