Question: What musical group can switch seamlessly from classical works by Monteverdi to indie-rock ballads by Bon Iver within the same program? Answer: Chicago's dynamic and acclaimed sextet eighth blackbird, who open the new season at Miller Theatre tonight with what's being called "a 21st-century fantasia on 17th-century Italian music," combining new renditions of classic works by Gesualdo and Monteverdi with new compositions that blend music, theater, and dance.
Tonight's concert opens with the New York Premiere of composer Amy Beth Kirsten's Columbine's Paradise Theater, a theatrical piece that calls upon members of the group to play, create vocalizations, and even mime during the performance. Based on the above video , audience members should expect some striking choreography, costuming and visuals, all courtesy of Mark DeChiazza.
Tickets for tonight's show start at $25 and are available at the box office or online.