Dal Niente’s season opener celebrates the group’s commitment to engaging Chicago’s vastly diverse new music scene and to bringing new art into the world with a program of works by composers new to Chicago, Ensemble Dal Niente, or both.
The ensemble will perform Julio Zúñiga’s winning commission from a uniquely of-its-time competition: the YouTube channel Score Follower's Follow My Score commissioning project, which invited music fans to vote on their favorite video selected from an international pool of submissions. Zúñiga’s Vacas de medio luto, 1 will add to a body of work that explores “the opposition (or coexistence) of extremely contrasting sections put together, and with how these sections might be perceived as parts of one whole once they are joined together in time." Dal Niente’s violin/piano duo of MingHuan Xu and Winston Choi (Duo Diorama) will tackle Christopher Wendell Jones’ A Crowd of Twisted Things, which the New York Classical Review describes as “a little aggressive, a little swaggering, meant to express, not impress.” Composer Sam Pluta will join the duo on electronics for the performance of hydra, a many-headed beast of a piece which synthesizes notated music, acoustic and electronic improvisations, and noise elements. Rounding out the program is Alex Mincek’s Flutter, composed in 2012 for cellist Mariel Roberts’ solo album Nonextraneous Sounds, receiving its local premiere by Dal Niente cellist & Lead Artistic Coordinator Chris Wild.
With Zúñiga’s piece, the group participates in a radical new step in the history of music’s mode of production. Meanwhile, chamber music works by recently-appointed composition faculty members across Chicago offer a glimpse at recent and future musical developments in our city.
Julio Zúñiga - Vacas de medio luto, 1 (2016) for soprano, harp, piano, viola (World Premiere)
Sam Pluta - hydra (2015) for violin, piano, electronics
Christopher Wendell Jones - A Crowd of Twisted Things (2011) for violin & piano
Alex Mincek - flutter (2012) for solo cello