From Ensemble Dal Niente:
Ensemble Dal Niente performs a major world premiere by American composer Aaron Einbond plus dramatic, sensuous, exciting works by Aperghis, Sciarrino, and Anderson, three incredibly distinctive European composers
Saturday, June 9, 2012, 7:30 PM
Tickets: $20 general, $10 students, available at the door
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Michael Lewanski, conductor
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano
Mark Buchner, double bass
Georges Aperghis (b.1945): La Nuit en Tête (2000) for solo soprano and sextet
Salvatore Sciarrino (b.1947): Esplorazione del bianco (1986) for solo bass
Aaron Einbond (b.1978): Without Words (2012) for solo soprano, ten musicians, and electronics (WORLD PREMIERE)
Salvatore Sciarrino: Esplorazione del bianco II (1986) for flute, bass clarinet, guitar, and violin
Julian Anderson (b.1967): Khorovod (1994) for chamber orchestra
Aaron Einbond is one of today’s most distinguished and promising young American composers. Dal Niente is thrilled to present the world premiere of his new piece, which was commissioned for the ensemble by the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. Einbond’s music mixes field recordings, original electronic effects, and instrumental technique of startling originality and dynamic range. Ensemble member Amanda DeBoer Bartlett will be the featured solo voice in the center of Einbond’s masterfully constructed maze of vivid sounds.
DeBoer Bartlett will also be the soloist in Greek composer Georges Aperghis’s La nuit en tête, a scintillating, frenetic psychodrama awash in a swirling, hazy rainbow of ghost colors. This noisy dreamscape contrasts beautifully with the music of Salvatore Sciarrino, who conjures drama and tension through the gradual layering of small sounds atop a field of pure silence. Sciarrino’s set of pieces entitled Esplorazione del bianco are perfect examples of his magical approach to sound and evocation of the secret voices of nature.
Julian Anderson is one of Britain’s most celebrated composers, but his work is too rarely performed in the U.S. His Khorovod for chamber orchestra is inspired by the bustling energy and melodic language of eastern European folk dances. Anderson transforms these melodies into a dizzying whirlwind of symphonic color and rhythmic drive: the perfect capstone for Dal Niente’s stellar 2011-12 season.
Ensemble Dal Niente has made Chicago its home since its founding in 2004. With a growing international reputation for virtuosic musicianship and fearlessly eclectic programming, the ensemble will present two concerts at the famous New Music Courses in Darmstadt, Germany, in July 2012. Next season in Chicago, the ensemble will premiere a new work for octet, electronics, and synced video projection by Minneapolis composer Noah Keesecker. The project was awarded a major grant by the American Composers Forum and the Jerome Foundation.
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