The ETHEL string quartet will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Williams Center for the Arts. The concert is the first performance in this year’s Sound Alternatives series.
Tickets are free for Lafayette students, $6 for students at LVAIC schools, $5 for faculty and staff, and $18 for the public. They can be obtained by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009.
Other performances in the 2010-11 Sound Alternatives series will be Inti-Illimani, Oct. 6, $18; Ethos Percussion Group, Feb. 8, $18; Zakir Hussain and Niladri Kumar, March 9, $22. A $70 subscription package for the four events, a savings of 14 percent off the single ticket price, is available through Sept. 22.
ETHEL’s return to the Williams Center features Philip Glass’ haunting score from the The Hours, Stephen Daldry’s 2002 film of Michael Cunningham’s novel inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.
The film will be shown at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Limburg Theater. Mary Armstrong, associate professor of English and chair of women’s and gender studies, will give a brief introduction to the 7 p.m. screening, with commentary on Mrs. Dalloway, Cunningham’s novel, and Daltry’s film.
ETHEL’s work blends traditional, classical music with elements of world music, jazz, rock, funk, and blues. The group has performed in 10 different countries and at venues across the U.S. It also has shared the stage with pop/rock icons Todd Rundgren and Joe Jackson on an episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Members of ETHEL have recorded/performed with artists such as Sheryl Crow, Gorillaz, Roger Daltrey, Yo Yo Ma, and Lenny Kravitz.
The 2010–2011 Performance Series at Lafayette College is supported in part by gifts from Friends of the Williams Center for the Arts; by provisions of the Josephine Chidsey Williams Endowment, the J. Mahlon and Grace Buck Fund, the Croasdale Fund, the Dr. Aaron O. Litwak ’42 Fund, the Class of ’73 Fund, the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program, the James Bradley Fund, and the Ed Brunswick Jazz Fund; and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts. Special thanks to the F.M. Kirby Foundation for its sustaining support.