Calendar of Events

Feb
23
Thu
Musica Viva Tour @ Llewellyn Hall - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA
Feb 23 @ 7:00 PM

Celebrate the joy of the new with Eighth Blackbird. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble – described by the LA Times as a collection of ‘supermusicians’ – revels in the work of living composers, played with love, virtuosity and enjoyment. This tour sees them delving into contemporary gems by Muhly, Dessner, Hearne and Andres, alongside a world premiere by Sydney composer Holly Harrison.


Program

  • Nico Muhly: Doublespeak
  • Bryce Dessner:  Murder Ballades
  • Holly Harrison:  New Work (World Premiere)*
  • Ted Hearne:  By-By Huey
  • Timo Andres:  Checkered Shade
*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project
Feb
25
Sat
Musica Viva Tour @ City Concert Hall - Sydney NSW, AUSTRALIA
Feb 25 @ 2:00 PM

Celebrate the joy of the new with Eighth Blackbird. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble – described by the LA Times as a collection of ‘supermusicians’ – revels in the work of living composers, played with love, virtuosity and enjoyment. This tour sees them delving into contemporary gems by Muhly, Dessner, Hearne and Andres, alongside a world premiere by Sydney composer Holly Harrison.


Program

  • Nico Muhly: Doublespeak
  • Bryce Dessner:  Murder Ballades
  • Holly Harrison:  New Work (World Premiere)*
  • Ted Hearne:  By-By Huey
  • Timo Andres:  Checkered Shade
*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project
Feb
27
Mon
Musica Viva Tour @ City Recital Hall - Sydney NSW, AUSTRALIA
Feb 27 @ 7:00 PM

Celebrate the joy of the new with Eighth Blackbird. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble – described by the LA Times as a collection of ‘supermusicians’ – revels in the work of living composers, played with love, virtuosity and enjoyment. This tour sees them delving into contemporary gems by Muhly, Dessner, Hearne and Andres, alongside a world premiere by Sydney composer Holly Harrison.


Program

  • Nico Muhly: Doublespeak
  • Bryce Dessner:  Murder Ballades
  • Holly Harrison:  New Work (World Premiere)*
  • Ted Hearne:  By-By Huey
  • Timo Andres:  Checkered Shade
*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project
Feb
28
Tue
Musica Viva Tour @ Melbourne Recital Centre - Melbourne VIC, AUSTRALIA
Feb 28 @ 7:00 PM

Celebrate the joy of the new with Eighth Blackbird. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble – described by the LA Times as a collection of ‘supermusicians’ – revels in the work of living composers, played with love, virtuosity and enjoyment. This tour sees them delving into contemporary gems by Muhly, Dessner, Hearne and Andres, alongside a world premiere by Sydney composer Holly Harrison.


Program

  • Nico Muhly: Doublespeak
  • Bryce Dessner:  Murder Ballades
  • Holly Harrison:  New Work (World Premiere)*
  • Ted Hearne:  By-By Huey
  • Timo Andres:  Checkered Shade
*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project
Mar
2
Thu
Musica Viva Tour @ Newcastle Conservatorium of Music - Newcastle NSW, AUSTRALIA
Mar 2 @ 7:30 PM

Celebrate the joy of the new with Eighth Blackbird. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble – described by the LA Times as a collection of ‘supermusicians’ – revels in the work of living composers, played with love, virtuosity and enjoyment. This tour sees them delving into contemporary gems by Muhly, Dessner, Hearne and Andres, alongside a world premiere by Sydney composer Holly Harrison.


Program

  • Nico Muhly: Doublespeak
  • Bryce Dessner:  Murder Ballades
  • Holly Harrison:  New Work (World Premiere)*
  • Ted Hearne:  By-By Huey
  • Timo Andres:  Checkered Shade
*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project
Mar
4
Sat
Musica Viva Tour @ Melbourne Recital Centre - Melbourne VIC, AUSTRALIA
Mar 4 @ 7:00 PM

Celebrate the joy of the new with Eighth Blackbird. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble – described by the LA Times as a collection of ‘supermusicians’ – revels in the work of living composers, played with love, virtuosity and enjoyment. This tour sees them delving into contemporary gems by Muhly, Dessner, Hearne and Andres, alongside a world premiere by Sydney composer Holly Harrison.


