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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, March 20, 2014

2014-03-19T00:00:00Z 2014-03-19T17:22:09Z Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, March 20, 2014By Pat Colander nwitimes.com
March 19, 2014 12:00 am  • 

PNC hosts a couple of adventurous musical events this weekend with performances by International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) musical group, the first ever Box Factory Follies in St. Joe and edgy art and birding at Fernwood Gardens in Buchanan.

PNC Hosts Two Musical Events this Weekend: The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra will host performances by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) at two venues this weekend. Tonight Artificial Life by Chicago composer George Lewis will be performed at 5pm on PNC campus at LSF144. Admission is free and you can get reservations at recital@PNC.edu or 219.785.5719. Doors open at 4:30 pm and there is ample parking.

On Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m., at Elston Performing Arts Center in Michigan City, La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, Philip J. Bauman, music director, will perform the IU Health LaPorte Hospital Classic Concert: Amadeus Mozart Un-Caged. Winner of 8 Academy Awards, the movie Amadeus highlights the triumphs and tragedies of a great musical genius. Chart topping soundtracks from the composer’s epic output will be featured along with 21st century icon John Cage, known as an “Inventor of Genius.” Geniuses collide as the precise and delightful melodies of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, performed by ICE are juxtaposed with Atlas Eclipticalis, a work of “chance.” Other surprises will be “un-Caged” in an afternoon of adventurous musical exploration. Concert admission is $20 for adults; $18 for senior citizens and students with a valid I.D. are admitted free

ICE was founded 10 years ago as a Chicago-New York organization performing new music in the “classical” tradition and seeking out new audiences and venues. It was named the Musical America Ensemble of the Year for 2014, has received various major grants and individual musicians have received numerous awards. ICE executive director and flutist Claire Chase was recently awarded a MacArthur “Genius” fellowship.The ensemble has been in residence in recent years at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, as well as at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York. Four musicians – Nick Masterson, oboe; Campbell MacDonald, clarinet; Rebekah Heller, bassoon and David Byrd-Marrow, horn – will perform a piece involving PNC students, by noted African-American composer, author and jazz trombonist George Lewis.

Follies at the Box Factory: Music, comedy, dance, short skits and poetry, will be on staged at the first Box Factory Follies on Saturday at 7:30 pm (ET) at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St. in St. Joe. General admission of $10.A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit the Citadel Dance and Music Center in Benton Harbor.

Fernwood Up and Running This Weekend: My Garden Through the Seasons, a show featuring the work of Union Pier mixed media artist Sally Hughes opens Friday at Fernwood Gardens. More than 30 of Hughes’ expressive paintings of plants on layers of acetate will be on display through April and a reception is set for Sunday, March 30, 1 pm (ET).

Fernwood’s Spring Garden Symposium begins Saturday at 9 am¬ (ET) and features four top-notch speakers in the garden world: Amanda Thomsen, author of the blog and book, Kiss My Aster; Kelly Norris, award-winning author from Iowa and the first horticulture manager at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden; Thomas Smarr, Director of Horticulture with the Friends of the High Line in New York City; and Ken Druse, award-winning garden writer and photographer. Ken was called “the guru of natural gardening” in The New York Times, and is best known for his 18 gardening books, and for his podcast and public radio show, Ken Druse Real Dirt. Registration required by March 21.

Birding Local Wetlands this Saturday, March 22, 9 am (ET) Join naturalist Wendy Jones for a trip to local wetlands to learn about duck identification. Spotting scopes provided. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Travel is by carpool. Meet in the Fernwood parking lot. $15 (Members $12) Register by Friday. Please note: Fernwood bird-watchers are monitoring the ice conditions on the wetlands. Please call for more information.

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