ETHEL and Friends is a music series specifically designed for the Museum’s Balcony Bar. ETHEL is one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary classical field. With an eye on tradition and an ear to the future, ETHEL is a leading force in concert music’s re-engagement with musical vernaculars, fusing diverse traditions into a vibrant sound. Expect familiar classical tunes mixed with a fair share of the group’s signature, cutting-edge repertoire. Guest artists and collaborators will also make periodic appearances. Relax and enjoy cocktails and appetizers while looking out over the majestic Great Hall.

All performances are from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

JULY 2019

July 5 – 6
The Dream Unfinished
Emily Kalish, violin
Kyle Walker, piano
Performing works by William Grant Still,
Roberto Sierra, Alberto Ginastera and Jeff Scott

July 12 – 13
JP Jofre’s Hard Tango Chamber Band
Jiin Yang, violin
Pablo Cafici, piano
J.P. Jofre, bandoneon
Performing original works and music by Troilo, Piazzolla and more

July 19 – 20
Transatlantic Piano Duo
Evelyn Ulex, piano
Pablo Lavandera, piano
Performing works by Barber, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Piazzolla

July 26 – 27
Kim David Smith, vocals
Tracy Stark, piano
Performing works inspired by the moon, celestial bodies and lunar landscapes in conjunction with the exhibition Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography


August 2 – 3
John Ragusa, flute
Jeremy Wall, piano
Performing works by Wall, Jarrett, Shorter, Gismonti and Lyra

August 9 – 10
Raja Rahman, piano
Performing works by Philip Glass, Bach, Ralph Farris and Arvo Pärt

August 16 – 17
Deubner-Steigerwald Duo
Brett Douglas-Deubner, viola
Thomas Steigerwald, piano
Performing works by Amanda Harberg, Jonathan Newman, Richard Crosby, Ola Gjeilo and more

August 23 – 24
Duo Noire
Thomas Flippin, classical guitar
Christopher Mallett, classical guitar
Performing works by Gity Razaz
Mary Kouyoumdjian, Clarice Assad
Gabriella Smith, Golfam Khayam and
Courtney Bryan

August 30 – 31
Cenovia Cummins, violin
Martin Agee, violin
Chris Cardona, viola
Stephanie Cummins, cello
Performing works by Cenovia Cummins, Ralph Farris and Béla Bartók, as well as the complete Philip Glass score from the 2019 production of King Lear