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Christ Church Preservation Trust & International Contemporary Ensemble
OpenICE at Christ Church: History + Music

Event Times:

Sep 19th – Sep 20th 2018 @ 3:00pm – 4:30pm







History + Music pairs artists-in-residence International Contemporary Ensemble with Christ Church historians for music and storytelling that explores the Revolutionary figures and architecture that inspired In Plain Air composers Phyllis Chen and Nathan Davis.


Drop in between 3:00 and 4:30pm on either Wednesday, September 19 or Thursday, September 20 to meet the artists and experience an open rehearsal of In Plain Air. At 3:15, 3:45, and 4:15pm, historian John Bright will present short talks on Christ Church’s iconic bells, its history of grand pipe organs, and famed parishioner Francis Hopkinson—celebrated as a musician, organist, signer of the Declaration of Independence, designer of the American flag, and all-around polymath—whose three-century-old musical inventions and compositions directly inspired several In Plain Air movements.


This free event, a partnership with the Ensemble’s OpenICE program, shines a spotlight on Christ Church’s long history of and support for innovation in the arts. Come experience its storied campus in an entirely new way.


Support for In Plain Air and OpenICE


Major support for In Plain Air has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation and Arthur Judson Foundation. 


OpenICE is made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.

  • Pew Center for Arts & Heritage