eighth blackbird, Still in Motion

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music

Brett Dean: Sextet: Old Kings in Exile (2010)
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades (2013)
David Little: and the sky was still there (2010)
Steve Mackey: Suite: Slide (2012)
Richard Reed Parry: Duet for Heart and Breath (2012)

eighth blackbird asks, “Can music make social or political change?” David Little’s and the sky was still there combines live music, spoken text, and video to tell the story of soldier Amber Ferenz, a gay woman serving under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Bryce Dessner, guitarist of The National, was moved by the massacres in Sandy Hook and Newtown to write Murder Ballades, a musical meditation on the history of American violence through the prism of the murder ballad tradition. Suite: Slide is an instrumental selection from Steve Mackey’s Grammy-winning show Slide (co-commissioned by the Modlin Center), which dealt with how personal prejudice can affect political and social judgement.

Following this concert, the UR music department will erupt into a gleeful, glorious din, as musicians from across the Richmond area participate in John Cage’s joyous, uninhibited Musicircus.

Join the Modlin Center for Modlin Arts After Words, a post-show question-and-answer session with members of eighth blackbird.

Ticket Information
Adult: $20 UR Student: FREE
Senior (62+): $18 UR Employee: $17
Child (0-12): $10 Group (20+): $18

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