As part of the collaboration between the Cornell Concert Series and Lifelong, members can purchase tickets through the Lifelong office at a 25% discounted price.
Upcoming Cornell Concert Series Performance:
Friday, April 28, 8:00 PM, Barnes Hall
“The Blackbirds are examples of a new breed of super-musicians.” – Los Angeles Times
“One of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet.” – Chicago Tribune
“The sextet Eighth Blackbird is simply the most exciting force for new music on the concert stage today.” – Cincinnati.com
Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based super-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) Eighth Blackbird is composed of a flutist, clarinetist, violin/violist, cellist, percussionist, and a pianist.
Eighth Blackbird’s mission—to move music forward through innovative performance, advocate for new music by living composers, and create a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians —extends beyond recording and touring to curation and education. The ensemble served as Music Director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival, has held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the University of Chicago, and holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond. The 2015–16 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.