Program

  • Nico Muhly: Doublespeak
  • Bryce Dessner:  Murder Ballades
  • Holly Harrison:  New Work (World Premiere)*
  • Ted Hearne:  By-By Huey
  • Timo Andres:  Checkered Shade
*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project
Mar
7
Tue
Musica Viva Tour @ Queensland Conservatorium - Brisbane QLD, AUSTRALIA
Mar 7 @ 7:00 PM

Celebrate the joy of the new with Eighth Blackbird. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble – described by the LA Times as a collection of ‘supermusicians’ – revels in the work of living composers, played with love, virtuosity and enjoyment. This tour sees them delving into contemporary gems by Muhly, Dessner, Hearne and Andres, alongside a world premiere by Sydney composer Holly Harrison.


Program

  • Nico Muhly: Doublespeak
  • Bryce Dessner:  Murder Ballades
  • Holly Harrison:  New Work (World Premiere)*
  • Ted Hearne:  By-By Huey
  • Timo Andres:  Checkered Shade
*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project
Mar
9
Thu
Musica Viva Tour @ Adelaide Town Hall - Adelaide SA, AUSTRALIA
Mar 9 @ 7:30 PM

Celebrate the joy of the new with Eighth Blackbird. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble – described by the LA Times as a collection of ‘supermusicians’ – revels in the work of living composers, played with love, virtuosity and enjoyment. This tour sees them delving into contemporary gems by Muhly, Dessner, Hearne and Andres, alongside a world premiere by Sydney composer Holly Harrison.


Program

  • Nico Muhly: Doublespeak
  • Bryce Dessner:  Murder Ballades
  • Holly Harrison:  New Work (World Premiere)*
  • Ted Hearne:  By-By Huey
  • Timo Andres:  Checkered Shade
*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project
Mar
18
Sat
University Musical Society with Third Coast Percussion @ Hill Auditorium - Ann Arbor, MI
Mar 18 @ 8:00 PM

Steve Reich, who has been called “our greatest living composer” (New York Times), celebrates his 80th birthday in 2016, and the year also marks the 40th anniversary of the premiere of Music for 18 Musicians, considered by many to be his greatest composition. Two of Chicago’s world-class ensembles, Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion, team up to perform this seminal composition.


Pre-Performance Talk @ 7:30 pm, Hill Mezzanine Lobby.

Program

  • Reich: Sextet
  • Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
Mar
29
Wed
University of Richmond with Will Oldham @ Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Richmond, VA
Mar 29 @ 7:30 PM

Eighth Blackbird will be joined by Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, for half of the program, featuring arrangements of his songs as well as Frederic Rzewski’s powerful piece Coming Together. The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema. With his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity; his brilliance has captivated fans and made Bonnie one of our most influential and beloved songsmiths. 

The program will also feature Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades, a work inspired by American folk music and commissioned by Eighth Blackbird. Bryce Dessner is one of the most sought-after composers of his generation, with a rapidly expanding catalog of works commissioned by leading ensembles. His orchestral, chamber, and vocal compositions have been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Museum of Art (for the New York Philharmonic), Kronos Quartet, BAM Next Wave Festival, Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, eighth blackbird, Sō Percussion, New York City Ballet, and many others. He has created theatrical works in collaboration with choreographers Benjamin Millepied and Justin Peck, artists Matthew Ritchie, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ragnar Kjartansson, Marcel Dzama, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Sufjan Stevens and Nico Muhly.


