John von Rhein of Chicago Tribune suggests that in 2009 you resolve to:
“Make listening to contemporary music an essential part of your life: You don’t have to like every new score you hear, of course. But you shouldn’t shun music just because it’s unfamiliar—you might even find yourself turned on by sounds fresh and exciting. No contemporary ensemble based in Chicago serves up such sounds with greater polish and gusto than eighth blackbird. The dynamic group will join with the renowned Hilliard Ensemble to perform works of Stephen Hartke on Feb. 19 as part of its second season at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive.” (312-334-7777)
We couldn’t agree more.
“From Haydn to Hartke, Chicago’s classical lineup is ‘second’ to none”
Also, in the Arts section of the new year’s first Sunday Chicago Tribune, John includes eighth blackbird’s February 19th concert with the Hilliard Ensemble in his list of the “more promising performances from a packed ‘second season.'”
“eighth blackbird: The city’s most out-there band of contemporary music explorers presents a profile of composer Stephen Hartke, assisted by vocalists from the Hilliard Ensemble. Feb. 19; Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St.; 312-334-7777″
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