eighth blackbird

Saturday, November 23, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Baldwin Auditorium


The Los Angeles Times hails eighth blackbird as “a new breed of super musicians.” The Chicago-based sextet combines striking virtuosity with disarming irreverence, as they devote themselves to inspiring and performing today’s master classical composers.

eighth blackbird’s program presents selections of these contemporary new works in all their thrilling variety. They commissioned the visionary Australian composer Brett Dean to write what the Guardian (UK) called “a beautifully shaped and realized sextet.” Yale-trained classical guitarist Bryce Dessner unites minimalist rhythms with American folk melodies. And Steven Mackey’s Slide brought the group their third Grammy Award in early 2013.

Program

Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades
I. Omie Wise
II. Young Emily
III. Wave the Sea
IV. Brushy Fork
Tom Johnson/Ligeti, arranged by Kaplan and Munro: Counting Duets/Etudes
Counting Duet #1 (Johnson)
Fanfares (Ligeti, arr. by Kaplan)
Counting Duet #2 (Johnson)
En Suspens (Ligeti, arr. by Munro)
Counting Duet #3 (Johnson)
Entrelacs (Ligeti arr. by Kaplan)
Counting Duet #4 (Johnson)
Automne a Varsovie (Ligeti, arr. by Munro)
Steve Mackey: Suite: Slide
I. Slide of Dog
II. Depending
III. Lonely Motel
Richard Reed Parry: Duet for Heart and Breath
Brett Dean: Sextet

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