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Tuesday, April 1 | 7:30 p.m.


eighth blackbird \ˈātth ˈblak-ˌbərd\ slang
(orig. and chiefly U.S.). 

  1. verb. to act with commitment and virtuosity; to zap, zip, sock 
  2. adjective. having fearless (yet irreverent) qualities. 
  3. noun. a flock of songbirds, common in urban areas since 1996.
The three-time Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird brings its entertaining and provoking music to the stage of the University of Idaho’s Auditorium at 7:30 pm on Tuesday April 1. The sextet of percussion, piano, flute, clarinet, violin and cello combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band and the audacity of a storefront theater company. The Chicago-based “super-musicians” (LA Times) will also teach classes in Moscow during their residency.

A highlight of their concert is a work they commissioned from Bryce Dessner, the guitarist of the acclaimed rock band The National. Dessner was inspired by the tragic shootings in Aurora and Sandy Hook to compose Murder Ballades, based on “the seductive music and violent stories” of three classic Anglo-American folk songs. eighth blackbird’s concert, which closes the Auditorium Chamber Music Series season, will also include works by Steve Mackey, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry.

The public is welcome to the classes offered by the members of eighth blackbird on Wednesday, April 2 at the University of Idaho. These include a presentation on Stage Movement for Musicians and individual master classes. Download PDF version of  Presentation & Master Class Schedule.

Tickets for the April 1 concert, at $10 (students), $17 (seniors) and $20 (general admission) are available at BookPeople of Moscow and online. The Auditorium Series website also lists program details and parking information.

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eighth blackbird Program Notes

eighth blackbird
Presentations and Masterclasses
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Presentation: Stage Movement for Musicians
11:30 am -12:20 pm | Haddock Performance Hall - Lionel Hampton School of Music

Masterclasses
2:30 pm flute Music Room 116
violin Music Room 117
cello Music Room 119

3:30 pm  piano Haddock Performance Hall
percussion University Auditorium
clarinet Music Room 116