season 2014-2015

“The performances sounded fresh, vital and committed, the many moving parts synchronized with amazing precision.”
—John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

Several additional concerts will be added to the 2014-15 season. Please check back very soon for details.

NEXT EVENT

Thursday, September 4, 2014 7:30pm

2014 Season Opener: Coming Together

Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
$25/$15 (General Admission/Students)

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At the close of Chicago’s recent Polar Vortex, Ensemble Dal Niente welcomed hundreds of Chicagoans to the city’s Cultural Center to meditate on winter with a performance of Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee. We now offer a bookend to that introspective experience -- with extroverted works celebrating Chicago’s summer activity -- music related to Assemblage and Coming Together. All performances will be enhanced with video art created by Alejandro Acierto (b.1985).

George Lewis (b.1952): Assemblage (2013) for piano, harp, percussion, violin, viola, cello, saxophone, clarinet and flute
Philip Glass (b.1937): Music in Contrary Motion (1969) for unspecified instruments
Lee Hyla (1952-2014): The Dream of Innocent III (1987) for cello, piano and percussion
Patricia Alessandrini (b.1970) Nachtgewachse (2014, USA premiere) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, keyboard, piano, percussion, melodica, and electronics
Frederic Rzewski (b.1938): Coming Together (1973) for unspecified instruments and narrator

 

Thursday, September 4, 2014 7:30pm

2014 Season Opener: Coming Together

Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
$25/$15 (General Admission/Students)

Buy Tickets

At the close of Chicago’s recent Polar Vortex, Ensemble Dal Niente welcomed hundreds of Chicagoans to the city’s Cultural Center to meditate on winter with a performance of Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee. We now offer a bookend to that introspective experience -- with extroverted works celebrating Chicago’s summer activity -- music related to Assemblage and Coming Together. All performances will be enhanced with video art created by Alejandro Acierto (b.1985).

George Lewis (b.1952): Assemblage (2013) for piano, harp, percussion, violin, viola, cello, saxophone, clarinet and flute
Philip Glass (b.1937): Music in Contrary Motion (1969) for unspecified instruments
Lee Hyla (1952-2014): The Dream of Innocent III (1987) for cello, piano and percussion
Patricia Alessandrini (b.1970) Nachtgewachse (2014, USA premiere) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, keyboard, piano, percussion, melodica, and electronics
Frederic Rzewski (b.1938): Coming Together (1973) for unspecified instruments and narrator

 

Sunday, October 12, 2014 8:30pm

Ensemble Dal Niente & Anywhen Ensemble

Constellation
Ages 18+ venue | Beverage available
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
$15/$10 (students/seniors)
More information & tickets: constellation-chicago.com

Three members of Chicago's internationally acclaimed Ensemble Dal Niente step into the spotlight to present a program of works demonstrating the group's far-reaching and eclectic artistic aims: the local premiere of a horn solo, PoyoPoyo, by Dai Fujikura; modernist maverick Donald Martino's seldom-heard duo for oboe and string bass, Cinque Frammenti; and world premieres by Argentina-based American composer Matthew Golombisky and the AnyWhen Ensemble's own Douglas Detrick.

Dai Fujikura (b. 1977) PoyoPoyo (2012) for solo horn
Donald Martino (1931-2005) Cinque Frammenti (5) (1964) for oboe and bass
Matthew Golombisky: new work (2014, world premiere) for oboe, horn, and bass

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014 8:00pm

Chou Wen-Chung at University of Chicago

Performance Penthouse
Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago
915 E. 60th Street, 9th Floor
Chicago, IL
All Ages venue
Free Admission

This concert celebrates the music of Chou Wen-chung (b. 1923), the distinguished composer, scholar, former Columbia University professor, and cultural ambassador. Chou was one of the earliest composers to apply and merge ideas from ancient Chinese traditions directly into Western contemporary music practices, through deep scholarly study and scrutiny, and in a very personal way. Ideas from Chinese painting and calligraphy, as well as the aesthetics and ethics of the literati tradition, have guided his output for the past six decades. The concert is the culmination of his visit to the University of Chicago, and Prof. Chou will be present to reflect on his music and life.

Chou Wen-Chung (b.1923): Twilight Colors (2007) for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello
Chou Wen-Chung (b.1923): The Willows Are New (1957) for solo piano
Chou Wen-Chung (b.1923): Ode to Eternal Pine (2009) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano
Edgard Varèse (1883-1965): Density 21.5 (1946) for solo flute

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014 8:00pm

Willams College Residency

Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall
Williamstown, MA
Free Admission

In June 2013, Ensemble Dal Niente traveled to Panama City to perform as the featured guest ensemble of the first MusicArte festival of contemporary music. Given Panama’s strategic location at the very center of the western hemisphere, this festival embraced the theme of a celebration of new music from throughout the Americas. This fall, we’ll continue this theme by bringing the music of Perez Velazquez, Carrizo, and more to Massachusetts with the US premiere of Perez Velazquez’s work “Del Falso Amor” and a handful of solos and duos inspired by last summer’s collaboration.

