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      The Party

      Ensemble Dal Niente and Marino Formenti Present: The Party

      Friday, February 15, 2013, 8:00 11:00 pm

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      Pianist, conductor, and curator Marino Formenti has distinguished himself as one of the most compelling and original interpreters of his generation, particularly for his performances of contemporary music and for developing unusual and experimental concert formats. With Ensemble Dal Niente, one of Chicago’s premier contemporary music ensembles, he produced 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.

      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.

      The evening-length event featured culinary creations by Chicago-based food artist Nick Jirasek, owner of Guerilla Smiles, whose food was inspired by the musical program, as well as drinks by Goose Island Beer Company and Koval Distillery of Chicago.

      The Party took place on May 12, 2012

      Marino Formenti: Curator, Conductor and Artistic Director
      Molly Feingold: Production Director
      Ryan Muncy: Executive Director, Ensemble Dal Niente
      J. Austin Wulliman: Program Director, Ensemble Dal Niente
      Sandra Wu: Special Events Coordinator
      Nicholas Jirasek: Food Artist, Guerilla Smiles
      Zak Malsich: Lighting Design
      Daniel Arkfeld: Stage Manager
      David Polk: Broadcast Producer and Host

      Broadcast program (original program lasted 6 hours, including frequent breaks):

      Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008): Osten from Die Stücke der Windrose (1989) for clarinet, piano, harmonium, two violins, viola, cello, bass, and percussion
      Pablo Chin (b.1982): After Pehaujo (2010) for flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, and percussion
      Timothy McCormack (b.1986): Apparatus (2008) for bass clarinet, cello, and piano
      Alex Mincek (b.1975): Pendulum VII (2010) for saxophone, two flutes, piano, percussion, violin, viola, and cello
      Bernhard Lang (b. 1957): SCHRIFT/BILD/SCHRIFT (1998) for amplified octet
      Marcos Balter (b.1973): Vision Mantra (2009) for violin, viola, cello
      Salvatore Sciarrino (b.1947): Muro d’orrizonte (1997) for alto flute, English horn, and bass clarinet
      Bernhard Gander (b.1969): Peter Parker (2008) for piano
      Franco Donatoni (1927-2000): HOT (1989) for saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion, double bass, and piano
      Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988): Duo for Violin and Cello (1965)
      Galina Ustwolskaja (1919-2006): Sonata No. 6 (1988) for piano
      Morton Feldman (1926-1987): Why Patterns (1978) for flute, glockenspiel, and piano

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