Coastal Futures Conservatory concert featuring Eighth Blackbird and Rivanna String Quartet

September 23, 2019 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall

The McIntire Department of Music presents The Coastal Futures Conservatory concert featuring Eighth Blackbird and the Rivanna String Quartet at 8pm on Monday, September 23 in Old Cabell Hall. The Coastal Futures Conservatory integrates arts and humanities into the investigation of coastal change. Working with scientists at the Virginia Coastal Reserve, an NSF-supported Long-Term Ecological Research site, the Conservatory aims to deepen understanding and stimulate imagination by opening ways to listen to the dynamics reshaping coasts. 

Eighth Blackbird, hailed as “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune), began in 1996 as a group of six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory students and quickly became “a brand-name defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality” (Detroit Free Press). Over the course of more than two decades, Eighth Blackbird has continually pushed at the edges of what it means to be a contemporary chamber ensemble, presenting distinct programs in Chicago, nationally, and internationally, reaching audiences totaling tens of thousands. The ensemble’s extensive recording history, primarily with Chicago’s Cedille Records, has produced more than a dozen acclaimed albums and four Grammy Awards for Best Small Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance, most recently in 2016 for Filament.

The Rivanna String Quartet brings vibrant concerts to Central Virginia on the grounds of the historic University of Virginia. Quartet members are dedicated to promoting collaboration, quality performances, and education throughout the community. The Rivanna String Quartet looks to find the balance between the old and new, bringing a fresh look to the string quartet’s robust and varied repertoire through collaborations with living composers and guest artists. Rivanna is the resident quartet for the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia, where the members serve as faculty and as principal musicians of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. Individually each musician maintains an active teaching and performing schedule within the community collaborating with such organizations such as the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Ash Lawn Opera, Monticello, Charlottesville and Albemarle school systems, and the Richmond Symphony. Members of the quartet include Daniel Sender (violin), David Sariti (violin), Ayn Balija (viola), Adam Carter (cello).

All programs are subject to change.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

This concert is part of the Coastal Futures Festival at the University of Virginia.  Festival schedule below:

Coasts in Crisis
UVA Arts opening after recent hurricanes


9/19/194pmBrooks Hall Commons, UVA

The Shorline Project
Interactive Documentary Opening with filmmaker Liz Miller


Friday9/20/199:30amClark Hall Mural Room, UVA

Sounding Science: Listening to Coastal Futures
Sound-art Exhibit Opening

Saturday9/21/194-6pmBarier Islands Center
Machipongo, Va

Land, Coasts, Oceans

Monday9/23/199am - noonPavilion VII, UVA Lawn

Coastal Futures Conservatory Open Lab
Music by Eighth Blackbird, presentations by Conservatory Fellows, guest presentation by Erik DeLuca, and moderated discussion by Willis Jenkins


Pan-University Institute,
1400 University Avenue, UVA Corner

Eighth Blackbird Coastal Futures Concert
Joint concert with Arctic Bridges Workshop featuring Eighth Blackbird and the Rivanna String Quartet, Music by Swendsen, Barclay, Evans, Guo, Burtner, Holland, Luna-Mega, and Cage

Monday9/23/198pmOld Cabell Hall, UVA

Underwater Ecoacoustics Keynote by Leah Barclay

Wednesday9/25/192pmBrooks Hall, UVA



UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176