Featuring music by Philip Glass from The Hours
Saturday January 15, 2011 - 8 PM
$20 for members, $25 for all others
The concept of Literature as a muse for composers is hardly a new phenomenon. Passages of sacred text have always inspired musical treatment. The art of the song cycle evolved largely from literary and poetic sources, and there are certainly many popular songwriters following this model today. Opera, Ballet, Theater and now Film are all media where music and literature meet and mingle.
Stephen Daldry's 2002 film realization of Michael Cunningham's novel "The Hours" drew a hauntingly beautiful sound score from Philip Glass. There is a powerful affinity between Glass' creative aesthetic and that of the novel's protagonist, author Virginia Woolf. As a writer, she developed the theme of beauty as an experience rooted in the present moment, rather than in relationship to the past or the future. In his music, Glass captures beauty in continuity, without beginning, climax or end. As Michael Cunningham points out in the liner notes to The Hours CD, "Glass can find in three repeated notes something of the strange rapture of sameness that Woolf discovered in a woman named Clarissa Dalloway doing errands on a summer morning."
The art of living in and appreciating the now is more and more becoming the subject of universal discussion; from spiritual communities to popular entertainment to scientific publications. ETHEL presents a program celebrating the concepts of presence and continuity, featuring their own new string quartet arrangement of Philip Glass' score from The Hours. Also on the program are compositions by Terry Riley, Huang Ruo, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe.
"Extraordinarily skilled, passionate musicians." ~ The New York Times
"ETHEL.plays their repertoire vigorously and cultivates a persona closer to (that) of a
rock band than of a conventional string quartet." ~ The New York Times
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Acclaimed as the America's premier postclassical string quartet, ETHEL invigorates contemporary concert music with refreshing exuberance, fierce intensity, imaginative programming and exceptional artistry. Formed in 1998, New York's ebullient ETHEL is comprised of Juilliard-trained performers Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello) and Mary Rowell (violin).
ETHEL performs adventurous music of the past four decades, with emphasis on works composed since 1995. Their repertoire includes self-composed works, as well as, works by such luminaries as Julia Wolfe, Phil Kline, David Lang, John Zorn, Steve Reich, John King, JacobTV, Scott Johnson, Don Byron, Marcello Zavros, Evan Ziporyn, and Mary Ellen Childs.
Boldly exploring new synergies between tradition and technology, ETHEL initiates innovative collaborations with an extraordinary community of American and international artists such as Joe Jackson, Kurt Elling, Bang on a Can, Todd Rundgren, David Byrne, Ursula Oppens, Loudon Wainwright III, STEW, Ensemble Modern, Jill Sobule, Joshua Fried, Andrew Bird, Iva Bittová, Colin Currie, Thomas Dolby, Steve Coleman, Stephen Gosling, Jake Shimabukuro and Polygraph Lounge.
ETHEL tours the world, appearing on stages as varied as Venice Biennale, Sydney Opera House, Ravinia, TED, Lincoln Center, Holland's TROMP Festival, Kennedy Center, FIAC in Guanajuato, Mexico, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Highlights of recent seasons include the world premieres of: Phil Kline's SPACE at the gala reopening of Alice Tully Hall; ETHEL's TruckStop: The Beginning at BAM's Next Wave Festival; RADIO by Osvaldo Golijov at the debut of WNYC Radio's Jerome L. Greene Space; ETHEL Fair: The Songwriters at opening night of Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival; WAIT FOR GREEN with choreography by Annie-B Parson, commissioned by the arts> World Financial Center; new collaborative works with Merce Cunningham Dance and Arena Dances companies; and a commissioned original live film score at Celebrate Brooklyn! Other highlights include performances at: The annual TED Conference; the TROMP Festival with Colin Currie and Todd Rundgren; Merkin Hall as part of New Sounds Live: ETHEL Plays JacobTV; Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room and the Grand Canyon Music Festival, where ETHEL is Ensemble-in-Residence with the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project.
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