From The New Canon at Q2: “Ethel Central”
FOR MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011
String quartets are a continual source of fascination for classical music fans. Four is the magic number, it seems, with the balance that comes between two violins, a viola and cello. So when one musician moves on and another comes in, how does the foursome’s dynamic change?
This week on the New Canon, we catch the ever-adventurous and always ebullient Ethel string quartet in the middle of such a shift. And while we were sad to see founding member Mary Rowell retire after 13 years, they couldn’t have asked for a better-experienced replacement in Jennifer Choi, who has both the solo and quartet chops to blow the roof off whatever joint is next on Ethel’s roster (this week, it’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, though the next time they come together it will be with the Rite of Summer Festival on August 13). While hearing some of Ethel’s recent work and Choi’s solo and ensemble performances, we get a head start on her New York-debut with the quartet next month to talk about the new era of Ethel.”
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