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Eighth blackbird brings unique classical music to TAMUK
Oct 27, 2010 | 410 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Grammy-award winning performers eighth blackbird will bring their unique take on contemporary classical music to Texas A&M University-Kingsville as the third installment of the 2010 Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series.

The group will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in Jones Auditorium. Admission is free for students with valid university identification. Tickets are available to the general public for $8 or $20 for tickets to the remaining three shows in the Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series.

With a distinct approach that melds classical and contemporary, eighth blackbird has earned international acclaim since its creation in 1996. The group won a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Chamber Music Performance. The sextet often plays from memory, adding a theatrical flair to each performance.

The group will perform an all-acoustic set that will include pieces from well-known composers, including Pierre Boulez, Missy Mazzoli and Thomas Ades.

Current members of eighth blackbird include:

Tim Munro, flutes; Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets; Matt Albert, violin and viola; Nicholas Photinos, cello; Matthew Duvall, percussion; and Lisa Kaplan, piano.

The Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series is a yearlong program of art, music and theatre performances that bring culture and variety to Kingsville for faculty, staff, students and community audiences. The intention is to bring a new element to learning outside the classroom for students as they are entertained and educated in venues they might not normally visit. Community members are welcome to continue lifelong learning by attending these events and interacting with our students. For more information, call 593-2769.
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