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WERKplaats: a co-production of Ensemble Dal Niente and High Concept Laboratories
The National Pastime Theater
Chicago, IL
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WERKplaats: a co-production of Ensemble Dal Niente and High Concept Laboratories
WERKplaats is a performance, a gathering, an evening born of extensive artistic collaboration.

Join Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince Vocal Ensemble, and High Concept Laboratories for an evening of new works tailor-made for the performers, featuring current and former members of High Concept Labs' Sponsored Projects Program: composer Robert Honstein, visual artist Liz McCarthy, and Ensemble Dal Niente. After the performance, audience members are encouraged to stick around for an acoustic set / afterparty by the Grant Wallace Band. Free drinks will be provided throughout the evening.

Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano, and Quince Vocal Ensemble

Robert Honstein (b.1980): Terms of Use (2013, WORLD PREMIERE) for solo soprano, chamber ensemble, and vocal ensemble
Daniel Dehaan (b.1988): new work (2013, WORLD PREMIERE) for solo cello
Alexandre Lunsqui: Glaes (2007) for piano and percussion
Morgan Krauss (b.1985): Overcast (2013, WORLD PREMIERE) for bass flute, bass clarinet, and baritone sax
Santiago Diez Fisher (b.1977): Moving as not moving (2012, US PREMIERE) for bass flute, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, electric guitar, viola, cello, and bass

Grant Wallace Band

Drinks included.

In the late 1970s, the Asko Ensemble  an Amsterdam-based forerunner of today's contemporary chamber ensemble model  established a composer-performer collective which met weekly and provided the opportunity for extensive collaboration between composers and performers. This collective, called "Werkplaats", rose to the musical demands of young artists and allowed for their substantial artistic development  ultimately resulting in one of the world's richest communities of contemporary music.

Dal Niente takes a proverbial page from the ASKO Ensemble with WERKplaats, a performance of new works based upon extensive workshop collaboration. Co-produced by High Concept Laboratories, this project attempts to meet the demands of modern artists through fostering partnerships from which new artistic works are born. The audience will have an opportunity to connect with these new works in a relaxed, intimate environment lacking the protocol of traditional concerts.

Brooklyn-based composer Robert Honstein will work closely with Dal Niente musicians to create a new work of musical theater based on a series of emails unintentionally addressed to the him, devising a unique sound world for this unusual libretto.  The ensemble will perform a new work of Santiago Diez-Fisher, created during an intensive workshop produced by the 2012 Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, as well as solo pieces tailor-made for the players' unique talents and a new work commissioned specifically for this event by Chicago composer Morgan Krauss.



The National Pastime Theater (View)
941 W. Lawence Avenue at the Preston Bradly Center
Chicago, IL 60640
United States


Music > Classical
Music > Experimental

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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