Program

  • David Lang: learn to fly
  • Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades
  • Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (speaker: Will Oldham)
  • Will Oldham: Songs
Apr
28
Fri
Cornell Concert Series @ Klarman Hall Auditorium - Ithaca, NY
Apr 28 @ 8:00 PM

Program

  • Nico Muhly: Doublespeak
  • Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades
  • Ted Hearne: By-by Huey
  • Timo Andres: Checkered Shade
Apr
29
Sat
Malmgren Concert Series @ Hendricks Chapel - Syracuse, NY
Apr 29 @ 8:00 PM

Program

  • Nico Muhly: Doublespeak (2012) for sextet
  • Ted Hearne: By-By Huey
  • Tim Andres: Checkered Shade
  • Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013, rev. 2015)
May
3
Wed
Portland’5 Center for the Arts with Will Oldham @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR
May 3 @ 7:30 PM

Eighth Blackbird will be joined by Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, for half of the program, featuring arrangements of his songs as well as Frederic Rzewski’s powerful piece Coming Together. The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema. With his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity; his brilliance has captivated fans and made Bonnie one of our most influential and beloved songsmiths. 

The program will also feature Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades, a work inspired by American folk music and commissioned by Eighth Blackbird. Bryce Dessner is one of the most sought-after composers of his generation, with a rapidly expanding catalog of works commissioned by leading ensembles. His orchestral, chamber, and vocal compositions have been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Museum of Art (for the New York Philharmonic), Kronos Quartet, BAM Next Wave Festival, Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, eighth blackbird, Sō Percussion, New York City Ballet, and many others. He has created theatrical works in collaboration with choreographers Benjamin Millepied and Justin Peck, artists Matthew Ritchie, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ragnar Kjartansson, Marcel Dzama, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Sufjan Stevens and Nico Muhly.


Program

  • David Lang: learn to fly
  • Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades
  • Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (speaker: Will Oldham)
  • Will Oldham: Songs
May
4
Thu
Seattle Theatre Group with Will Oldham @ The Neptune Theatre - Seattle, WA
May 4 @ 7:30 PM

Eighth Blackbird will be joined by Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, for half of the program, featuring arrangements of his songs as well as Frederic Rzewski’s powerful piece Coming Together. The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema. With his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity; his brilliance has captivated fans and made Bonnie one of our most influential and beloved songsmiths. 

The program will also feature Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades, a work inspired by American folk music and commissioned by Eighth Blackbird. Bryce Dessner is one of the most sought-after composers of his generation, with a rapidly expanding catalog of works commissioned by leading ensembles. His orchestral, chamber, and vocal compositions have been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Museum of Art (for the New York Philharmonic), Kronos Quartet, BAM Next Wave Festival, Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, eighth blackbird, Sō Percussion, New York City Ballet, and many others. He has created theatrical works in collaboration with choreographers Benjamin Millepied and Justin Peck, artists Matthew Ritchie, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ragnar Kjartansson, Marcel Dzama, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Sufjan Stevens and Nico Muhly.


Program

  • David Lang: learn to fly
  • Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades
  • Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (speaker: Will Oldham)
  • Will Oldham: Songs
May
6
Sat
Duke University with Will Oldham @ Baldwin Auditorium - Durham, NC
May 6 @ 8:00 PM

Eighth Blackbird will be joined by Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, for half of the program, featuring arrangements of his songs as well as Frederic Rzewski’s powerful piece Coming Together. The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema. With his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity; his brilliance has captivated fans and made Bonnie one of our most influential and beloved songsmiths. 

The program will also feature Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades, a work inspired by American folk music and commissioned by Eighth Blackbird. Bryce Dessner is one of the most sought-after composers of his generation, with a rapidly expanding catalog of works commissioned by leading ensembles. His orchestral, chamber, and vocal compositions have been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Museum of Art (for the New York Philharmonic), Kronos Quartet, BAM Next Wave Festival, Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, eighth blackbird, Sō Percussion, New York City Ballet, and many others. He has created theatrical works in collaboration with choreographers Benjamin Millepied and Justin Peck, artists Matthew Ritchie, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ragnar Kjartansson, Marcel Dzama, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Sufjan Stevens and Nico Muhly.


Program

  • David Lang: learn to fly
  • Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades
  • Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (speaker: Will Oldham)
  • Will Oldham: Songs