Meet Native American Flutist Robert Mirabal and the ETHEL String Quartet

Posted on 2/19/2018 2:45:32 PM

Members of EthelThe Library/Lively Arts free noon-time meet-the-artist series continues this Thursday, February 22, 2018, with the presentation of ETHEL, the acclaimed string quartet from New York City, and Robert Mirabal, a three-time Grammy Award-winning Native American musician. The event takes place in Cogswell Hall’s Orendorff Music Library (Rm. 101) from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and is a wonderful opportunity to meet the musicians, ask them questions, and hear a mini-preview of their evening concert.

Born and raised in Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, and influenced by the traditional music of Taos, Robert Mirabal began playing the flute at the age of 18. By studying music from West Africa and Haiti, Japanese Taiko drumming, Celtic music, rock, and hip-hop, Mirabal began to create his own blend of traditional and popular music. Through his long career as a musician, composer, master craftsman, poet, actor, and screenwriter, he has stayed true to his Pueblo roots. His performances always maintain the purpose of honoring the land, his family, his ancestors, and his tribe.

At the heart of ETHEL, the acclaimed New York City-based contemporary music quartet, is a collaborative ethos—a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community. Nearly 20 years into its existence, the group conceives, commissions, produces, and performs rich multimedia concert works and has released several acclaimed albums.

This noon-time preview gives attendees a brief taste of their evening performance, The River, a collaboration inspired by water, as the embodiment of spirit, and its essential role in Life on Earth. Those in attendance also have the opportunity to meet the performers, ask questions, and receive discount coupons for the evening performance.

Tickets for The River are available by clicking on the button above or by calling the Lively Arts’ ticket office at 724-357-1313. Tickets for any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance start time. Tickets are priced at $22 for regular admission, $18 for seniors (60 or older), and $12 for active I-Card holders, students, and children. Group rates are available for parties of 15 or more.