Eighth Blackbird

Luke Ratray

Eighth Blackbird

Summer Arts Preview: Classical

The Music Academy Season Features New Music

The chamber music group eighth blackbird may be stingy with the capital letters, but they are extremely generous when it comes to bringing big names into the classical concert hall. The sextet will give a Mosher Guest Artist recital on Thursday, June 26, at the Music Academy of the West and features a four-song suite called Murder Ballades, which was written for them by Bryce Dessner, the composer who also happens to play guitar in a little band called The National. Dessner, who has a master’s degree in music from Yale, has become one of the most in-demand contemporary composers, and he just released a CD featuring his music played by the Copenhagen Philharmonic, along with a piece by fellow classical composer rock star Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead fame. Yes, you will still get all the Beethoven you can handle from the Music Academy this summer (for Beethoven’s Fifth, see the listings below), but in the meantime, it’s an exciting moment in music history as the boundaries between formerly isolated musical worlds continue to bend and vanish before our eyes and ears. At the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, Thursday, June 26. Call (805) 969-4726 or visit

More Classical Music

Academy Festival Orchestra. At the Lobero Theatre, Saturday, June 21.

AFO plays Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. At the Granada Theatre, Saturday, June 28.

Daniel Hope. At the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, Saturday, July 5.

Jeremy Denk.Granada Theatre, Saturday, July 12.

Daniel Hope
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Daniel Hope

Deborah Voigt. At the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, Thursday, July 17.

AFO plays Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. At the Granada Theatre, Saturday, July 19.

Academy Percussion Ensemble. At Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, Monday, July 21.

AFO with Alan Gilbert. At the Lobero Theatre, Saturday, July 26.

Bizet’s Carmen. At the Granada Theatre, Friday, August 1, and Sunday, August 3.

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