From Eighth Blackbird: “Eighth Blackbird’s 2018 Gala”

From Eighth Blackbird

Eighth Blackbird’s 2018 Gala
May 15 | 6-10pm | The Ivy Room


Join us on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 for Eighth Blackbird’s Gala at The Ivy Room in River North, formerly known as Chicago’s historic Tree Studios. RSVPs are being taken until Thursday, May 10th at noon, so get your tickets today for a fabulous evening including:

A dynamic concert by Eighth Blackbird.
Two signature drinks co-designed by Nick Photinos and CH Distillery.
A live auction of exclusive items.
A special appearance by 2018 Blackbird Creative Lab fellows ~NOIS saxophone quartet, and other Lab alum surprises.

Bienen School graduate saxophone quartet ~Nois has been awarded second prize in the open division of the 2018 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition. As a second place laureate, the quartet received an $8,000 award.

Quartet members include doctoral student Brandon Quarles (G17) and master’s students Hunter Bockes, Janos Csontos and Jordan Lulloff. All are students of associate professor Taimur Sullivan.

Single Tickets: $250 per person
Single tickets
Tables of Ten: $2500 and up
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Nathalie Joachim, flutes • Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets • Yvonne Lam, violin & viola •
Nick Photinos, cello • Matthew Duvall, percussion • Lisa Kaplan, piano

Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). 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’s mission—moving music forward through innovative performance, advocating for new music by living composers, and creating 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. In 2017, Eighth Blackbird launched its boldest initiative yet with the creation of Blackbird Creative Laboratory, a tuition-free, two-week summer workshop and performance festival for performers and composers in Ojai, CA.

Eighth Blackbird’s members hail from the Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, Empire and Bay states. The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, imagistic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: “I know noble accents / And lucid, inescapable rhythms; / But I know, too, / That the blackbird is involved / In what I know.”

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