Wednesday, May 14, 2014


clip_image002Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo + ETHEL string quartet

2014 and Beyond: Tomorrow’s Classics
Music from Raritan River Commissioned Works by Paul Moravec, Augusta Read Thomas (50th Birthday Celebration), Michael Karmon, Dusan Bogdanovic, among others

WHEN: Saturday, May 24, at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Clinton Presbyterian Church, 91 Center Street, Clinton, NJ  08809
TICKETS: $21; $14 for students and seniors. For more information and reservations: 908.213.1100

ETHEL invigorates the contemporary music scene with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming, and exceptional artistry.  At the heart of ETHEL is a collaborative ethos – a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community. As cultural and musical “pollinators,” ETHEL’s 2013-’14 season celebrates the diversity of regional American music. For nine consecutive years, ETHEL has served as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project, culminated in the first commercial recording of American Indian student works. Over the past four years, ETHEL has premiered 55+ new works by 20th- and 21st-century composers at major festivals throughout the country, including Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival and Lincoln Center's Out of Doors. Founded in 1998 and based in New York City, ETHEL comprises Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin) and Tema Watstein (violin).

“Indefatigable and eclectic” —The New York Times 
“Vital and brilliant” —The New Yorker
“One of the most exciting quartets around” —Strad Magazine

About Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo
Guitarists Laura Oltman and Michael Newman have been making music together since they met at the Aspen Music Festival in 1977.  As founding directors of Raritan River Music, they have developed an award-winning festival, community outreach program, and a new music commissioning and recording program.  They have recorded a dozen CDs, perform throughout the world, serve as Ensemble-in-Residence at New York’s Mannes College The New School of Music since 1987, are artistic advisors to the D’Addario Foundation Performance Series at Carnegie Hall and are the 2013-2014 Alan and Wendy Pesky Artists-in-Residence at Lafayette College.  They also founded the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, now in its 14th season, and the Lanciano International Guitar Seminar in Abruzzo, Italy, now in its 2nd season.

“Guitar duo dazzles with grace, precision” —Anchorage Daily News 
“Sheer artistic greatness” —Seen & Heard International 
“The standing ovation was probably the loudest noise to ever happen in rural Clinton.” —The Star-Ledger