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eighth blackbird:
The Music of Less/The Music of More

Mar 22–24, 2012


eighth blackbird. Photo: Luke Ratray

“Audacious and versatile … great technical chops and unbounded musical tastes.”
— Wall Street Journal

The acclaimed Chicago-based chamber music ensemble returns to the MCA Stage for two concerts presented with the MCA exhibition, The Language of Less (Then and Now) that feature contemporary visual art with themes of minimalism. Both concerts feature music by esteemed older composers as well as talented younger composers.

The March 22 concert explores what “less” can mean when translated to music – with stark, otherworldly landscapes by Alvin Lucier contrasted with calm beautiful works by younger composers Timo Andres and Caleb Burhans. Music by Philip Glass and David Lang round out the concert.

The March 24 concert of “more” features more of everything – more notes, more wild humor and complexity that pushes the virtuoso ensemble to its limits. The composer Bruno Mantovani is renowned in his native France, but little-known in America. Eclectic music by younger composers, Fabian Svensson (Sweden) and Americans Dan Visconti and Amy Kirsten complete the program.

Running times
The Music of Less: 90 minutes, with intermission
The Music of More: 65 minutes, with intermission

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Support for this project is generously provided by The Amphion Foundation, Inc.