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Smith Artist Series: eighth blackbird Presents Electrically Charged

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-winning “super-musicians” (LA Times) entertain and provoke audiences across the country and around the world. In this performance, the ensemble draws upon works by Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, David Lang and others. “Electrically Charged” is an exciting recital program showcasing the newest technologies in the service of music-making.
eighth blackbird’s members hail from America’s Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden and Bay states and Australia’s Sunshine State. There are four foodies, three beer snobs and one exercise junkie. The members of eighth blackbird hold degrees in music performance from Oberlin Conservatory, among other institutions. The group derives its name from the Wallace Stevens' poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” The eighth stanza reads:
I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.
This performance is a part of the Smith Artist Series. Season tickets are available for purchase beginning on August 4 and individual performance tickets available for purchase on September 1. For more information, see season and ticketing.


Knobloch Campus Center DFPH-Duke Family Performance Hall

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Owen, Ashley M