Concert Is Culmination of Week-Long Residency by Renowned Ensemble

Friday, October 16, 2009, 7:30 P.M., at USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

USC Thornton School of Music presents Grammy Award-winning eighth blackbird, one of the world’s premier new music groups described as “friendly, unpretentious, idealistic and highly skilled” (The New Yorker), in a week-long residency from October 13, 16, which culminates with a free concert on Friday, October 16, 2009, 7:30 p.m., at Alfred Newman Recital Hall on the USC campus. The ensemble shows off its phenomenal virtuosity and renowned theatrical flair in a diverse, fun program that highlights the humorous side of some very different composers. New York native Marc Mellits’ Spam is a fun, funky homage to the cheap, pre-cooked meat product, while Englishman Thomas Adés depicts a hilarious musical seduction in Catch. Two USC composers meet on this program as well, Stephen Hartke with his Pulitzer Prize-nominated Meanwhile, evoking a bizarre imaginary Asian court theatre, and Donald Crockett with Whistling in the Dark, a work in which “blithe vitality keeps bumping into brooding anxiety” (Los Angeles Times). eighth blackbird also pays homage to the late George Perle with his Critical Moments 2, a work written for the ensemble. Crockett and Hartke and members of eighth blackbird are featured at a pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first served basis. USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall is located at 3616 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089 (on the USC campus in downtown LA). Ample parking is available. For more information, please call (213) 740-2584
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The UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FLORA L. THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC, currently celebrating its 125th Anniversary and regarded as one of the premier music schools in the world, offers a unique combination of innovative programs such as popular music performance, recording science, and scoring for motion pictures and television, which stand alongside more traditional programs in classical music, opera, jazz studies, composition and research. Blending the rigors of a traditional conservatory-style education with the benefits of studying at a leading research university, USC Thornton offers students an unparalleled music education in a real-world context. Its illustrious alumni and faculty have been awarded countless Grammy and Academy Awards and serve as leaders in all facets of the music industry. The school’s venerated faculty has, over the years included violinist Jascha Heifetz, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, composer Igor Stravinsky, violist William Primrose and atonal pioneer Arnold Schoenberg, among many others. Celebrated alumni include pop great Herb Albert; film score composers James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith and James Newton Howard; TV/film score composer Bear McCreary; composer and Presidential Medal of the Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen; acclaimed conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Grant Gershon; opera stars Marilyn Horne, Rod Gilfry, Jessica Rivera and Erica Miller; and esteemed classical guitarist Christopher Parkening. In 1999, philanthropist Flora L. Thornton became the school’s benefactor with a naming gift of $25 million, at the time the largest such contribution to an American school of music. USC Thornton is the oldest continuously operating cultural institution in Los Angeles. USC Thornton currently enrolls 1,072 students from 40 countries and has a student-faculty ratio of six to one.

eighth blackbird

Friday, October 16, 2009, 7:30 P.M.
(7:00 PM, pre-concert talk with Donald Crockett, Steven Hartke and members of eighth blackbird)

MISSY MAZZOLI Still Life with Avalanche (2008)*
PIERRE BOULEZ Derive 1 (1984)
DONALD CROKETT Whistling in the Dark (1999)
MARC MELLITS Spam (1995)
GEORGE PERLE Critical Moments 2 (2001)*
THOMAS ADÉS Catch (1991)
STEPHEN HARTKE Meanwhile (2007)*
* works written for eighth blackbird

Alfred Newman Recital Hall
3616 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(located on the USC campus in downtown LA; ample parking is available)


(213) 740-2584

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