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May

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May

a fond farewell to Curtis

  A couple of weeks ago, we visited Curtis for the last official week of our three-year residency. It was a busy and exciting week with Steve Mackey in residence, and we pulled together a wonderful program of his music that was live-streamed on…

15

April

Countdown to Old Town

There are officially nine (9) days until our debut at Old Town School of Music! We’re really excited to finally perform at one of Chicago’s most venerable cultural institutions, and we have a lineup of our greatest hits in store, including a four-hand piano…

18

March

Dear Istanbul

  Dear Istanbul, Though we only spent a few short days together, I hope you don’t think it too bold of me to declare my undying love for you. From the moment we met, you enticed every one of my senses with your colors…

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March

eighth blackbird announces new flutist

eighth blackbird announces new flutist Nathalie Joachim; Three-time Grammy winning ensemble also bids a fond farewell to departing flutist Tim Munro   photo credits: Tim Munro (left) by Joe Mazza; Nathalie Joachim (right) by Arthur Moeller After nine years, flutist Tim Munro will leave eighth blackbird at the…

07

March

Bogotá

  We had a great time in Bogotá last week. Even though it was a long day of traveling to get there, there was only one hour of time difference so we didn’t have to deal with jet lag. The temperature and weather are perpetual spring,…

03

March

Sofia Gubaidulina

  Last Sunday we had the privilege of premiering Die Pilger by Sofia Gubaidulina for Contempo, and we were doubly honored by her presence in Chicago and at our rehearsals. With several timpani, a gazillion gongs, glock, vibes and marimba, we had both Matthew…

23

February

Paradise Picturebook

  Yes, we were in Hawaii. But as a courtesy to all of you, I waited until I was back in sub-freezing temperatures to post pictures. So, please, no hate – we’re freezing now, too.  We started off in Honolulu and worked with students…

09

February

From Winter Storm Linus to the Pineapple Express

We were so traumatized by the deep freeze of Chicago that even the torrential rains of the Pineapple Express delighted us.  I very reluctantly left my winter coat at home and shivered my way to O’Hare, only to step out at Sea-Tac to discover that…

03

February

digging out

  I was feeling pretty smug watching New Englanders (my dad) get hit last week with 30 inches in some places, but then we got our comeuppance in a major way. The past couple days brought the fifth-largest blizzard to ever hit Chicago, with…

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