“[ETHEL created] a world in which classical music had never grown distant, a world in which it was fresh and direct as crowds dancing in the street.” –The Wall Street Journal

“Centuries and centuries of tradition — in other musical languages.” –The Chautauqua Daily

Grace is a vital resource in every sense: strength in goodness, effortless beauty, unconditional favor, a reprieve. This program is a journey toward redemption. In these complex and stressful times, music brings immediate relief; it can also be a vessel for long-term healing and understanding. With Grace, the quartet members open their hearts and apply their many talents to intimate collaborations with master artists from diverse cultures across the globe.

At the epicenter of this inspirational program is ETHEL’s astonishing adaptation of Ennio Morricone’s moving score to the 1986 film, The Mission. Nominated for an Academy Award, and winner of a Golden Globe, Morricone’s score explores cross-cultural complexities fueled by the quest for redemption against the backdrop of the jungles of South America.  

Grace also features the quartet’s unprecedented setting of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Ghorak Dhanda Ho — a heartfelt discourse of faith in poetry and song (Pakistani Qawwali); a theatrical spirit-play known as Mare Jatralu (Hindu Kirtan), Zuni and Hawaiian ritual sun chants; and O Frondens Virga by the 12th-century German abbess Hildegard von Bingen, a voice of peace and clarity that speaks to us from the distant past.

Now more than ever, the challenge of social life is to find the grace to rise above anxiety, fear, and shortsightedness – as individuals, as families, as neighbors, and as strangers. Join ETHEL on this path for an evening of unforgettable music.