The string quartet ETHEL returns to the New Canaan-based Silvermine Arts Center for a performance at 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Sara Victoria Hall, 1037 Silvermine Road.
The evening's program will include selections from composers Mary Ellen Childs, Vijay Iyer, Kip Jones, Son Lux, Carlo Mombelli, Ennio Morricone, Nico Muhly, Marcelo Zarvos and a string quartet treatment of works by Jeff Buckley.
ETHEL, founded in 1998, takes contemporary concert music and adds exuberance, imaginative programming and artistry. The New York City-based quartet includes Ralph Farris on viola, Dorothy Lawson on cello and Kip Jones and Tema Watstein on violin.
The program for the evening is "Grace," a journey to redemption through music. "Grace" provides effortless beauty and charm, good will, a favor and a reprieve. The centerpiece for this program is ETHEL's own adaptation of Ennio Morricone's score to the 1986 film, "The Mission." Morricone's score was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986 and won the Golden Globe 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 in the concert are special quartet treatments honoring the 20th anniversary of the release of Jef Buckley's "Grace," his only completed studio album. Favorite ETHEL composers and collaborators Phil Kline and Mary Ellen Childs of the United States, James Bilagody of the Navajo Nation, Marcelo Zarvos of Brazil and Carlo Mombelli of South Africa fill out the program.
Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers and can be purchased by visiting www.silvermineart.org or calling 203-966-9700, ext. 22.