eighth blackbird, Chicago-based chamber music ensemble and 2012 Grammy winner for "Best Chamber Music Performance," return to the MCA Stage for two concerts presented in conjunction with the MCA exhibition, The Language of Less (Then and Now). The Music of Less and Music of More present work that explores the dynamics of minimal and complex elements within music. The concerts take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on Thursday, March 22, and Saturday March 24, 2012. Following the March 24 concert, eighth blackbird stages a special (separate ticket) concert of the landmark composition In C (1964) by Terry Riley.
The March 22 concert explores what "less" can mean when translated to music - with stark, otherworldly landscapes by Alvin Lucier and Morton Feldman, contrasted with calm beautiful works by composers Timo Andres and Caleb Burhans. Music by Philip Glass and David Lang rounds out the concert. The "more" concert on March 24 features more of everything - more notes and complexity that pushes the virtuoso ensemble to its limits.
Music of Less Program: Philip Glass, Music in Similar Motion (1969), 12 minutes; Morton Feldman, Durations I (1960), 10 minutes; Caleb Burhans, Lullaby for Madeline (2008), 5 minutes; Jacob TV, The Body of Your Dreams (2002), 10 minutes; Timothy (Timo) Andres, Crashing through Fences (2009), 6 minutes; Alvin Lucier, Fidelio Trio (1987), 12 minutes; David Lang, these broken wings (2007), 15 minutes.
Music of More Program: Fabian Svensson, Two Sides (2009), 9 minutes; Amy Beth Kirsten, Pirouette (2011), 8 minutes; Kurt Rohde, this bag is not a toy (2011), 11 minutes; Andy Akiho, ErAsE (2011), 10 minutes; György Ligeti, Etudes (1985-94), 8 minutes; Bruno Mantovani, Chamber Concerto No. 2 (2011), 18 minutes.
In C Performance: This influential work consists of 53 short, numbered musical phrases, composed in 1964 by Terry Riley. More than 30 Chicago-area musicians join eighth blackbird for this event, and ticket proceeds benefit New Music Chicago, the organization established in 2005 to expand the audience for contemporary art music and foster more opportunities for its performance.
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