Silvermine Arts Center announces America's premier postclassical string quartet, Ethel, will perform at the arts center July 15 at 8 p.m.

Presenting a program celebrating the concepts of presence and continuity, the group will feature their own new string quartet arrangement of Philip Glass' score from the movie "The Hours." Stephen Daldry's 2002 film of Michael Cunningham's novel inspired a hauntingly beautiful sound score from Glass. In his music, Glass captures beauty in continuity, without beginning, climax or end. Additional works will be drawn from the group's extensive body of fascinating and original materials.

Ethel invigorates contemporary concert music with refreshing exuberance, fierce intensity, imaginative programming and exceptional artistry. Formed in 1998, the New York group is comprised of Julliard-trained performers Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello) and Jennifer Choi (violin). Performing music from the past four decades, with emphasis on works composed since 1995, their repertoire includes self-composed works as well as works by such luminaries as Julia Wolfe, Phil Kline, John Zorn, Steve Reich, John King, JacobTV, David Lang, Scott Johnson, Don Byron, Marcelo Zarvos, Evan Ziporyn, and Mary Ellen Childs.

Touring world-wide, Ethel has appeared on stages as varied as the Venice Biennale, Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, Holland's TROMP Festival, Kennedy Center, FIAC in Guanajuato, Mexico and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Highlights of recent seasons include the world premiere of Phil Kline's SPACE at the gala reopening of the Alice Tully Hall; Ethel's Truckstop: The Beginning at BAM's Next Wave Festival; Ethel Fair: The Songwriters at opening night of Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival; new collaborative works with members of the Merce Cunningham Dance and Arena Dances company; and a commissioned original live film score at Celebrate Brooklyn! Other highlights include performances at the TROMP Festival with Colin Currie and Todd Rundgren; in Eindhoven, Netherlands, as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Muziek Gebouw Frits Philips; Merkin Hall as part of New Sounds Live: Ethel Plays JacobTV; Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room and the Grand Canyon Music Festival, where Ethel is ensemble-in-residence with the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project. They currently serve as the 2011 artists-in-residence at New York City's Park Avenue Armory.

The group has released several albums, with their debut, self-titled Ethel being named one of Billboard's Best Albums for 2003. Their next recording, "Light" was selected as No. 3 on Amazon.com's Best of 2006: Top Classical Editors Pick and their most recent release, "Oshtali," marks the first recording of American Indian student works.

Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Located on a four-acre campus, the center is comprised of a nationally renowned artist guild, award winning school of art offering multi-disciplinary art classes for all ages, a gift shop and galleries, offering more than 20 contemporary and historic exhibitions annually. The center also provides innovative arts education in Norwalk and Stamford schools through its outreach program, Art Partners, and hosts a lecture series and special programs throughout the year. Silvermine Arts Center is a nonprofit organization.

Seating is limited, and reservations are recommended. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Call 203-966-9700 ext. 22 to purchase tickets in advance and for more information.

Grounded in the belief that art is vital to the spirit, creativity and wholeness of human beings, the mission of Silvermine Arts Center is to cultivate, promote and encourage growth through the arts; to showcase and serve artists; and to foster arts education and appreciation opportunities for the greater community.

Silvermine Galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 203-966-9700, ext. 20, or visit www.silvermineart.org.

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