The Force of Things is a "kinetic sculpture opera" first heard in an excerpt at Ashley Fure's Miller Theatre composer portrait concert with ICE in February. Taking instrument-making to new levels of innovation and sensitivity, the piece will travel with members of ICE for its premiere at Germany's famed Darmstadt Summer Courses, which ICE took by storm many seasons ago. The winner of Darmstadt's Kranichsteiner prize and a recent large grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Ashley Fure is on a meteoric rise. Also an associate professor at Dartmouth College, Fure is becoming a frequent ICE collaborator. This ambitious new work, featuring scuptures by the composer's brother, architect Adam Fure, will become a touchstone of ICE's repertoire, and an occasion for adventurous musical travel! See this full preview of the piece before the group heads to the legendary German festival.
The Force of Things for two sopranos and ensemble
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello
Ross Karre, percussion
Levy Lorenzo, percussion and electronics
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Lucy Dhegrae, soprano
Alice Teyssier, soprano
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OpenICE New York is made possible through lead support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation, alongside generous support from the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE Foundation), New Music USA, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School of Music, the National Endowment for the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.