UR ensemble, eighth blackbird, wins Grammys

A local ensemble added two more prominent awards to their collection during last night’s Grammys.

The University of Richmond’s ensemble-in-residence, eighth blackbird, won two Grammys last night. The ensemble’s album Meanwhile won in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category, and group member Stephen Hartke was credited for composing “Meanwhile – Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays,” which won Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Since 2004, the ensemble–comprising wind, string, piano, and percussion musicians–has performed concerts and worked with UR music students, all the while earning public and media accolades.

The group will next perform at the Modlin Center for the Arts on March 20th.

Here’s eighth blackbird’s performance during Sunday’s Grammy Awards pre-show:

Photo by: claire1066

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