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Grammy Winners eighth blackbird to Join Oberlin's CME in Concert

October 2, 2013

Erich Burnett

The six musicians pose in concert attire against a painted, industrial brick wall. Three of them are standing on pipes or a beam emerging from the wall about 2 or 3 feet above the floor.
Photo credit: Luke Ratray

Eighth blackbird, the three-time Grammy winning contemporary chamber music ensemble founded by alumni of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, returns to campus this week to begin a mini-residency and collaboration with Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME).

On Friday, October 4, eighth blackbird will join CME in a performance featuring original works by Oberlin faculty members Tom Lopez and Peter Swendsen, as well as composer-in-residence Benjamin Broening. Led by faculty conductor Timothy Weiss, the performance will take place in Warner Concert Hall beginning at 8 p.m.

Audiences worldwide can take part in the free concert by following the live stream available at ListenLive!, Oberlin Conservatory's online streaming service.

Eighth blackbird’s visit to campus begins on Wednesday, October 2, with a 3:30 p.m. guest lecture in Room 223 of Bibbins Hall.

The ensemble will reunite with CME for an October 27 performance at the University of Richmond as part of Third Practice, an annual festival of electroacoustic music and mixed media that was founded by Broening.

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