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.

During this precarious time, ETHEL will be hosting a weekly series on The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Facebook page.
Tune in at 5pm on Friday’s for the Balcony Bar at Home series. Click here to watch. 

Balcony Bar From Home

Happy Friday! 🌸🎹🌸 For tonight's Balcony Bar From Home, grab yourself a flowery cocktail as we ring in May and enjoy the sweet sounds of Lara Downes on the piano. Join us next week, and every Friday at 5 pm, for more Balcony Bar From Home with ETHEL and friends. See you then!

Posted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York on Friday, May 1, 2020

Balcony Bar From Home

Friday means Balcony Bar From Home! Tune in at 5 pm to relax with the sweet sounds of ETHEL. Check out the set list below to see what's in store. 🎵 Dorothy plays "Cheek to Cheek" by Irving Berlin🎵 Ralph plays "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers🎵 Cory plays "Salut D'Amour" by Edward Elgar🎵 Cory and Kip plays the Prelude from Bach's Partita no. 3 in E major.🎵 Dorothy plays "Somewhere" by Leonard Bernstein🎵 Kip plays his own piece "Panghakpolska"

Posted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York on Friday, April 24, 2020

Balcony Bar From Home—Happy 150th to The Met!

Tune in as ETHEL and Friends kick off this week's Balcony Bar From Home with a special birthday message from the ever lovely Alexis Michelle (!) in honor of #Met150. We'll toast to that! 🥂🎵 Kip (and Soren) Jones played "I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby" by Fats Waller🎵 Ralph played “Shuffle" from John King's "Sweet Hardwood."🎵 Dorothy played "La Réjouissance" from the Royal Fireworks Music by Handel, followed by "Rondeau" from Abdelazar by Purcell.🎵 Cory played a Jimi Hendrix- and Van Halen-inspired Happy Birthday followed by “Shredded Caprice no. 24” by Niccolo PaganiniJoin us Friday evenings at 5 pm here on Facebook for the sweet sounds of ETHEL and Friends who bring our Balcony Bar to your home.

Posted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York on Friday, April 17, 2020

Balcony Bar From Home

Missing The Met's Balcony Bar? Well, fix yourself a quarantini cause it's coming home to you! Tonight, Balcony Bar musicians ETHEL share a variety of tunes sure to excite your evening. Check out the song list below and tune in each Friday for more live music. #MetAnywhere🎵 Cory plays “Shredded Caprice no. 5” by Niccolo Paganini with a musical quotes medley of Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath arranged by himself and inspired by The Met's exhibition last year "Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll"🎵 Dorothy plays "The Swan" by Saint-Saens and a "Gigue" from Bach's "Cello Suite no. 3"🎵 Kip plays "Polska efter Mats Berglund and Hasse Å's" by Väsen🎵 Ralph plays "Melodies for Saxophone, No. 10" by Philip Glass, arranged by Ralph Farris, and "Emmett & Lou" by Ralph Farris

Posted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York on Friday, April 10, 2020