Highlights of eighth blackbird's spring 2010 line-up include Rinde Eckert and Steve Mackey's new music-theater piece Slide, which the sextet premiered last summer and to which it now devotes a three-city U.S. tour (March 3 -- April 10). The group's spring programs also showcase Steve Reich's Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet in performances at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute (Feb 24), the L.A. County Museum of Art (April 28), and the ensemble's Winnipeg and Minneapolis debuts (Feb 11 and May 1, respectively). Both works, like Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérez's new composition, Five Memos, that the Grammy-winning group will premiere at New York's Look & Listen Festival (May 7), were commissioned by and written especially for eighth blackbird. For its L.A. gig, the sextet will also reprise its recently-premiered new production of Schoenberg's expressionist masterpiece Pierrot lunaire. With frequent performances of the "Meanwhile" program, academic residencies, and a special benefit on March 15 besides, eighth blackbird's spring looks to be a very full one.
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