Ensemble Dal Niente Hosts New Music Party, May 12 in Chicago

Franco Donatoni
Franco Donatoni (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Ensemble Dal Niente:

The Party
Saturday, May 12, 2012, 6:00 PM
Tickets $45/$30 students advanced sales, $55/$35 at the door
Logan Square/Avondale Arts Center
2800 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL
Featuring guest pianist, conductor, and curator Marino Formenti

Marino Formenti has distinguished himself as one of the most compelling and original interpreters of his generation. A featured piano soloist at major international festivals (Salzburg, Lucerne, Ravinia) and with some of the world’s leading orchestras (New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic), Formenti is also well known for developing unusual and experimental concert formats. With Chicago’s own Dal Niente, he will produce The Party, a communal experience that casts away some of the concert hall’s conventions in order to bring listeners together in a brand new way.

The Party, an evening-length event in the brand-new Logan Square/Avondale Arts Center, features performances by twenty of Chicago’s top contemporary musicians and includes thematically paired food by Nick Jirasek of Guerilla Smiles, libations from Goose Island Beer Company and Koval Distillery, and performances of music by:

Marcos Balter (b.1974)
Timothy McCormack (b.1984)
Pablo Chin (b.1982)
Alex Mincek (b.1975)
Franco Donatoni (1927-2000)
Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988)
Morton Feldman (1926-1987)
Salvatore Sciarrino (b.1947)
Bernhard Gander (b.1969)
Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)
Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008)
James Tenney (1934-2006)
Bernhard Lang (b.1957)
Galina Ustwolskaja (1919-2006)
Alvin Lucier (b.1931)
Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001)

During The Party, people can sit where and how they want; they can stand, lie down, choose what to listen to at any particular moment, relax, move, talk, drink, eat… and they can listen to music together. This experience will be the antithesis of listening to music through earbuds plugged into your head as you sit alone staring at a computer screen. Forget social media – this is social listening, a global event like walking through a gallery and finding Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, and Cy Twombly all in the same room. The Party brings together stylistically diverse and uniquely brilliant composers’ music for you to experience, examine and share in one unforgettable evening.