Guest Post: Katrina Leshan

  My first memory of new music comes from age 19. I was in Caruth Auditorium at my alma mater Southern Methodist University, and a group of six musicians I had never heard of had won the Meadows Prize: a $10,000 year-long residency at…



8bb plays the sidewalk with David Lee Csicsko and Michael Ward-Bergeman

  Today we had a long rehearsal with Michael Ward-Bergeman on our rep for our Millennium Park concert this Thursday at 6:30. In between Michael’s entertaining stories about his Gig365 project, we got a little education on the Big Easy and the tradition of…



The Unexpected: 2014

Tomorrow we join forces with the other two companies of our Creative Partners team, Lucky Plush Productions and Blair Thomas & Co., at the Dance Center of Columbia College. It’ll be a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the second year of our exciting development partnership, with…




  Indoor mini-golf. Arcade games. And black light. Need I say more?? This is the outing our fun-loving staff planned for eighth blackbird’s end of season romp. Fabulous Founding Violinist Matt Albert (herein referred to as FFV) was also in town and joined us for…



Civic Orchestra Residency

  Last week we served up some hometown love by spending two days with Chicago’s own Civic Orchestra. Our first day was rough on our parts, having taken an early morning flight back from Cleveland and spending just enough time at home to drop…



neverending tour

It is week 4 of our 5-week tour and we are in Richmond for our last visit of this semester. We’ve been to LA, Spokane, Moscow, Ashland, and Eugene in the past two weeks. We head to SUNY Purchase this weekend for a quick…



CSO and MusicNOW

We had a wonderful weekend in Cincinnati as Artist in Residence with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during their inaugural collaboration with Bryce Dessner’s MusicNOW festival. To say it was daring and exciting does it no justice – it was the collision of two musical galaxies…



CH Distillery benefit

Last Sunday we took our intrepid guests to CH Distillery for a benefit shindig after our second MCA concert, where we indulged in cocktails and nibbles and general revelry. Here are some pics of attendees and the beautiful distillery taken by Maren Celest. Huge…



Make it red

We spent this past week in the pit and onstage with the UR dance department, collaborating on two works. One was choreographed by faculty member Anne Van Gelder, and the other by guest choreographer Stefanie Batten-Bland. Anne chose faculty member Benjamin Broening’s piece like dreams,…



Adventures at NASA

    A couple of days ago, Matthew and I joined the University of Richmond’s Soundscapes class on a field trip to the Acoustic Research Lab at NASA in Langley, Virginia. Tim had been all psyched to go as well until we found out…

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