ETHEL with Todd Rundgren – April 6, 2013

“Vital and brilliant,” according to The New Yorker, this quartet has been pioneering contemporary string music and performance since 1998. Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin) and Tema Watstein (violin) create an enormous sound that resonates with audiences around the world. ETHEL has premiered more than 50 new works, collaborated with the likes of Jill Sobule and David Byrne and rolled out the red carpet for shindigs such as the gala reopening of Alice Tully Hall. The New York City-based group’s “Tell Me Something Good” tour is a celebration of the culture and sounds of the 1970s featuring rock icon Todd Rundgren.Professor Rundgren formed the band Utopia in the ’70’s and is known for creating such hits as, “Hello, It’s Me” “I Saw the Light,” and “Can We Still Be Friends.” He has most recently toured with Ringo’s All Starr Band.

Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Ticket Prices by Section:
Platinum Section – $67 *
Gold Section – $57
Silver Section – $47
Bronze Section – $37
Copper Section – $20

These discounts available for phone & box office sales:
• Summit County students (K-12) pay $5 in Copper Section
• Summit County Teachers receive 2 for 1 tickets
• Seniors 62 and over 20% off all tickets
• Children 16 and under half price
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*All Platinum Section tickets include Reception Passes offering admittance to the official performance reception and after-party.  Eccles Center Main Stage Receptions are held at a gallery, restaurant or other location in Park City near the Eccles Center Theater; as reception locations change for each performance, guests are given passes indicating the reception location with their tickets on the night of the performance. 

Box office is open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm.   Call 435 655-3114 or walk up to Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd, Park City, UT.  Day of Show:  Box office opens at noon.

For immediate release
March 8, 2013

Park City Performing Arts Foundation presents
ETHEL with Todd Rundgren
April 6, 2013

PARK CITY, UT – “Vital and brilliant” (The New Yorker) string quartet, ETHEL, joins forces with ’70s rock icon Todd Rundgren on Saturday, April 6. This groovy collaboration wraps up the 2012-2013 Eccles Center season with a stunning tribute to a restless, intelligent time – a decade of loss and a decade of discovery. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

New York City-based ETHEL has been a post-classical pioneer since it was founded in 1998, invigorating contemporary concert music with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming and exceptional artistry. Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin) and Tema Watstein (violin) create an enormous sound that resonates with audiences around the world. ETHEL has premiered more than 50 new works, collaborated with the likes of Jill Sobule and David Byrne and rolled out the red carpet for shindigs such as the gala reopening of Alice Tully Hall. Off-stage, ETHEL continues to receive acclaim for its third album, Heavy (Innova Recordings, 2012), which has been described as “another beautiful reality of contemporary music” (All About Jazz).

The group’s current “Tell Me Something Good” tour is a celebration of the culture and sounds of the 1970s. In keeping with the theme, the program will include Lou Harrison’s Quartet Set (1972), an example of cross-cultural concert music, and ETHEL’s own arrangement of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel. The concert also includes arrangements by Sun Ra and new works by rising star Judd Greenstein.

Of course, the centerpiece of the program is special guest Todd Rundgren. Songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist and interactive artist, Professor Rundgren continues to evolve as a force in popular music. Known for hit singles, “Hello It’s Me,” “I Saw the Light,” “Can We Still Be Friends,” and “Bang the Drum,” Rundgren began his career as the teenager, fronting for the cult ’60s group The Nazz. His solo 1972 debut “Something/Anything?” – on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts and acted as his own producer – launched him into the industry limelight. He formed the band Utopia in 1974, a group which, for many, defined progressive rock. Rundgren has worked with everyone from Cheap Trick and Patti Smith to Meatloaf and Ringo Starr. In 1998, he debuted PatroNet technology, which allowed fans of a musical artist to subscribe directly to the artist’s musical output via Internet.

“What an incredible way to close one of the best seasons we’ve ever presented,” says PCPAF executive director Teri Orr. “ETHEL is not your grandmother’s string quartet. This group is sassy, innovative, edgy, remarkable… and they have the brilliance to team up with one of the most authentic and creative artists to come out of the 1970s. This collaboration is not only entertaining, it’s downright magical.”

In addition to the April 6 main stage show, ETHEL and Todd Rundgren are slated to participate in PCPAF’s Student Outreach Program.

* Please contact Jane Gendron for interview requests, review tickets, photos and press information, 435-640-3315.


Park City Performing Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization, dedicated to bringing world-class performances to the community. Since 1998, PCPAF has presented internationally renowned and cutting edge musicians, actors, authors, comedians, dancers and film at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (a joint-use facility with the Park City School District). The organization is currently presenting its ninth season of headliner concerts at Deer Valley Resort. PCPAF is dedicated to introducing young people to the arts through free student outreach workshops, shows and demonstrations. They proudly launched the Mega Genius Supply Store and IQ HQ – an after school literacy program and very thinky retail store – in January 2010.


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