Date & Price
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Reserved Seating: $38
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $32*
Ticket price includes all-day Gardens Admission
Tickets limited. Sell out likely.
String quartet ETHEL and Grammy Award–winning instrumentalist Robert Mirabal collaborate in this cross-cultural concert experience of instrumental virtuosity, song, and storytelling. Inspired by water as the embodiment of spirit and its essential role in life on Earth, ETHEL and Mirabal create an immersive flow of music, narrative, and ritual that evoke timeless Native American traditions through contemporary musical artistry.
Listen to ETHEL & Robert Mirabal
More about The River
Continuing a deeply successful six-year collaboration inspired by ceremonies dedicated to the sun, ETHEL and Native American musician, instrument builder, and three-time Grammy Award winner Mirabal present their next evolution of the cross-cultural concert experience.
This program is an integral journey in instrumental virtuosity, song, and storytelling as ETHEL and Robert Mirabal evoke the magic and majesty of The River, which connects us all. In retreat together, at Mirabal’s home on the Taos Pueblo, each of the artists brought original musical or poetic works with special significance to the group. As the Pueblo River rushed past the door, storms came and went, and coyotes howled in the night, the pieces grew in scope and depth, each player contributing layers and insights. Influences were drawn in from Hawaii, Arizona, Mexico, Ecuador, Morocco, Nigeria, India, Mongolia, Tibet, Japan, and Soviet Georgia. In sum, the sound is dazzling and the spirit is full of generosity, love, and gratitude.
More about ETHEL
Ralph Farris: Viola
Kip Jones: Violin
Dorothy Lawson: Cello
Corin Lee: Violin
Established in New York City in 1998, ETHEL quickly earned a reputation as one of America’s most adventurous string quartets, part of a generation of young artists blending uptown, conservatory musicianship with downtown genre-crossing by playing with the intensity and accoutrements of a rock band. At the heart of ETHEL is a collaborative ethos—a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community. In addition to premiering 21st century works by a broad range of groundbreaking composers, the quartet creates and tours rich, often multimedia, productions in which community engagement is a key element.
ETHEL regularly performs works by all of the members of the ensemble and music by many renowned composers, and has premiered more than 150 new works, many of them commissioned by the quartet. The quartet is the resident ensemble at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony Bar and ensemble-in-residence at Denison University.
More about Robert Mirabal
Musician, writer, singer, and storyteller Robert Mirabal is Native America’s most dynamic and best-selling artist. In addition to the music and instruments he creates, he is also a celebrated painter, poet, and playwright. He is the author of A Skeleton of a Bridge, a book of poetry, prose, and short stories. Mirabal is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award, three Grammy Awards, and the New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award for composition.
*Gardens Preferred & Gardens Premium Member Discount
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive up to 15% off 2018–2019 Performance Series tickets and receive access to the Member Pre-sale. If you are eligible, your discount code was provided to you via e-mail. Use the discount code to unlock your Membership pricing.