Piece Her Together @ the EDGE Theater
Oct
20
to Oct 22

Piece Her Together @ the EDGE Theater

What makes a person who she is? Who does she seek to become? What objects in her world help her get there? What forces conspire to stop her? How do those around her influence how she is perceived? Piece Her Together features soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett in a fully-staged theatrical production of two mono-dramatic works: Eliza Brown’s The Body of the State, a portrayal of Juana of Castile's imprisonment at the hands of her family, and Katherine Young’s When stranger things happen, a noir meditation on loss, myths of femininity, and the potential of the imagination. Buy Tickets

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University of Chicago Ligeti Series: Ensemble Dal Niente/ Imani Winds
Nov
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

University of Chicago Ligeti Series: Ensemble Dal Niente/ Imani Winds

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Pianist Winston Choi and violinist MingHuan Xu join guest hornist Anna Spina for György Ligeti’s spiky, splendidly virtuosic horn trio, a work that both laughs and cries as it looks back at Brahms and forward to a style that is neither modernist nor classical.  This program also features the Imani Wind Quintet performing Ligeti’s much earlier Six Bagatelles. Buy Tickets

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DN Presents: Alejandro Acierto
Nov
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

DN Presents: Alejandro Acierto

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Dal Niente’s founding clarinetist presents a new body of works forged from an experimental program that explores the material of the breath. With collaborative pieces that incorporate video, installation, and responsive lights and sound, Alejandro will perform together with with artist/filmmaker Soheila Azadi, composer/artist Jason Charney, and composer/performer Jenna Lyle.

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PROA: Delfos Danza Contemporánea + Ensemble Dal Niente
Dec
2
to Dec 3

PROA: Delfos Danza Contemporánea + Ensemble Dal Niente

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.

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DN Presents: Holes and Tunnels
Jan
7
8:30pm 8:30pm

DN Presents: Holes and Tunnels

Humans and objects merge to form a hybrid space of perforated sounds, shifting locations, and disorienting structures in this evening of experimental pieces, featuring pianist Mabel Kwan with Jesse Langen (electric guitar) and special guests Eric Derr (percussion), Tom Snydacker (saxophone), and Fredrick Gifford (electronics).

Be there for premieres by Sivan Cohen-Elias, whose strange inventions tie together movement, sound, space, and visual objects; Fredrick Gifford, whose compositions, dependent on real-time listening cues and performer interactions, are never the same twice; and Michelle Lou’s “wobbly, obsessive” Untitled Three Part Construction for electric guitar and two performers who click, crank, and clack.

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Dal Niente @ East Carolina University
Jan
26
7:30pm 7:30pm

Dal Niente @ East Carolina University

Over the course of the 2017-2018 season, Dal Niente members engage musical leaders of tomorrow through performances, composer workshops, recordings, and instrumental and vocal masterclasses at universities across the country.

Dal Niente's workshop at East Carolina University culminates in a performance on January 26, including works for flute, cello, piano, and voice by Mikel Kuehn, Helmut Lachenmann, and Salvatore Sciarrino.

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Contempo-Jazz Double Bill with Dal Niente, Imani Winds, and guests
Feb
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

Contempo-Jazz Double Bill with Dal Niente, Imani Winds, and guests

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Dal Niente joins Imani Winds for a performance of Augusta Read Thomas’ Bassoon Concertino. According to the composer, “This Concertino requires exceptional virtuosity of the soloist featuring playing of all kinds—rhythmic, athletic, punchy, lyrical, delicate, jazzy, whimsical, capricious, elegant—and celebrates the amazing artist and beautiful instrument in all its colors.” The program also includes works by Marta Ptaszyńska and Reena Esmail.

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Dal Niente @ Brandeis University
Feb
18
1:30pm 1:30pm

Dal Niente @ Brandeis University

Over the course of the 2017-2018 season, Dal Niente members engage musical leaders of tomorrow through performances, composer workshops, recordings, and instrumental and vocal masterclasses at universities across the country.

Dal Niente's workshop at Brandeis University culminates in a Sunday matinee performance of works by undergraduate and graduate student composers in Slosberg concert hall. 

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DN Presents: Winston Choi, Katie Schoepflin, Chris Wild
Mar
18
8:30pm 8:30pm

DN Presents: Winston Choi, Katie Schoepflin, Chris Wild

This dynamic concert of works for clarinet, cello, and piano features  Georges Aperghis’ Trio, comprised of nine contrasting miniatures; Franck Bedrossian’s meditation on language L’Usage de la Parole, and the North American Premiere of Marta Gentilluci’s frenetic, resurgent Über (“Over”). The program also includes Kaija Saariaho’s tranquil duo Oi Kuu, Winston Choi’s new composition Fata Morgana for solo piano, and gut-busting solo pieces by Jason Eckardt and Enno Poppe.

 

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PARTY 2018
Jun
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARTY 2018

Breathe deeply, grab a drink, sit down. Or stand up. Whatever. You do you. Get comfortable—then get ready. You're at PARTY 2018, which overturns the so-very-1918 “clap, listen, clap, go home” concert paradigm by pairing food, beverages, and mingling with musical performances that run the gamut from the preposterous to the sober to the sublime. This year’s PARTY features a new staging of Arnold Schoenberg’s classic Pierrot Lunaire, sung by soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw. You might say, “wait! That’s 100 years old!” Well, good job, Professor Music Historian. For counterpoint, we turn to conductor/snake charmer/actual professor Michael Lewanski, who says: “Pierrot is so NOT new music. But Pierrot is SO new music.” He will happily expand on this topic at the Party, in both public and private conversations; meanwhile, for those who prefer their new music as new as possible, we present a world premiere by Sky Macklay, whose work “explores bold contrasts, audible processes, humor, and the physicality of sound,” along with several smaller works, mostly younger than the performers themselves, throughout the evening.

 

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Assemblage: Dal Niente Presents the Music of George Lewis @ The Art Institute of Chicago
Sep
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Assemblage: Dal Niente Presents the Music of George Lewis @ The Art Institute of Chicago

Dal Niente celebrates the release of Assemblage, a portrait album of the works of George Lewis, by performing the album in its entirety at Fullerton Hall, with a pre-concert talk by George Lewis, philosopher Arnold Davidson, and writer John Corbett of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Buy Tickets

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Dal Niente + George Lewis @ The Art Institute of Chicago: Improvisations
Sep
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Dal Niente + George Lewis @ The Art Institute of Chicago: Improvisations

Members of Dal Niente respond to works from the Art Institute collection with a series of in-gallery performances. The event concludes with a large-scale performance in Griffin Court of Artificial Life (2007), a work by composer and musician George Lewis that strives for a structured improvisation experience through an open form score. Free Admission.

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