Proximity: Enno Poppe with Ensemble Dal Niente

  • Merit School of Music 38 South Peoria Street Chicago, IL, 60607 United States

Ensemble Dal Niente welcomes Enno Poppe to Chicago to work with the ensemble for the first time as guest conductor and program curator for the ensemble’s “Proximity” series. 

As critic Paul Griffiths put it: “Poppe writes music that is at once natural and weird, as perhaps nature is.” Poppe’s highly original style, marrying strange, organic, and microtonal language with a classical sense of development, has made him a Dal Niente favorite. 

This program includes the North American Premieres of Poppe’s Stoff for ensemble and Michael Pelzel’s ...sentiers tortueux… (“crooked paths”), which calls for a number of auxiliary instruments and micro-tuned pianos seldom heard in person. Soloists Katie Schoepflin (clarinet) and Winston Choi (piano) will perform two other cornerstone works by Poppe - his Holz for solo clarinet & ensemble and Theme with 840 Variations for solo piano.

Enno Poppe - Stoff (2016) for flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello (North American Premiere)

Enno Poppe - Holz (2000) for solo clarinet, flute, saxophone, keyboard, percussion, violin, viola, cello

Enno Poppe - Theme with 840 Variations (1997) for solo piano

Michael Pelzel - ...sentiers tortueux... (2007) for flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, micro-tuned piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello (North American Premiere)

Rebecca Saunders - Vermilion (2003) for clarinet, cello, electric guitar