ETHEL, String Quartet, and Robert Mirabal, Native American Flutist

“Music of the Sun”

With Members of the Opera Colorado Chorus
Tickets | Thursday | December 12 | 2013 | 7:30 P.M.

For thousands of years humankind has turned toward the sun for inspiration, be it spiritual, philosophical, or poetic. Ancient sun myths from around the world continue to fascinate scholars and laypeople alike. In many Native American cultures each day begins with “running to the sun” – a fusion of spiritual and physical discipline — a daily search for the sacred.

ETHEL, the pioneering string quartet, and GRAMMY® winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal, present a program 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 chorus members, ETHEL and Mirabal unite to create a cross-cultural contemporary music event.

Taos musician, writer, singer and storyteller, Robert Mirabal is Native America’s most dynamic and best-selling artist. In addition to the music and instruments he creates, he is also a celebrated painter, poet and playwright.  Mr. Mirabal is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award, three GRAMMY® awards and the New York Dance and Performer’s “Bessie” Award for composition.

Acclaimed as “one of the most exciting quartets around” (Strad Mag) and “as a necessary jet of cold water in the contemporary classical scene” (, the string quartet ETHEL has been a post-classical pioneer since it was founded in 1998.  With an eye on tradition and an ear to the future, ETHEL is a leading force in concert music’s reengagement with musical vernaculars, fusing diverse traditions into a vibrant sound that resonates with audiences the world over.


Thank You

This project received support from Colorado Creative Industries; WESTAF, the Western State Arts Federation; and the National Endowment for the Arts.NEA-logo-color

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