Eighth Blackbird, Open Doors

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Eighth Blackbird performing Amy Beth Kirsten’s Colombine’s Paradise Theatre Photo: Sylvianne Shurman


Museum visitors are invited to observe a rehearsal by new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird from the back row seats of the theater.

The Grammy-winning sextet is rehearsing for the Chicago premiere of Heart and Breath at MCA Stage, a program tracing love songs through the ages, from Baroque jewels by Monteverdi and Gesualdo to Bon Iver and Richard Reed Parry. The program also features composer Amy Beth Kirsten’s musical fantasy Colombine’s Paradise Theatre. Visitors may come and go; silence is requested while in the theater.