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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Winter Music Series

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

*Please note: This performance will take place in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion (across from Starbucks)

Navy Pier introduces a new music series in February, featuring an eclectic mix of jazz, classical and world music styles on Thursday evening in the Crystal Gardens at 6:00pm. 

Scheduled Entertainment

Eighth Blackbird

Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates, this Chicago-based super-group has gained international recognition since winning the 1998 Concert Artists Guild Competition. The group has commissioned and premiered hundreds of works by composers including Viet Cuong, Bryce Dessner, Jennifer Higdon, Amy Beth Kirsten, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Pamela Z and Steve Reich, whose Double Sextet won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. A long-term relationship with Chicago’s Cedille Records has produced nine acclaimed recordings and four GRAMMY Awards for Best Small Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance, most recently in 2016 for Filament. Eighth Blackbird was named Music America’s 2017 Ensemble of the Year, were inaugural recipients of Chamber Music America’s Visionary Award and garnered the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

In 2017 they launched the Blackbird Creative Lab, a mentorship program for emerging artists. The name Eighth Blackbird derives from Wallace Stevens’s aphoristic poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.

Getting Here & Parking

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