Nov 4, 2015 • 7pm / doors 6:30pm
The pioneering quartet ETHEL will perform Blue Dress, a new evening-length program that pays special homage to women who are making their musical mark on the 21st century, including Pulitzer-winner Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Lainie Fefferman, Mary Ellen Childs, Anna Clyne, Pamela Z, Paola Prestini and ETHEL’s own Dorothy Lawson. The concert features a visual montage by projection designer Grant McDonald (Esperanza Spalding’s D+ Evolution world tour, Black Mountain Songs at BAM and the Barbican). The centerpiece of Blue Dress is Blue Dress for String Quartet, composed for ETHEL by Julia Wolfe. The piece, which makes its World Premiere here, delves into the passion and energy of bluegrass.
Blue Dress for String Quartet
A New Music USA Commission
Blue Dress was commissioned through New Music USA’ s Commissioning Music/USA program, which is made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Ford Foundation, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund. Additional commissioning funds were provided by ETHEL’s Foundation for the Arts. ETHEL’s Blue Dress initiative and performance program was made possible, in large part, by the generosity of The Cheswatyr Foundation.