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. For the first program of the evening at The Promontory, founding ICE violinist David Bowlin and Chicago ICE homegirl Katinka Kleijn perform a rare duo program. Their collaboration features some ICE composer favorites and new works.
This program will explore a new dimension to the ICElab composer-musician relationship, as well as providing a creative platform for the performers themselves. The works performed will comprise a series of "portraits" of Kleijn and Bowlin, who are longtime friends and collaborators of fifteen years, by several known composers who will include improvisatory elements in their pieces. Kleijn and Bowlin will then create musical portrait vignettes of each other! The program is topped off by the hauntingly powerful and complex String Duo by Sofia Gubaidulina.
Monte Weber: Portrait for cello solo (WORLD PREMIERE, OpenICE commission)
Du Yun: Portrait for violin solo (WORLD PREMIERE, OpenICE commission)
Portrait by David Bowlin for Katinka Kleijn, Portrait by Katinka Kleijn for David Bowlin
Sofia Gubaidulina: Rejoice! Freue dich! Sonata for Violin and Cello (1981)
1. Eure Freude wird niemand von euch nehmen
2. Freut euch der Freude
3. Freue dich, Rabbi
4. Und er kehrte in sein Haus zurück
5. Hör auf deine innere Stimme
Portraits by David Bowlin and Katinka Kleijn
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.