Alex Lunsqui (b. 1969): Dimensions (2013) for solo percussion
Lee Hyla (1952-2014): Passegiata (2007) for solo violin
Hans Thomalla (b. 1975): Desert Songs (2011) for soprano and piano
Andres Carrizo (1982): Incantation (2012) for voice, piano, percussion
Alejandro Viñao (b. 1951): Hildegard’s Dream (1994) for soprano and electronics
Santiago Diez-Fischer (b.1977): new work (2015, world premiere) for solo piano
Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988): Tre Pezzi (1956) for soprano and tenor saxophone
Ileana Velazquez (b.1964): Del Falso Amor Impuro (2013) for soprano, saxophone, violin, percussion, and piano

 

Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:00pm

Library of Congress: In Vain & George Lewis

Atlas Performing Arts Center
Washington D.C.
Free but tickets required

Dal Niente presents the Washington, D.C. premiere of G. F. Haas’s In Vain, arguably the first musical masterpiece of the 21st century. Inspired in part by the composer’s disillusionment resulting from far-right political victories in Austria in 2000, Haas starkly juxtaposes opposing forces of light and darkness, activity and stasis. This culminating with dramatic waves of sound performed by the entire ensemble in complete darkness, a process which upends the expectations of musicians and listeners alike to create a truly unforgettable experience that the music is uniquely able to cause. Dal Niente is also pleased to continue its collaboration with iconic composer and trombonist George Lewis, who composed Assemblage for Ensemble Dal Niente in 2013.

George Lewis (b. 1952): Assemblage (2013) for piano, harp, percussion, violin, viola, cello, saxophone, clarinet and flute
George Lewis (b.1952): new work for violin and piano (2014, World Premiere)
Georg Friedrich Haas (b.1953): In Vain (2000) for 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, saxophone, bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trombones, 2 percussion, 1 harp, 1 accordion, 1 piano, 3 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1 bass

 

Sunday, November 30, 2014 8:30pm

Dal Niente Presents: Ben Melsky

Constellation
Ages 18+ venue | Beverage available
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
$15/$10 (students/seniors)

“…And music, ever new, builds out of the most tremulous stones her divinely consecrated house in unexploitable space…”
Meaning “always new,” Immer Neu is the duet movement from Elliott Carter’s Trilogy for oboe and harp, a rite of exploration in which the instruments push each other towards new material. In keeping with this theme, the concert features the premieres of two new works to the harp repertoire: from Eliza Brown a new work for harp and voice and from Tomás Gueglio a new work for harp solo. Also on the program are the mesmerizing, intensely-colored worlds of Kaija Saariaho’s Fall and Salvatore Sciarinno’s L’Addio a Trachis.

Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947) L'Addio a Trachis (1980) for solo harp
Elliott Carter (1908-2012) Immer Neu from Trilogy (1992) for oboe and harp Kaija Saariaho (b.1952) Fall (1991) for harp and amplified electronics
Eliza Brown (b. 1985) new work (2014, world premiere) for soprano and harp
Tomas Gueglio (b. 1980) new work (2014, world premiere) for harp solo

 

Sunday, December 14, 2014 8:30pm

Dal Niente Presents:
Austin Wulliman & Katherine Young Album Release

Constellation
Ages 18+ venue | Beverage available
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
$15 (includes tape)

The result of years of close collaboration between violinist J. Austin Wulliman and composer Katherine Young, Diligence Is to Magic as Progress Is to Flight comprises four pieces for solo violin, one piece for solo viola, and one piece for violin and chamber orchestra. These works are presented as part of a continuously organic eight-channel installation built of recorded sound derived from these six pieces. Wulliman utilizes five different instruments—two of which have been heavily altered with clips and buzz-inducing preparations. Employing amplification to bring out small sounds, Young controls the sound world’s mix, manipulates samples, and works with a detuned electric guitar. Each piece offers Wulliman a different performance context, as well: some ask him to read precisely notated scores; other times he works freely with carefully selected materials; and one piece involves a video projection that seems static, but slowly begins to move, becoming a score structuring his improvisation. The recording with Parlour Tapes+ (Chicago's cutting edge new music tape label) will result in multiple forms of documentation, including a do-it-yourself 8-channel installation.

Katherine Young (b. 1980): Diligence Is to Magic as Progress Is to Flight (2013) for solo violin and ensemble