Schedule of Events

Jun
22
Sat
2019
Night Out in the Parks @ Hamilton Park - Chicago, IL
Jun 22 @ 3:00 PM

Chicago-based four-time GRAMMY award-winning new music sextet Eighth Blackbird, brings NOIS saxophone quartet and Juxtatonal voice and cello duo, two alumni ensembles from the Blackbird Creative Lab, to Englewood and Garfield Park for all-ages afternoon concerts. Each performance includes time to interact with the musicians and a chance to learn more about neighborhood music initiatives for youth and adults. The Englewood post-concert conversation will focus on older youth and young adults interested in pursuing music study and careers.

Jun
23
Sun
2019
Night Out in the Parks @ Garfield Park Conservatory - Chicago, IL
Jun 23 @ 3:00 PM

Chicago-based four-time GRAMMY award-winning new music sextet Eighth Blackbird, brings NOIS saxophone quartet and Juxtatonal voice and cello duo, two alumni ensembles from the Blackbird Creative Lab, to Englewood and Garfield Park for all-ages afternoon concerts. Each performance includes time to interact with the musicians and a chance to learn more about neighborhood music initiatives for youth and adults. The Englewood post-concert conversation will focus on older youth and young adults interested in pursuing music study and careers.

Jun
26
Wed
2019
Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival Concert #1 @ St. Hugo of the Hills - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Jun 26 @ 7:30 PM

Sounds of Future’s Past
Sponsored by James Tocco
John Novacek, Philip Setzer, Lawrence Power, Paul Watkins, Callisto Quartet, Blackbird Creative Lab (~Nois, Juxtatonal and The Furies), Eighth Blackbird

Join us for a celebration of the past, present and future of composition featuring the Callisto Quartet’s world premiere performance of a work by Stone Composer Fellow Annika K. Socolofsky; Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 3 featuring Philip Setzer, Lawrence Power, Paul Watkins and John Novacek; and selections from some of contemporary music’s most applauded composers performed by modern-classical superstars, Eighth Blackbird.

PRELUDE: LIGETI | String Quartet No. 1

Callisto Quartet

ANNIKA KALE SOCOLOFSKY |the meantime (WORLD PREMIERE)
BRAHMS | Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60
LUDWIG | Josquin Microludes
NEUWIRTH | …ad auras…in memoriam H.
DEWHIRST | #nofilter
CUONG | Electric Aroma

Jun
27
Thu
2019
Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival Concert #2 @ St. Hugo of the Hills - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Jun 27 @ 7:30 PM

Re-Generations
James Tocco, Leila Josefowicz, Philip Setzer, Lawrence Power, Paul Watkins, Blackbird Creative Lab (~Nois, Juxtatonal and The Furies), Eighth Blackbird, Ivalas Quartet, Thalea String Quartet

Eighth Blackbird returns for a performance of all things contemporary featuring works by Stone Composer-in-Residence Sarah Kirkland Snider, Annika Kale Socolofsky and Viet Cuong. Plus, witness a Festival showstopper as Leila Josefowicz, Philip Setzer, Lawrence Power, Paul Watkins and members from the Thalea String Quartet and Eighth Blackbird combine for a cross-generational performance of Shostakovich’s Two Pieces for String Octet.

PRELUDE: SHOSTAKOVICH | String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73
Thalea String Quartet

DVOŘÁK | Waltzes, Op. 54
SNIDER | Chrysalis
SOCOLOFSKY | Who Am I To Say?
SNIDER | You Are Free
SOCOLOFSKY | Don’t Say a Word
CUONG | Prized Possessions
BRAHMS | Trio for Clarinet (Viola), Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114
SHOSTAKOVICH | Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11

Jun
28
Fri
2019
Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival Concert #3 @ Holding House - Detroit, MI
Jun 28 @ 7:30 PM

Audio/Visual

Sponsored by High Wire Lab
Eighth Blackbird, Blackbird Creative Lab

Join Eighth Blackbird for a celebration of the Blackbird Creative Lab, a summer program Eighth Blackbird initiated in 2017. Eighth Blackbird will be joined by three lab alumni groups — ~Nois, Juxtatonal (who formed at the Lab in 2017) and The Furies — in a performance featuring several lab alumni composers who represent some of the most innovative and appealing voices of a new generation: Gemma Peacocke, Molly Joyce, Nina Shekhar, Fjola Evans and Danny Clay. The evening will start with Björk’s The Pleasure is All Mine and culminate in a performance of Julius Eastman’s seminal 1971 work, Stay On It, performed by everyone.

 

BJÖRK | The Pleasure is All Mine
PEACOCKE | Dwalm
PEACOCKE | Cicada
JOYCE | Less is More
CLAY/PARK/PARK | Opposites
SHEKHAR | Food Fight
EVANS | Eroding
EASTMAN | Stay On It