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eighth blackbird visits Yale for master class Oct. 19, concert Oct. 20


The Yale School of Music is honored to welcome the Grammy Award-winning chamber ensemble eighth blackbird on October 19 and 20 for a concert as well as a talk and master class.

The first event, combining a master class and talk, takes place Monday, Oct. 19 and is free and open to the public. This precedes the sextet's performance on Tuesday, Oct. 20, which features music by the Yale alumni composer collective Sleeping Giant. Both events take place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Master Class & Talk

On Monday, Oct. 19, eighth blackbird will coach YSM students in two classic pieces of the chamber repertoire, Igor Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat and Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. The master class will focus on theatrical elements such as movement, choreography, stage presence, visual communication, and other elements.

Immediately following the master class, there will be a discussion session moderated by Yale faculty member Wendy Sharp, director of chamber music at YSM. The discussion will concentrate on the business of chamber music, including how to form and maintain a chamber music ensemble, how to communicate effectively in rehearsals and meetings, how to choose and prepare repertoire, and how to perform with conviction for an audience.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in Morse Recital Hall.



On TuesdayOct. 20 at 7:30 pm, eighth blackbird will perform Hand Eye, an evening-length work by composition collective Sleeping Giant.

The six pieces that comprise Hand Eye are each written by a single member of the collective: Checkered Shade by Timo Andres, South Catalina by Chris Cerrone, Conduit by Robert Honstein, Mine, Mime, Meme by Andrew Norman, By-By Huey by Ted Hearne, and Cast by Jacob Cooper. All six members of Sleeping Giant are alumni of the Yale School of Music.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $26, $13 with student ID. The concert is part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, which is directed by David Shifrin.

To purchase tickets, visit, contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158, or visit the box office at 470 College Street.