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A fascinating setting for these ICE MUSIC concerts. At an altitude of 2,600 meters at the arrival station of the Passo Paradiso lift. Extraordinary pure white landscapes right on the border of two regions. A paradise of emotion at 2,600 meters in a theatre made of snow surrounded by the sounds of musical instruments made of ice!
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EQ ICE DOME
THE ICE DOME: POLAR ARCHITECTURE
An amphitheatre made of ice, an amazing creation. The idea of American artist TIM LINHART that has become a reality: a 200 seater ice theatre. A curvy design that embraces all who enter into a magical environment where light is reflected and the acoustics are definitely unique.
The biggest attraction is of course the instruments, also made of ice. It seems almost impossible that instruments made out of ice can also produce perfect sounds, new acoustics which awaken endless emotions, that only the greatest musicians have been able to give us. Sixteen MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS MADE OF ICE, an entire orchestra of instruments: a challenge won by Tim Linhart, a tale which has reached the entire world. «Icy cold» instruments whose music «warms» the soul.
ICE MUSIC FESTIVAL
CONCERTS EVERY THURSDAY AND SATURDAY
A jam packed calendar of concerts with a wide range of music genres from classical to jazz, with performances by internationally renowned artists using only the instruments made of ice by the American artist Tim Linhart. You can see this unique venue starting from New Year’s and up to March. Both skiers and non-skiers can attend these concerts since the igloo can be easily reached with the modern gondola lift that departs right from Passo Tonale. There will be four concerts each week: Thursday at 3 pm and at 4:30 pm, Saturday at 4 pm and at 6 pm.
ICE MUSIC ORCHESTRA AT 3 PM AND AT 4.30 PM
The «Orchestra Lumiere» will present a thrilling performance of classical music by Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky, with the surprising addition of pop music and several original songs written specifically for the ICE MUSIC festival. The Orchestra includes 6 musicians: Priyanka Ravanelli (ice-violin), Luca Martini (ice-viola), Nicola Segatta (ice-cello), Nicola Ziliani (ice-double bass), Camilla Finardi (ice-mandolin), Olmo Chittò (ice-percussions).
The «ORCHESTRA LUMIÈRE» has performed many times both in Italy and abroad: including the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Luiss University in Rome, the CBS in Shanghai, the Philharmonic in Trento (where they are the resident orchestra), the Festival dell'Economia in Trento and the Festival Bolsko Lito in Croatia. The group has recorded an album called «Shakespeare for Dreamers» with original music by Nicola Segatta and the cellists Giovanni Sollima and Monika Leskovar.
THE WEEKEND CONCERTS
EVERY SATURDAY AT 4 PM AND AT 6 PM
From Jazz to Pop, from Rock to Classical: the ICE MUSIC knows no bounds! Different types of music will warm the audience's heart. A fixed appointment for 15 weekends, from January 5th to March 30th. Not to be missed events, with some of the most interesting artists from the international and Italian music scene. Two additional concerts will also be held on Sunday.
Tel. (+39) 0364 92097
Tel. (+39) 0364 92639
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A project by the Val di Sole Tourism Board, the Ponte di Legno-Tonale Consortium, and Trentino Marketing
THE PIONEER OF ICE MUSIC
An American artist who grew up in New Mexico and who has always loved winter and skiing. Tim Linhart, the pioneer of ICE MUSIC. An expert in the artistic use of ice for more than 36 years. After having experimented with various techniques, he realized that ice could also produce a wide range of sounds, and this is how his amazing musical instruments made of ice were born and subsequently Ice Music.
«I had been developing ice structures for many years and was looking for a new concept for my next work. I have always loved the shape of the violin and for this reason I decided to sculpture a giant one out of ice, at this point only as a sculpture though. When I told a friend, who makes guitars, he remarked who knows how it would sound.»
That question resounded in Tim Linharts head for a long time, until finally taking over his existence. Almost an obsession this search for perfection: «The first instrument burst under the tension of the strings before even making asound».
Every winter since then I have created an orchestra with ice instruments which is in continuous expansion. Each year I continue to develop and evolve new instruments and to refine this art towards its maximum potential».
WHY CREATE AN ICE THEATRE?
«The igloo structure which will house the 200 seater concert hall, is a building which will conciliate the needs of the public, the musicians and the ice instruments. These, of course, are, understandably, influenced by the surrounding conditions. The design of the building allows a natural ventilation of the the heat created from the breathing of the audience, forcing it upwards and out of the theatre, whilst the instruments remain in the cold air on the stage. The igloo maintains a 'safe place' for the instruments in which the conditions are ideal to produce the best music.»
WHAT IS THE MESSAGE YOU ARE TRYING TO CONVEY?
«The Ice Music concert hall and the instruments are constructed with same H2O molecules as we are. Wherever there is water on the earth, there is life; unless the water is frozen: ice. My intention as an artist is to give life to the ice, to give style to the various instruments so that they wake up to the pull of the strings and have a voice. If there is a message that exists, it is the dialogue that the instruments have with each single spectator. The one thing we can be sure of is that everything that is made of water or ice changes continuously: it freezes, it melts, it evaporates, it flows, it breathes, it grows, it lives and it dies. The provisional and fragile nature of the ice reminds us of the destiny which we share, which is that of transformation. This subliminal mortality is always close and accentuates the ice music experience.»
WHAT DO YOU FEEL WHEN LISTENING TO MUSIC IN AN IGLOO?
«The entire experience of ice music is celestial. Ascending a mountain at night is already an adventure. Entering a concert hall within an ice theatre is like entering a discoteque in paradise: the ice orchestra and the walls sparkle and shine reflecting the beautiful colours of the rainbow. The rules of architecture are transformed by the very nature of the ice: straight is no longer a relevant word, the curves flow towards the arches. There is nothing which looks like a corner.Many people arrive not knowing what to expect, they are curious but at the same time seriously doubt that the instruments will produce sounds. It is a difficult thing to believe. When the musicians begin to play the audience are delighted by the almost angelic beauty of the voice of the ice. They are surprised that the musicians are able to play such complex and high quality music, in such a cold environment. The entire experience exceeds their expectations. The definition of magic is something implausible but which exists anyway. It sounds like a clichè, but it is an really a magical experience to take part in an ice music concert. It amplifies the idea that it is possible and gives people indefinable hope. It is uplifting.»
PASSO PARADISO RESTAURANT
HIGH ALTITUDE CUISINE
At 2,660 metres, «high level cooking» at Passo Paradiso. A warm and welcoming dining area with views of the glacier. A chance to savour local specialities that combine tradition with a modern twist. This area located between the Lombardy and Trentino regions produces unique flavours.
Whoever is looking for authentic and genuine food will not be disappointed. Get ready for a surprise with the ICE MUSIC MENU, especially prepared by a chef for this one of a kind event.
This is one of the many typical menus...
HORS D'OEVRES Raw cured beef Trentino style served with beans
STARTER Risotto with local Casolèt cheese and Golden delicious apples from the Val di Non
or Canederli (Sausage, bacon and cheese dumplings) with butter
MAIN COURSE Braised Beef in Marzemino wine, served with Polenta
DESSERT Apple Strudel
WINE & COFFEE
PRICES PER PERSON
|20 €||concert ticket|
|30 €||concert ticket and lift ticket|
|50 €||concert ticket and dinner|
|60 €||concert ticket, dinner and lift ticket|
Thursday at 3 pm and at 4.30 pm
LIFT OPENING TIMES
Thursday last return at 5.50 pm
INFORMATION & BOOKING
Tel. (+39) 0364 92097
Tel. (+39) 0364 92639
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