Eighth Blackbird with Will Oldham (Bonnie "Prince" Billy)

Leslie Cheek Theatre, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

“The sextet Eighth Blackbird is simply the most exciting force for new music on the concert stage today” – Cincinnati.com

The centerpiece of the program by four-time Grammy® Award-winning sextet Eighth Blackbird is Murder Ballades, a work by composer Bryce Dessner, guitarist for indie rock band The National. “The ‘murder ballad’ has its roots in a European tradition, in which grisly details of bloody homicides are recounted through song,” Dessner writes, and his set of seven instrumental ballads reflects his twists on the tradition.

The music of singer-songwriter Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, has been linked to Americana, folk, roots, country, punk, and indie rock, and Will himself has been described as an “Appalachian postpunk solipsist” with a voice that is “a fragile sort of warble frittering around haunted melodies in the American folk or country tradition.” He joins the ‘Birds once again to perform a set of original songs, along with Frederic Rzewski’s iconic Coming Together, a touchstone piece of classical music’s young, underground, independently minded set.

The evening’s program will also include David Lang’s learn to fly.

Ticket Information
Modlin Center Subscriber (4+ Performances): $22
Adult: $28 UR Student: FREE
Senior (62+): $25 UR Employee: $24
Chile (0-12): $14 Group (20+): $25

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