“eighth blackbird’s performances are the picture of polish and precision, and they seem to be thoroughly engaged by music in a broad range of contemporary styles.”—New York Times
This Chicago-based new music sextet has received national attention for combining bracing virtuosity, an alluring sense of irreverence, and joyful performances that sparkle with wit and physical energy. Widely lauded for its onstage style—often playing from memory with virtuosic and theatrical flair—eighth blackbird has attracted growing legions of fans, helping to make contemporary music accessible to wide audiences. In a long-overdue return to the Twin Cities, the ensemble performs an evening of minimalist masterworks featuring Steve Reich’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize–winning Double Sextet, performed with local new music champions Zeitgeist, and new works by Bang On A Can All-Stars founders Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, and David Lang. Choreography by Susan Marshall.