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Eighth Blackbird WFMT Live Performance


This is a live radio broadcast performance. You can listen online or on WFMT, 98.7 FM. The museum will not be open.


Eighth Blackbird

Photo: Saverio Truglia


Join Eighth Blackbird, whose performance in the Dr. Paul and Dorie Sternberg Family Gallery will be streamed and broadcast live on WFMT, 98.7 FM, Chicago's premier classical radio station. Eighth Blackbird performs music from their recent collaboration with the composer collective Sleeping Giant.

Relevant Tones is a weekly exploration of the most fascinating time in classical music: right now. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this program celebrates the dynamic and diverse musical creations of modern-day composers from around the world.

With its informative, yet engagingly down-to-earth presentation, Relevant Tones seeks to make contemporary music accessible to die-hard classical music fans while attracting new and younger listeners. Host, composer, and executive director of Access Contemporary Music Seth Boustead draws from the classical music canon to put modern-day compositions in context, exploring the social and musical influences on their creation. Guest appearances by composers and performers are a vital part of the program, offering a first-person perspective that gives insight into their art form and its creation.


Lead support for the Eighth Blackbird residency is provided by Helen and Sam Zell.

Lead support for the MCA Stage New Works Initiative is provided by Elizabeth A. Liebman