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Chicago New-Music Sextet Eighth Blackbird Performs April 2 at Schwab

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The ensemble eighth blackbird, “the altogether brilliant and fearless young sextet that champions both modern music and dramatic experimentation” (Chicago-Sun Times), makes its Center for the Performing Arts concert premiere at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, with a performance of “Pieces of Winter Sky,” an Aaron Jay Kernis composition co-commissioned by Penn State. The Schwab Auditorium program also includes works by Tom Johnson, Richard Reed Parry, Gabriella Smith and Bryce Dessner.

The Chicago new-music ensemble combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band and the audacity of a storefront theater company.

Tickets—$42 for an adult, $19 for a University Park student and $32 for a person 18 and younger—are available online at or by phone at 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

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