“Breaking Ice” Concerts to Benefit an Orphanage in Awassa, Ethiopia


This weekend, the Fused Muse Ensemble will present three performances entitled “Breaking Ice” that integrate music, dance choreography, and video art. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Awassa Children’s Project in Awassa, Ethiopia. The Illinois not-for-profit project provides funding for an orphanage in Awassa with an environmental mission to plant trees, dig fresh water wells, and is powered entirely through solar panels.

The performance will include new compositions along with traditional classical works by Handel, Vivaldi, and Golijov. Other collaborators for the performance will include Winifred Haun & Dancers; solo dancer/choreographer Matthew McMunn video artists Jessica Segall and Alireiza Ghoreishi; and University of Chicago physicists Ivo Peters and Qin Xu.

“‘Breaking Ice’  is especially close to my heart and brings together meaningful collaboration between wonderful people and artists with a worthy common goal – to increase awareness of global concerns through interdisciplinary performances, thereby also increasing community engagement with classical music,” said the ensemble’s Artistic Director and cellist Sophie Webber. “We have been working hard throughout the year to shape ‘Breaking Ice’ for you, giving performances, salon evenings, and donating our music to green nonprofit fundraisers around Chicago… ‘Breaking Ice’ is the combination of these efforts.

Performances will take place at 7 PM on October 16, 17th, and 18th at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. Tickets range from $20-$25 and are available here, on Ticketfly.

Fused Muse’s production expenses for this concert will come out to $8,000 including venue rental, lighting and sound support, marketing and printing, and a dancers’ fee. The ensemble has raised $1,000, but still needs to raise an additional $7,000. There are several ways to support the ensemble:

  •  Purchase tickets here.
  • Attend the “Breaking Ice Opening Night pre-show Social/Fundraiser” on October 16 at 6pm. Guests will be able to mingle with the evening’s artists over a complimentary glass of prosecco and snacks (bar drinks are also available). Tickets (available on Ticketfly) for this are $50 and include admission to the evening performance.
  • Donate to the Indiegogo campaign here.  Various gifts are available including Breaking Ice postcards and posters, lessons in an instrument of the donor’s choice, Fused Muse Ensemble Artist CDs, a special mention on the Breaking Ice program under the 2014 Individual Donation listings, and a private, exclusive performance in the venue of the donor’s choice by two or three FME artists.

For more information about the event, please watch the video below.

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