Wednesday, February 17, 2010

'The Young Eight' in 'Celebration of Black Composers,' Seattle University, Feb. 20

[The Young Eight]
February 17, 2010
“The Young Eight, America’s only professional string octet, will present a special Celebration of Black Composers concert on Saturday, February 20 – 7:30 PM in Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium, 1016 E Marion Street in Seattle, Washington. The Young Eight is Ensemble in Residence at Seattle University. The octet will celebrate Black History Month with music by African and African-American composers. This special performance will be a reunion, as five of the original octet members will perform together after a three year hiatus.

"In addition to the standard classical repertoire, The Young Eight concert will feature special guests: spoken word artist Toyia Taylor, singer Angie Shields and dancer Kiana Harris. Tickets for the February 20 concert are $12 for public general admission, $8 for faculty and staff and $5 for Seattle University students. For more information, call 206-398-4994 or visit

The Young Eight, consisting of Artistic Director Quinton I. Morris, Kayoung Nam, Timothy Peters and Chala Yancy, violins, Amber Archibald and Carl St. Jacques, violas and Caleb Jones and Tahirah Whittington, violoncelli, is an octet of African-American musicians from The Boston Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, New England Conservatory of Music and Peabody Conservatory of Music.

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