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Philadelphia: Eighth Blackbird, in orchestral debut, plays On a Wire
Grammy-winning new-music ensemble Eighth Blackbird makes its Philadelphia Orchestra debut on Oct. 19–20 to play Jennifer Higdon’s On a Wire, for six soloists and orchestra. The piece was written for Eighth Blackbird, who premiered it with the Atlantic Symphony in 2010, but this will be the first time the Philadelphia Orchestra has performed the work. Principal guest conductor Stéphane Denève directs the Higdon along with Mahler’s First Symphony.
Eighth Blackbird has recorded On a Wire with the Atlanta Symphony