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PRESENTS “DATE NIGHT” FEATURING

ETHEL & FRIENDS

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ETHEL and Friends is a music series lovingly programmed for “Date Night” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Great Hall at the Balcony Bar by The Met’s Resident Ensemble, ETHEL.

The Great Hall Balcony Bar “Date Night” Artists perform 3 sets on Fridays and Saturdays:

6 PM, 7 PM and 8 PM

ABOUT ETHEL

ETHEL signature sessions still in color

ETHEL is one of the most acclaimed ensembles in contemporary music. With an eye to tradition and an ear to the future, the quartet is a leading force in concert music’s re-engagement with musical vernaculars, fusing diverse performance practices into a vibrant, engaging sound. ETHEL and ETHEL members perform regularly at the Petrie Court Café, and they welcome celebrated friends to the series–such luminaries as JP Jofre, Alexis Michelle, Kaki King, Allison Loggins-Hull and Raja Rahman.

ETHEL & FRIENDS SERIES CALENDAR

June 1st & June 2nd

Corin Lee and Corbin Glover, Dueling Violins

Corin Lee, violin
Corbin Glover, violin
Rising fiddle and DJ star Corbin Glover joins ETHEL’s own Corin Lee for an evening of violin virtuosity and heavy beats.

June 7th & June 8th

ETHEL

Performing the infectiously engaging music of ETHEL members, as well as audience favorites by the group’s eclectic crew of contemporary composers.

June 14th & June 15th

The Harlem Chamber Players: Violin & Piano Duo

Josh Henderson, violin
Kyle Walker, piano
The Harlem Chamber Players Inc. is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high caliber affordable accessible live music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. THCP promotes arts inclusion and equal access to the arts bringing live music to underserved communities and promoting shared community arts and cultural engagement. Music by Duke Ellington, Florence Price, David Baker and Margaret Bonds.

June 21st & June 22nd

The Harlem Chamber Players: Amadi Azikiwe & Friends

Amadi Azikiwe, violin
Nicole Wright, viola
Kirsten Jermé, cello
The Harlem Chamber Players Inc. is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high caliber affordable accessible live music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. THCP promotes arts inclusion and equal access to the arts bringing live music to underserved communities and promoting shared community arts and cultural engagement. Music by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Adolphus Hailstork, Irene Britton Smith and Beethoven.

June 28th & June 29th

Tom Fitzgerald and Colin Forhan

Tom Fitzgerald, violin
Colin Form, guitar
Canadian Grand Master fiddler Tom Fitzgerald (The Fitzgeralds) presents a unique take on Celtic music. Grounded firmly in Canada’s longstanding Ottawa-valley fiddling tradition, Tom is also an avid explorer of many musical genres, namely traditional & contemporary Irish, classical, bluegrass, and jazz. Joining Tom is guitarist Colin Forhan (Eileen Ivers), one of the most in-demand session players in the NYC trad scene. He is also a regular instructor at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan.

July 5th & July 6th

Raja Rahman, piano

President & CEO of Nevada School of The Arts, and one half of magic duo, Jarrett & Raja, pianist Raja Rahman is a perennial Balcony Bar favorite. The winner of the 2022 Nevada Arts Council Professional Artist Grant, Raja is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist with the Sono Luminus label. Performing favorites of the repertoire old and new.

July 12th & July 13th

Rock Paper Scissors

Lavinia Pavlish — violin
Ralph Farris — viola
Eleanor Norton — cello
New York’s most engaging string trio brings classics old and new with their signature high-energy spirit — from Beethoven and Kodály, to Glass and Hu.

July 19th & July 20th

Booked by The Met

July 26th & July 27th

Raja Rahman, piano

President & CEO of Nevada School of The Arts, and one half of magic duo, Jarrett & Raja, pianist Raja Rahman is a perennial Balcony Bar favorite. The winner of the 2022 Nevada Arts Council Professional Artist Grant, Raja is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist with the Sono Luminus label. Performing favorites of the repertoire old and new.

Stay tuned. More dates to be announced.

ETHEL at THE MET

ETHEL has been in Residence at The Met for over a decade– originally on the Balcony Bar, and for the past two years in the virtual realm, producing The Met’s celebrated “Balcony Bar from Home” series where the group presented weekly celebrations of ETHEL’s wide world of music, featuring collaborations with an extraordinary collection of guest artists from Svjetlana Bukvich to Jarrett & Raja; from Layale Chaker to Rhett Price; from Ron Carter to Todd Rundgren.

Visit ETHEL’s YouTube Channel, featuring a playlist of some of ETHEL’s classic BBfH offerings.

Here is a sampling: