Posting Date: March 16, 2011

Eighth blackbird to perform in Premiere Series
Performance includes new work from composer Nico Muhly

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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Premiere Series presents Grammy Award-winning contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird in concert on April 2 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The concert will include the world premiere of a piece co-commissioned by the KSU School of Music.

The ensemble partnered with the KSU School of Music and the Anima Young Singers of Chicago to commission “How Soon?,” a new work composed by Nico Muhly. Muhly has worked on numerous film scores and has recently received commissions from the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. “How Soon?” is based on a 17th-century poem by George Herbert. The piece will include a treble chorus performed by the KSU Women’s Chorus.

Renowned for its distinctive and provocative performances, eighth blackbird will also be performing works by Missy Mazzoli, John Cage, Stephen Hartke and Philip Glass.

David Daly, director of the Bailey Performance Center, calls eighth blackbird’s performances mesmerizing, saying, “They are incredibly talented musicians, and that fact combined with the visual and spatial aspects of their performance provides the listener with a truly unique experience.” According to Daly, eighth blackbird is on the forefront of what is new and exciting in modern classical music.

Eighth blackbird and Muhly will also hold master classes and other residency activities for the KSU community as part of the New Music Festival on Friday, April 1. 

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bailey Center Performance Hall, eighth blackbird will offer chamber ensemble coaching sessions. KSU student chamber music ensembles will play short pieces for members of eighth blackbird, who will provide feedback and instruction on their performances.

From 2-3:30 p.m. in Wilson Building Room 103, eighth blackbird and Muhly will hold a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session. Discussion topics include how to form and maintain a chamber music ensemble, how to communicate effectively in rehearsals, how to choose and prepare repertoire, and how to perform with conviction for an audience.

Muhly will then conduct a discussion session from 4-5:30 p.m. in Wilson Building Room 103 aimed at composers and composition. All activities are free and open to the public.


Tickets for the concert are $30. Student and group discounts are available. For more information, visit the KSU box office or call 770-423-6650.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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