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Eighth Blackbird at the MCA

Major concert by one of the best contemporary ensembles in the world, I suggest you don't miss this one! Amazing mix of music and theater. Get tickets individually as soon as you can and we can meet there. Featuring the Chicago Premiere of Amy Beth Kirsten’s Colombine’s Paradise Theatre.

Please comment if anyone is interested in meeting for dinner around 6:00 at Indian Garden, 247 E Ontario, second floor.

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s 14/15 Season opens with a concert by MCA stage veterans eighth blackbird. The ensemble comes to the Edlis Neeson Theater on September 12th, 2014, at 7:30 pm, performing the incendiary Heart and Breath.

Heart and Breath is a two-part performance—first, an exploration of love through the ages, featuring an eclectic collection of works by Bon Iver, Claudio Monteverdi, Carlo Gesualdo, and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire). Then, composer Amy Beth Kirsten’s Colombine’s Paradise Theatre — a dark 21st century musical fantasy on the 17th century commedia dell’arte theater of Italy. The result is a seamless yet surprising journey from language to music, music to symbol, and symbol to language again. Under the direction and design finesse of Mark DeChiazza, this moon-spun nightmare allows each member of the ensemble to glow, growl, and misbehave in a seductive battle for Colombine’s heart.

Complete Program:

Richard Reed Parry – Duo for Heart and Breath
Bon Iver, arr. Kaplan – Babys
Claudio Monteverdi, arr. Munro – Lamento della Ninfa
Carlo Gesulado, arr. Munro – Moro, lasso al mio duolo
Amy Beth Kirsten – Colombine’s Paradise Theatre

The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 220 East Chicago Avenue. Tickets may be reserved online or by calling the Box Office at[masked]-4010.
Belleville, Illinois, native Amy Beth Kirsten is a composer for orchestra, chamber ensemble, opera, and solo instruments, as well as a librettist and poet. Kirsten earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from Benedictine University; a master’s degree in composition from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University; and a doctorate in composition from Peabody Conservatory. She is the recipient of several notable awards and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, and the MAP Fund.

Mark DeChiazza is a director, filmmaker, designer, and choreographer. Colombine’s Paradise Theatre, his first creative collaboration with Amy Beth Kirsten, continues a relationship with eighth blackbird that began with their acclaimed production of Pierrot Lunaire which he conceived and directed for the ensemble. His work has been presented by prominent national venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Prototype Festival, Stanford Live, and the Kennedy Center.

ABOUT The Museum of Contemporary Art: One of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. MCA Chicago documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a panoramic view of Lake Michigan.

ABOUT eighth blackbird: eighth blackbird combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band and the audacity of a storefront theater company. The Chicago-based, three-time Grammy Award-winning “super-musicians” (LA Times) entertain and provoke audiences across the country and around the world. In addition to longstanding relationships as Ensemble in Residence at the University of Richmond and University of Chicago, eighth blackbird is also in its third year of a three-year, Mellon Foundation-funded term as Ensemble in Residence at Philadelphia’s prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. eighth blackbird’s members hail from America’s Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden and Bay states, and Australia’s Sunshine State. The name “eighth blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1917). Highlights of the 2014/15 season includes debuts at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival and Symphony Space in New York, Interlochen, and in Hawaii and Turkey, as well as returns to the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, and Chicago appearances at the Museum of Contemporary Art. www.eighthblackbird.org

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  • Jia L.

    See you next time and enjoy the show!

    September 11, 2014

  • Jia L.

    Unfortunately I didn't get a ticket..

    September 11, 2014

  • Cate

    Gosh - sorry that it's sold out. Won't be there then.

    September 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since it's sold out, can anyone that bought tickets leave a comment, so we know who to expect? I will be in the lobby close to a theater door around 7:15, hope to see everyone. We might go out for a quick drink afterwards if there is enough interest.

    September 8, 2014

  • hongying

    Oh no! I thought I would buy the ticket when the date approaches.

    September 4, 2014

  • Kadi

    Alas, I see it's sold out

    September 4, 2014

  • hongying

    Yes I would like join you for dinner. Thanks!

    August 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are not many tickets left. I just bought L8, there are seats to my left and right, in case anyone likes
    to seat together

    August 12, 2014

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