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Shanna Gutierrez presents a program of new music for flute and electronics

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As a founding member of Ensemble dal Niente—and in the solo and duo programs she has presented since leaving them—flutist Shanna Gutierrez has consistently championed new music that pushes compositional and performance boundaries. The four pieces she’ll perform tonight include two world premieres and a work being performed in Chicago for the first time, and each one proposes a different role for her instrument. Opening the performance is David Means’s “Berliner Andenken” (1990), which blurs the line between live performance and installation by requiring the flute player to play at a succession of fixed music stands while another musician wreathes squelchy electronic tones around intricate woodwind phrases. The two world premieres follow: Eric Chasalow’s “Ariel Fantasy” (2017) reframes solo instrumental performance as monodrama, a term usually applied to a single opera vocalist relating a melodramatic song sequence. Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf’s “Atsiminimas” (2016) is a solo piece for bass flute, an instrument Gutierrez favors because of the access it provides to microtones and multiphonic effects. The final piece will be the local debut of Marco Stroppa’s “Little I” (1996), which will showcase Gutierrez’s flute, piccolo, and alto flute dueting with electronic musician Eric Honour.   v

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