2016-2017 Chicago Concerts
Dal Niente’s (in)famous Hard Music, Hard Liquor series returns, once again featuring both individual performers in solo pieces that push the limits of instrumental possibility, and large-scale ensemble pieces that redefine those limits in a collective context. This concert will mark the close of the second annual Frequency Festival of new music, hosted by writer and impresario Peter Margasak.
Ensemble Dal Niente performs works by Isabel Mundry, Kaija Saariaho, and Sofia Gubaidulina at the University of Chicago’s Contempo music series.
Dal Niente percussionist Gregory Beyer presents “You Did This to Me!” For the occasion of his 44th birthday, Beyer offers a recital of every solo work he has performed with Dal Niente since first performing with the ensemble in 2011. Join us for this special opportunity to reflect and reconsider a large body of diverse and challenging works that, taken as a whole, celebrate joyous personal transformation through engagement with the musical community.
The annual Dal Niente PARTY: a non-traditional performance space, a flexible floor plan, music paired with food and beverages, a relaxed environment where audiences can mingle and move around, and musical performances that run the gamut from the hilarious to the sublime. Dal Niente is saving some of its most breathtaking performances for its 2017 PARTY, offering compositions of varying extremes and stylistic influence that ensure all audience members will find a personal, unforgettable experience.
Jesse Langen plays a recital of new music for electric guitar with themes of transference and duplication, ranging from the exquisite to the nightmarish. The show will include multiple guitars and stations, with stereo setups, electronics, and talkbox. Get Tickets
Ensemble Dal Niente welcomes Enno Poppe to Chicago to work with the ensemble for the first time as guest conductor and program curator for the ensemble’s “Proximity” series. Poppe’s highly original style, marrying strange, organic, and microtonal language with a classical sense of development, has made him a Dal Niente favorite. As critic Paul Griffiths put it: “Poppe writes music that is at once natural and weird, as perhaps nature is.” Get Tickets
Dal Niente harpist Ben Melsky and flutist Emma Hospelhorn present “New Paradigms,” a program that explores new dimensions of this classic instrumental duo, at Cafe Mustache in Logan Square.
Dal Niente’s musicians are thrilled to join their colleagues and friends in the Chicago new music community as part of the inaugural Ear Taxi Festival, an ambitious six-day celebration of Chicago’s thriving contemporary music scene. Buy Tickets
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. Buy Tickets
Dal Niente makes its Rush Hour Concert Series debut with a performance of George Lewis’s Hexis for sextet.