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New Music Greats Eighth Blackbird to Perform in Shannon Hall

Press Release

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 Contact: Esty Dinur, edinur@wisc.edu, (608) 262-3907

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The Wisconsin Union Theater welcomes Eighth Blackbird to Shannon Hall on Saturday, March 3rd at 7:30 pm. Pricing is as follows: UW-Madison students are $10, Union Members and Non-UW Students are $37/33/25, UW-Madison Faculty and Staff are $39/35/25, General Public is $41/37/25. Tickets may be bought online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person, see locations and hours here.

Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched in 1996, this Chicago-based group has earned its status as “a brand-name…defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality…. known for performing from memory, employing choreography and collaborations with theater artists, lighting designers and even puppetry artists” (Detroit Free Press). 

The ensemble won the 1998 Concert Artists Guild Competition and over the course of two decades has commissioned and premiered the work of David T. Little, Steven Mackey, Missy Mazzoli, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich. Their 20th anniversary in 2016 included a fourth GRAMMY Award for Best Small/Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance and the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, followed by Chamber Music America’s inaugural Visionary Award, and Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year in 2017. 

Eighth Blackbird served as Music Director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival, held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the University of Chicago, and it holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond. The 2015-2016 season featured a pioneering residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art: a living installation with open rehearsals, performances, guest artists, and public talks. Eighth Blackbird launches its most ambitious educational venture yet in June 2017: The Blackbird Creative Lab, an annual tuition-free two-week intensive for emerging artists at the Besant Hill School in Ojai, California.

This performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee. This concert was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other funds provided by the Barbara and Frank Manley Cultural Arts Fund, and the Fan Taylor Fund for the Performing Arts.

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