ETHEL performs "Grace"
Sunday, March 09, 2014
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In every sense of the word, "Grace" provides effortless beauty and charm, goodwill, a favor, and a reprieve.
This program is a journey to redemption through music. In complex, stressful times and in a world
overwhelmed by seemingly irreconcilable differences and unsustainable challenges, music provides both an
immediate tonic of relief and a medium for real long-term healing and understanding. ETHEL has pursued
this aspect of their art in many ways over the years, both in their own creative output, and in opening their
hearts and skills to close collaboration with master artists from diverse cultures across the globe. The
centerpiece of this astonishing program is ETHEL's own adaptation of Ennio Morricone's moving score to
the 1986 film, The Mission. Morricone’s score was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986 and won the
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. The film deals with cross-cultural complexities and potential
calamaties fueled by the quest for redemption against the backdrop of the jungles of South America.
Also featured on the concert are special quartet treatments honoring the 20th anniversary of the release of
Jeff Buckley's Grace – his glorious, and tragically, only, completed studio album. Favorite ETHEL
composers and collaborators Phil Kline (USA), Mary Ellen Childs (USA), James Bilagody (Navajo Nation),
Marcelo Zarvos (Brazil), and Carlo Mombelli (South Africa), fill out the program with works both searching
and deeply joyful.