ETHEL in Roxbury

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Post-Modern, Indie-Classical Quartet


Performs Two Special Engagements

The Roxbury Arts Group is thrilled to present two special local engagements by ETHEL, the post-modern, indie-classical quartet that has been acclaimed as “unfailingly vital” (The New York Times), “brilliant” (The New Yorker), and “one of the most exciting quartets around” (The Strad). In an effort to make the arts an integral part of life in the Catskills, ETHEL will offer a free performance at Freshtown of Margaretville on Saturday, May 6 at 2:00 pm. Later that evening ETHEL will perform a fully-staged production of “Blue Dress” at the Roxbury Arts Center at 7:30 pm. Advance tickets for this performance are $23 for adults and $21 for students and seniors. All tickets purchased on the day of the event are $28. For tickets and more information visit or call 607.326.7908.

Known worldwide for transcending the limits of tradition, ETHEL actively, aggressively, and joyfully adapts its masterful skill-set to the presentation of virtuosic, boundary-crossing works of musical and cultural diversity. At the heart of ETHEL is a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community. It is for this reason that Jenny Rosenzweig, Executive Director of the Roxbury Arts Group reached out to ETHEL to propose the idea for unusual engagement. “We want the arts to infiltrate the everyday lives of our local residents,” says Jenny Rosenzweig. “ETHEL shares that passion, and they enthusiastically agreed to perform an abbreviated concert in the deli department of our local grocery store in addition to their full performance at the Roxbury Arts Center. We are also grateful to the staff and management at Freshtown for fully embracing this concept.”

For their evening performance at the Roxbury Arts Center, ETHEL pays special homage to the brilliant, gorgeous and masterful women who are making their musical mark on the 21st century. For “Blue Dress”, contemporary composers Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe draw inspiration from the creative strength of Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, the timelessness of Aretha Franklin, and rock legend Stevie Nicks. By exploring new compositions by three of today’s most influential composers, side by side with the groundbreaking music of their Muses, ETHEL offers a distinctive and stirring read on their interconnections that is sexy, sumptuous, and boldly beautiful.

Founded in 1998 and based in New York City, ETHEL is comprised of Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin), and Corin Lee (violin). Ralph Farris is a Grammy-nominated arranger, an original Broadway orchestra member of The Lion King and former musical director for The Who’s Roger Daltrey. He has worked with Leonard Bernstein, Martin Scorsese, Depeche Mode, Natalie Merchant, Harry Connick Jr., Allen Ginsberg, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gorillaz. A graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Ralph earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. Dorothy Lawson has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the White Oak Dance Project, Philharmonia Virtuosi, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and numerous new music ensembles. Canadian-born, she completed degrees at the University of Toronto, the Vienna Academy and The Juilliard School. Kip Jones is known for his ebullient and innovative solo performances in a style he describes as “experimental folk”. A modern musical troubadour, he’s performed at scores of eclectic venues such as Ecuador’s Ministry of Economic Inclusion, Tirana’s Liceu Artistik “Jordan Misja”, two miles inside Chom Ong Tai cave in Laos, the summer homes of nomadic Mongolian herders, and platforms of most subway systems in North America. Corin Lee is one of the most sought-after violinists of his generation. He has appeared on the great American stages, traditional and otherwise—from Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium to The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; from Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to EDC Las Vegas. Corin received degrees from Juilliard and Yale School of Music.

For tickets and more information about the Saturday, May 6 ETHEL performances offered by the Roxbury Arts Group, visit or call 607.326.7908.

These performances are made possible by a grant from the New York State Presenters Network, with additional support from Freshtown of Margaretville. All programs offered by the Roxbury Arts Group in 2017 are made possible with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation, the Tianaderrah Foundation, 2017 Season Sponsor WIOX community Radio, and the generosity of our business supporters and individuals like you.

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