Upcoming Chicago Concerts
Celebrate the opening of the Dal Niente season with a concert celebrating the album release of Ben Melsky/ Ensemble Dal Niente on New Focus Recordings! The show will feature live performances of several tracks off of the album, along with larger works by Tim Page, Carola Bauckholt, and Alican Çamci.
Kyle Flens plays works for percussion by some of his favorite Chicago collaborators in this concert of solos and duos, in which the instruments onstage come alive in different ways. Fellow Dal Niente members Ben Melsky, Jesse Langen, and Katherine Schoepflin Jimoh guest star.
Oboist Andy Nogal takes a star turn with a program of duo music for oboe and piano that showcases the expressive and technical potential of the oboe as a tool for experimenting with sound and harmony. With pianist Daniel Pesca, who has been Nogal’s duo partner since 2010.
Dal Niente performs music by leading Mexican and Argentinian composers, including Nur Slim’s Humming Between Branches for soprano with chamber orchestra, in which the singer’s voice dances between and among wildly varied instrumental textures, which shimmer, dive, and groan with kaliedascopic virtuosity.
Ensemble Dal Niente, in collaboration with DePaul University, is thrilled to announce a week-long summer residency program for undergraduate level composers and performers of new music.
As part of a co-commission with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dal Niente will premiere a new composition by Anthony Cheung at the LAPhil’s Noon to Midnight Festival June 1st, before returning home to give the work its Chicago premiere.
Ensemble Dal Niente performs new works by undergraduate composers at the University of Chicago.
The Dal Niente Wind Trio (Emma Hospelhorn, Andy Nogal, and Katie Schoepflin) is thrilled to premiere Undersea, a new work for piccolo, English horn, and bass clarinet by composer Victoria Cheah, as part of a varied concert that features the full array of sounds available to contemporary woodwind players, from kaleidoscopic quarter tones, to ethereal trills, to jazzy pizzicatos. The flute, clarinet, and oboe blend together in wildly different sonic palettes that alternately sing, squeak, and pizzicato, with sounds that range from the delicate to the bombastic.
For the third installment in the STAGED series, guest soprano Ah Young Hong joins Dal Niente to reprise her role as the “lone, blazing star” (The New York Times) in Michael Hersch's On The Threshold of Winter, a searing, unflinching confrontation of the human journey. Get Tickets
Join us for the world premiere of Chicago-based composer Tomás Gueglio’s Proa (“Prow”) for four dancers and harp, in which harpist and dancers use sound, clothing, and bodies to explore themes of migration, immigration, alienation, and identity. Featuring the Mazatlán-based Delfos Danza Contemporánea.