LCC Presents 'ETHEL's Documerica' Feb. 17

Published on January 07, 2022

ETHEL plays with media in the background.

Jan. 4, 2022 – “ETHEL’s Documerica,” presented by the Lakewood Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, is a multimedia concert that melds multiple-screen video projections with original music by some of today’s top composers, performed with electrifying virtuosity by the indie-classical quartet ETHEL. The projections showcase evocative imagery from “Project Documerica,” a massive archive of photographs commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency in the 1970s, soon after the agency was established in the wake of elevated concern about environmental pollution. Through new music, ETHEL explores this compelling snapshot of a tumultuous era that powerfully connects to today’s environmental and social issues.

“ETHEL’s Documerica” features new music by ETHEL members and commissioned composers who represent the diversity of America, including Mary Ellen Childs, Ulysses Owens Jr., Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and James Kimo Williams. Hailing from different regions, backgrounds and generations, and influenced by a variety of musical practices, genres and forms, each contributes a distinctive voice to the program. The music is in constant dialogue with the projections in an arc that is by turns urban, rural, pastoral and gritty.

ETHEL is Ralph Farris, viola; Kip Jones and Corin Lee, violins; and Dorothy Lawson, cello. Established in New York City in 1998, ETHEL quickly earned a reputation as one of America’s most adventurous string quartets. The ensemble continues to set the standard for contemporary concert music and is known for its enlivened playing, blending uptown conservatory musicianship with downtown genre-crossing.

Tickets start at $22 and are available at 303-987-7845, or the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway (Wadsworth and West Alameda Avenue). This performance was postponed from March 2020. Previous ticketholders have been notified and may call the Box Office for more information.

The LCC Presents 2021-2022 season is generously supported by the SCFD, Colorado Creative Industries, National Endowment for the Arts, Sheraton Denver West and the Olive Garden at Belmar.

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