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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

February 2nd & February 3rd

Transatlantic Piano Duo

Evelyn Ulex, piano
Pablo Lavandera, piano
German-born Steinway Artist Evelyn Ulex and Argentinian master pianist Pablo Lavandera, present a program inspired by dance and tango rhythms with music by Astor Piazzolla and his “New Tango” inspired masterpieces, Latin Grammy Winner Argentinean classical composer Claudia Montero, Pablo Ziegler and Carlos Guastavino.

February 9th & February 10th

Members of The Harlem Chamber Players

Amadi Azikiwe, violin
Nicole Wright, viola
Kirsten Kermé, 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 Hailstork, Perkinson, Beethoven, and Britton Smith.

February 16th & February 17th

ETHEL

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

February 23rd & February 24th

ETHEL

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

March 1st & March 2nd

Rock Paper Scissors

Lavinia Pavlish, violin
Ralph Farris, viola
Eleanor Norton, cello (March 1)
Andrew Yee, cello (March 2)
New York’s most ebullient string trio. Music by Perkinson Dohnányi and the members of ETHEL.

March 8th & March 9th

Members of The Harlem Chamber Players

Amadi Azikiwe, violin
Nicole Wright, viola
Kirsten Kermé, 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 Hailstork, Perkinson, Beethoven, and Britton Smith.

March 15th & March 16th

Booked by The Met

March 22nd & March 23rd

Miolina

Mioi Takeda, violin
Lynn Bechtold, violin
Violin duo Miolina is described as displaying “aggressive and virtuosic prowess” with “brilliance of sound, technical mastery, and stunning expressivity” by I CARE IF YOU LISTEN. Since forming in 2012, Miolina has actively presented the music of living composers, including women and minorities, on their concerts and projects. As a vital new music ensemble in NYC, they perform a myriad of creative works that inspire the human spirit and connect those in our diverse world. A member of New Music USA’s Impact Cohort, Miolina is creating and shaping the violin duo repertoire of today, and have premiered over 60 violin duos thus far.

March 29th & March 30th

Raja Rahman

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 NYC 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, from Bach to Glass.

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: