The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: “I know noble accents; And lucid, inescapable rhythms; But I know, too, That the blackbird is involved; In what I know.” Eighth Blackbird is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). Launched by six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory undergraduates in 1996, this Chicago-based group is a fine example of how contemporary music is evolving and changing – daily!
AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #75: “I Speak in English Now” This is the second in Guy Livingston’s series on American composers who were refugees. Tonight, the lush Hollywood music of Korngold’s cello concerto, and the modernist left-hand piano concerto of Hindemith. Plus Milhaud’s ‘Création du Monde’, and Bukvich’s ‘Interior Designs.’ Tonight’s show opens with the short but topical song “I Speak in English Now” by Marc Blitzstein, from ‘No for an Answer’, a musical written for and sung by Greek immigrants.