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Free concert - Dal Niente at Chicago Cultural Center

Dal Niente is a leading contemporary music ensemble base in Chicago. They will present the Chicago premiere of Hans Abrahamsen’s stunning hour-long work, Schnee. Although recently composed, Schnee is quickly gathering a cult following of listeners captivated by the work’s elegance and architecture, which varies widely from simple and transparent to highly complex.

I will be on top of the south stairs just outside of the hall at 2:30 to meet everyone. We will have a drink/dinner after the concert at Elephant and Castle at 185 N. Wabash, please post a comment if you are interested, so we have a head count.

More about Ensemble Dal Niente

“Dal Niente is a model of what contemporary music needs, but seldom gets, to reach and engage a wider public.” —John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

Ensemble Dal Niente is a 20-member Chicago-based contemporary music collective that presents and performs new music in ways that redefine the listening experience and advance the art form. The programming, brought to life by a flexible repertoire-based instrumentation, seeks to challenge convention and create engaging, inspiring, and immersive experiences that connect audiences with the music of today.

Described as "super-musicians" and noted for "bracing sonic adventures by some of the best new-music virtuosos around" (Chicago Tribune), Ensemble Dal Niente became the first-ever ensemble recipient of the coveted Kranichstein Music Prize - the top award for music interpretation - at the 2012 International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany.

The ensemble has commissioned or premiered hundreds of works and has collaborated with visual artists and playwrights to create rich new experiences for audiences and people of diverse creative disciplines. Equally at home working with major international figures as with younger composers, recent collaborators include Brian Ferneyhough, Chaya Czernowin, George Lewis, Marino Formenti, Kaija Saariaho, Marcos Balter, Greg Saunier, Deerhoof, Hans Thomalla, Lee Hyla, Johannes Kreidler, Mark Andre, Evan Johnson, Aaron Einbond, Morgan Krauss, and Jay Alan Yim.

The ensemble's name, Dal Niente ("from nothing" in Italian), is a tribute to Helmut Lachenmann's work for clarinet Dal niente (Interieur III), the courageously revolutionary style of which serves as an inspiration for its musicians. The ensemble's name also references its humble beginnings -- founded in 2004 by a group of music students at various Chicago schools, the ensemble has risen from obscurity to a position as one North America's most prominent new music groups.

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