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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.