WANT TO GO?
WHERE: Carnegie Hall, 105 Church St., Lewisburg
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: $12 to $24
INFO: 304-645-7917 or www.carnegiehallwv.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There's something awkward about calling the members of ETHEL just a string quartet. On the one hand, that's exactly what they are: a gang of four Julliard-trained string musicians. On the other, they're a lot more.
"It's interesting how language draws clear lines around things," cellist Dorothy Lawson said.
But really, it's not so clear.
Individually, each member of the quartet has a pretty impressive resume. They've played with the New York Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Miro String Quartet and the orchestra for Broadway's "The Lion King."
Together, they've played with rock and jazz musicians, performed avant-garde classical pieces and were the house band for a 2010 TED conference. Their music goes all over the place; they could be a jazz ensemble, a folk group, maybe even a rock band.
"Music is a language," Lawson said. "As long as you're open to different dialects, you can connect to people in all kinds of ways."
ETHEL will be connecting with folks Saturday at Lewisburg's Carnegie Hall as part of the Lewisburg Literary Festival. The quartet will perform an arrangement celebrating the concepts of presence and continuity in beauty, which comes from Philip Glass's score for the film "The Hours."