Tickets may be purchased at the door
Each ticket includes one free drink and
refreshments provided by The Livermore
Thursday, June 19th, 2014, 7:30pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is an accessible venue.
Call 412-624-4129 for more information.
Pre-concert mixer at 6:30pm
The Just Summer series opens with ETHEL (a string quartet) presenting an introspective program, “Grace”. In every sense of the word, "Grace" provides effortless beauty and charm, goodwill, a favor, and a reprieve. This program is a journey to redemption through music. In complex, stressful times and in a world overwhelmed by seemingly irreconcilable differences and unsustainable challenges, music provides both an immediate tonic of relief and a medium for real long-term healing and understanding. ETHEL has pursued this aspect of their art in many ways over the years, both in their own creative output, and in opening their hearts and skills to close collaboration with master artists from diverse cultures across the globe.
The centerpiece of this astonishing program is ETHEL's own adaptation of Ennio Morricone's moving score to the 1986 film, The Mission. Morricone’s score was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986 and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. The film deals with cross-cultural complexities fueled by the quest for redemption against the backdrop of the jungles of South America. Also featured on the concert are special quartet treatments honoring the 20th anniversary of the release of Jeff Buckley's Grace – his glorious, and tragically, only, completed studio album. Favorite ETHEL composers and collaborators Mary Ellen Childs (USA), Marcelo Zarvos (Brazil), and Carlo Mombelli (South Africa) along with original music by members of ETHEL, fill out the program with works both searching and deeply joyful.
Following the concert, ETHEL will do a question and answer session with the audience. Watch the video below for a taste of "Grace"!
Jeff Buckley: Grace
Mary Ellen Childs: Shavasana from "Dream House"
Vijay Iyer: Mutation #1 from "Mutations"
Kip Jones: Chorale
Carlo Mombelli: Song for Sandra
Ennio Morricone: Suite from "The Mission"
Nico Muhly: Diacritical Marks
Marcelo Zarvos: Memory from "Nepomuk's Dances"
Acclaimed as “indefatigable and eclectic” (The New York Times), “vital and brilliant” (The New Yorker), and “one of the most exciting [string] quartets around” (Strad Magazine), ETHEL invigorates the contemporary music scene with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming, and exceptional artistry.
At the heart of ETHEL is a collaborative ethos – a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community. As cultural and musical “pollinators,” the quartet brings its collaborative discoveries to audiences through multi-dimensional musical repertoire and community engagement.
Click here to visit the ETHEL's website.
This concert is part of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater's East Liberty LIVE!.
Special thanks to Mr. Arthur J. Kerr Jr. for underwriting this concert.
Just Summer is supported by:
The Hillman Foundation