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October 30, 2014 | Ensemble Dal Niente

  • Library of Congress - Coolidge Auditorium 100 First St SE Washington, D.C., DC, 20543 USA (map)

Ensemble Dal Niente will help to expand our perceptions of what is possible on the Potomac. The music of George Lewis will be featured, including a new commission from the Library and a recent work written especially for the Chicago-based supergroup. Your new music search will not be “in vain” with the concert’s monumental closer by Austrian (Styrian) composer Georg Friedrich Haas. With in vain’s dramatic lighting, a unique experience awaits your eyes and ears.

Georg Friedrich Haas has emerged as one of the major European composers of his generation. His music synthesizes in a highly original way the Austrian tradition of grand orchestral statement with forward-looking interests in harmonic color and microtonal tuning that stem from both French spectralism and a strand of American experimentalism. The result is an exploratory, uncompromising music that is also sensuously attractive. His music appeals to unusually diverse constituencies, from avant-garde composers for its microtonal investigations to casual listeners for its spacious forms and euphonious harmony.

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