Claire Chase & Jacob Greenberg | Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago | Classical | Chicago Reader

Claire Chase & Jacob Greenberg Free All Ages Soundboard

When: Fri., Jan. 28, 6 p.m. 2011

CLAIRE CHASE & JACOB GREENBERG Flutist Claire Chase is one of contemporary classical music's most imposing figures. Beyond meeting the technical demands of classical musicianship, she manages to find time to be one of its most relentless administrators and curators, most notably as the founder and executive director of invaluable New York-Chicago music collective the International Contemporary Ensemble. But it would be a mistake to allow her role as the public face of an organization as prestigious as the ICE to distract you from her dazzling skill as a player—she was the standout performer in both of the ICE programs I heard this fall. Tonight she'll be joined by excellent pianist Jacob Greenberg for a concert billed as a response to Gerhard Richter's painting Ice (2). The program is dominated by 20th-century duets for flute and piano: Ives's beautifully austere and melancholic "Thoreau" (from his Piano Sonata no. 2), Boulez's grueling Sonatine, and Franco Donatoni's swerving, melodically serrated Fili. It also includes two local premieres: Salvatore Sciarrino's flute adaptation of Bach's ubiquitous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Augusta Read Thomas's Euterpe's Caprice, composed for Chase.

Peter Margasak

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