ETHEL with Special Guest Todd Rundgren
with special guest Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren was at the top of the pop charts in the early 1970s with his inventive work as a solo rock artist and later branched out to become a sought-after producer for major rock groups. He continues to expand his artistic scope with new ideas and new projects. In 2005 the contemporary string quartet ETHEL, an ensemble acclaimed by Andante.com as “…a mighty amplified force, with style, breadth, power, chops, and rock ’n roll spirit,” teamed up with Rundgren for a tour of the United States and Europe.
These boundary-busting artists reunite in a ’70s-inspired program that showcases the breadth of their collective musical vision.
The program will include solo performances by Rundgren and ETHEL as well as collaborative repertoire. ETHEL will perform Judd Greenstein’s Octet 1979, which incorporates the sound of synthesizers from the 1970s; Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel; and a selection from Lou Harrison’s Quartet Set. Todd Rundgren’s solo repertoire and ETHEL/Rundgren collaborative repertoire, to be announced from the stage, may include the Rundgren songs “I Saw the Light,” “Flamingo,” “ Zen Archer,” “Stood Up,” “Soul Brother” and “Black Maria” as well as “Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song” by Gilbert and Sullivan.