Who doesn't love an ICE festival in Chicago? Three programs on April 30 bring together longtime ICE members for three varied programs showcasing wildly diverse corners of the repertoire. The second show at The Promontory features the musical marriage of soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Jacob Greenberg, once-longtime Chicago residents and dedicated recital partners. Their OpenICE concert brings a modern rarity to the midwest: Helmut Lachenmann's epic 2007 piece Got Lost, which interweaves fragmented texts by Fernando Pessoa, Friedrich Nietzsche, and an English posting seen in a laundromat. A master of extended instrumental techniques, Lachenmann crafts an extravagantly virtuosic voice part alongside always-unexpected piano writing. Also on the program is a world premiere solo piece by Dai Fujikura, written for Jacob Greenberg: Bright Codes, a set of connected miniatures that evokes such disparate images as a military cryptograph and a children's toy with electric colored lights.
OpenICE Chicago 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