With the arrival of ETHEL in 2012 ClefWorks celebrated its 5th birthday and entered an exciting new time of growth. Under the guidance of President Kimberly Baker and Outreach Chair Lynne Payne, older local students undertook a Cultural Journey with ETHEL demonstrating how contemporary musical compositions were been influenced by popular or folk traditions from around the world. Younger audiences enjoyed an interactive program of stories through music. And, for one talented composer – arriving from Paris, France, ClefWorks made the dream of performing a new work of music a reality.
Audiences enjoyed ETHEL’s Present Beauty and After Silence concerts at the Capri. Acclaimed as America’s premier postclassical string quartet, ETHEL’s Montgomery performances infused contemporary concert music with fierce intensity, questioning the boundaries between performer and audience, tradition and technology.
Before coming to Montgomery, the group has played as guest artist on a dozen music labels and was recently featured with vocal group Lionheart on John the Revelator: A Mass for Six Voices by Phil Kline (Cantaloupe, Music, 2008). They were also featured on Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, which received a 2010 GRAMMY ® for Best Jazz Vocal Album (Concord Records, 2009).
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