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Greenwich residents anticipate upcoming area performance of ETHEL string quartet

10 Mar 2014 5:36 PM
Four Greenwich musicians to perform pieces from the classical canon

As residents of one of Connecticut's most affluent towns, Greenwich homeowners are regularly treated to many of the finer things in life. Enjoying close proximity to New York City, pleasing pastoral scenery and a vibrant arts scene, this community routinely offers locals the chance to participate in culturally engaging events that serve to enrich as much as they entertain. 

Such an occasion will be held in the surrounding area in the coming days, when the Silvermine Arts Center Galleries in New Canaan hosts the celebrated string quartet ETHEL the evening of Friday, March 14. After the revered group's planned December performance was canceled due to inclement weather, they dutifully rescheduled the show, and plan to make up for lost time this week. If you enjoy the tradition of classical compositions, but are also interested in contemporary concert music, attending this upcoming performance could provide you a exciting and memorable experience.

Show expected to draw sizable crowd of music lovers
Considered to be one of America's premier post-classical string quartets, the group has steadily gained popularity through regular appearances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. This Friday, however, they will take the stage in the art center's all-acoustic Sara Victoria Hall Auditorium for an intimate show. 

At the center of the quartet's program will be an astonishing adaptation of Ennio Morricone's score to the 1986 film, "The Mission," which ETHEL will present for audience members. Another exciting facet of the planned performance is the group's plan to include special treatments honoring the 20th anniversary of the release of "Grace," the only studio album completed by the prolific musician Jeff Buckley. The evening will also see the quartet perform selections from composers such as Mary Ellen Childs, Vijay Iyer, Kip Jones, Son Lux, Carlo Mombelli, Nico Muhly as well as Marcelo Zarvos.

Tickets to this affair are available, but space will be limited. Those hoping to reserve their admission can do so online through the official event website or by calling  203-966-9700 ext. 22. Members of the art center can gain entry for $20, while non-members will be able to purchase tickets for $25 a piece. 

Quartet members boast substantial experience, mastery
Originally founded in 1998, ETHEL has transformed from a pioneering group into a concert headlining attraction over the years. Comprised of  violist Ralph Farris and cellist Dorothy Lawson, as well as violinists Kip Jones and Tema Watstein, the New York City-based quartet effortlessly invigorates familiar arrangements with an intensity and exuberance not often seen from modern artists.

Utilizing its ability to present imaginative programming, the group of accomplished musicians is a driving force behind concert music's vibrant ongoing reengagement with traditional vernaculars. The end result is a vibrant, rich sound that has resonated with audiophiles across the country and around the world. ETHEL often performs adventurous selections from such celebrated contemporary composers as Andy Akiho, Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe and Phil Kline, among others.

In addition to their affiliation with the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the quartet has also served as the house band for TEDxManhattan and as the resident ensemble at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Balcony Bar. Also, for the past nine years, they have been the ensemble-in-residence at the Grand Canyon Music Festival's Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project.

Art center plays pivotal role in local, national cultural scene
As one of the oldest artist communities in the United States, the Silvermine Arts Center's four-acre campus features a nationally known artist guild, award-winning school of art, an art and fine crafts shop as well as galleries that show more than 20 contemporary and historic exhibitions each year.

Along with showcasing artists' work, the organization looks to cultivate, promote and encourage personal growth through the arts. For more information on current offerings and upcoming attractions, visit