Posted by Sean Flynt on 2009-09-15

Grammy Award-winning sextet eighth blackbird will open the Davis Architects Guest Artists Series at Samford University's School of the Arts Sept. 22.

The group, renowned for the energy, humor and virtuosity it brings to 20th c. chamber music, will present Meanwhile, a selection of music inspired by such diverse sources as Led Zeppelin, Asian court theatre and Spam. Four of the works were composed for the group.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall on Samford's campus.

Individual concert tickets are available for $20 (adults,) $15 (age 55+,) and $10 (students and children). Series season tickets are $75 (adults,) $60 (age 55+,) and $40 (students and children). Tickets may be purchased by phone at (205) 726-2853 or online at

eighth blackbird is: Tim Munro, flutes; Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets; Matt Albert, violin and viola; Nicholas Photinos, cello; Matthew Duvall, percussion; and Lisa Kaplan, piano.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.