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New Sounds, New Music: Ensemble Dal Niente with Chicago Composers Consortium (C3) 

Ben Melsky, harp; Kyle Flens, percussion; MingHuan Xu, violin; Winston Choi, piano

Tickets range from $20 – $30 based on seating assignment. UTRF members receive $5 off their tickets, use code MEMBERS at checkout, limited student seating is $10. A  post-event reception will be available to all guests.

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George Flynn (b. 1937)
Meditative Fantasy for violin and piano

Performances of brand new works written for Duo Diorama by Chicago Composers Consortium (C3) members Kyong Mee Choi,  Kathleen Cecilia Ginther and Timothy Edward Johnson 


Igor Santos (b. 1985)

Anima for harp and percussion (2019)

Lou Harrison (1917-2003):
Varied Trio for violin, piano and percussion (1987)

  1. Gending
  2. Bowl Balls
  3. Elegy
  4. Rondeau in Honor of Fragonard
  5. Dance

Ensemble Dal Niente

Ensemble Dal Niente performs new and experimental chamber music with dedication, virtuosity, and an exploratory spirit. Flexible and adaptable, Dal Niente’s roster of 26 musicians presents an uncommonly broad range of contemporary music, guiding listeners towards music that transforms existing ideas and subverts convention. Audiences coming to Dal Niente shows can expect distinctive productions—from fully staged operas to multimedia spectacles to intimate solo performances—that are curated to pique curiosity and connect art, culture, and people.

Now in its second decade, Ensemble Dal Niente has performed concerts across Europe and the Americas, including appearances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC; The Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico City; Radialsystem Berlin, MusicArte Festival in Panama City; The Library of Congress and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; The Americas Society; and the Darmstadt Summer Courses in Germany. Dal Niente is the recipient of the 2019 Fromm Music Foundation prize, and was the first-ever ensemble to win the Kranichstein prize for interpretation in 2012. The group has recordings available on the New World, New Amsterdam, New Focus, Navona, Parlour Tapes+, and Carrier labels; has held residencies at The University of Chicago, Harvard University, Stanford University, Brown University, Brandeis University, and Northwestern University, among others; and collaborated with a wide range of composers, from Gérard Grisey to George Lewis to Hilda Paredes to Roscoe Mitchell.

The ensemble’s name, Dal Niente (“from nothing” in Italian), is a tribute to Helmut Lachenmann’s Dal niente (Interieur III), a work that upended traditional conceptions of instrumental technique; and also a reference to the group’s humble beginnings.

Chicago Composers Consortium (C3)

The Chicago Composers’ Consortium is a grass-roots organization of composers dedicated to creating new music in Chicago. They are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 and incorporated in 1989. Since then c3 has organized scores of concerts, invited many distinguished composers, and collaborated with several musicians and ensembles, creating unique musical events.

What has set the consortium apart from other contemporary music organizations has been its composer-generated collaborative projects.

As a presenter of contemporary music in the Chicago area, the consortium has found new ways to introduce Chicago to what is new in music.

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The Unity Chamber Music Series is supported in part by the Oak Park Area Arts Council, Illinois Arts Council Agency, and Alphawood Foundation.