The concert program, "Music of the Sun," is inspired by the sun mythology of Native America. Using the instruments of the string quartet, Native American flutes and drums, as well as the spirited voices of students and community members, ETHEL and Mirabal will unite to create a cross-cultural contemporary music event.
Included on the program are collaborations on Mirabal's compositions as well as arrangements of ancient Native American music for strings, flutes and percussion. ETHEL presents complimentary original repertoire and the works of contemporary composers such as Marcelo Zarvos, John Luther Adams and others.
ETHEL was founded in 1998 and is based in New York City. Described as "vital and brilliant" by The New Yorker, the acclaimed string quartet has invigorated the contemporary music scene with exuberance, intensity and exceptional artistry.
Primarily working as a collaborative group, ETHEL consists of Ralph Farris on viola, Dorothy Lawson on cello, Kip Jones on violin, and Tema Watstein on violin. The quartet brings its collaborative works to audiences worldwide through multi-dimensional musical repertoire and community engagement.
Musician, writer, singer and storyteller - Mirabal is Native America's most dynamic and best-selling artist currently living in Taos, N.M. In addition to the music and instruments he creates, he is also a celebrated painter, poet and playwright. He is the author of "A Skeleton of a Bridge," a book of poetry, prose and short stories. Mirabal is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award, two GRAMMY awards and the New York Dance and Performer's "Bessie" Award for composition.
Banners memberships start at $80 for the season. Tickets to individual performances will be available at the door at $20 for adults, $5 for students and free to McNeese and Sowela students with IDs. Lectures are open free to the public. Banners is supported by memberships, corporate sponsors and grants. For more information about the program, becoming a member or tickets, visit the Banners website at www.banners.org or call the Banners office at 337-475-5123.
Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at (337) 475-5428 voice; (337) 475-5960 fax; (337) 562-4227 TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.