Comprising both faculty and students, the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble focuses on the music of our time, with emphasis on the music of living composers. Currently under the direction of Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, ICCE provides a uniquely formative and intense performance experience for IC students. The ensemble performs two concerts a year; its programs also include music by Ithaca College composition faculty and students, alumni, and guest composers.
In past seasons, ICCE has performed works such as Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Five Pieces for Orchestra (chamber version), Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto, as well as works by Kaija Saariaho, Elliott Carter, Lukas Foss, Pierre Boulez, Sophia Gubaidulina, Karel Husa, Arthur Levering, among others.
Under its former directors Jeffery Meyer and Richard Faria, ICCE--previously known as "Kulmusik" --performed at the 20th International New Music Festival "Sound Ways" in St. Petersburg, Russia. The concert took place at Glinka Hall of the Philharmonic, one of St. Petersburg's most beautiful and prestigious halls.
During the 2013-14 season, ICCE was featured within the Ithaca College Latin American Music Festival, performing works by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (2014 Karel Husa Visiting Professors of Composition), Celso Garrido Lecca, and Mario Davidovsky. The season included ICCE's performance at the Americas Society in New York.
The 2014-15 season presents works by Lei Liang, Michael Gandolfi, Arthur Levering, Alex Mincek, Beat Furrer and Steven Stucky. ICCE will perform Stucky's Ad Parnassum in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, on April 17, 2015.